Katzaroff, Lori
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Heroes In Action - Arizona

DATE: Tuesday, September 14, 2021  |  TIME: 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Chateau Luxe
ADDRESS: 1175 E Lone Cactus Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85024

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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Become a sponsor

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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HEROES IN ACTION: Honoring Outstanding Nurses and Maternal & Infant Health Providers

Join us at the newly reimagined HEROES IN ACTION (formerly March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year Awards), as we honor outstanding nurses and maternal & infant health providers across our state!

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, or researcher, you all play a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes: leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. 

From April 5 - June 10, 2021, colleagues, supervisors, and instructors will nominate outstanding healthcare heroes in 15 diverse categories.  This year we will also include intraprofessional nominees in our two Friend of Nursing categories. You can download a list of these options in the section below.

All official nominees will be invited to attend the Nominee Night Reception on August 17, 2021, where the top three finalists in each category will be announced. The winner in each category - along with our Distinguished Nurse of the Year - will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on September 14, 2021.

We are grateful to our nominees, finalists, and winners, for helping to raise money for our mission--to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies!  Your support of March of Dimes will help them reach their goal of $15,000, which will fund programs like:

* Free virtual/in-person NICU support programs for families
* Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be 
* Health equity for moms & babies, addressing racial disparities in maternal/child health 
* COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies 
* Educational programs for families, including live Facebook panel discussions
* Necessary supplies for expectant mothers, including blood pressure cuffs and masks
* And so much more!


The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession and all maternal & infant providers by recognizing extraordinary
HEROES IN ACTION throughout the community. HEROES IN ACTION events honor those who make a
difference in the lives of so many. Nominate an outstanding hero today!
Deadline for nominations is June 10, 2021.

Our 15 diverse categories for this year include:

Advanced Practice
Presented by Equality Health

Registered Nurses who are Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners,
Certified Nurse Anesthetists or Nurse Psychotherapists.

Care Coordination
Presented by UnitedHealth Group, Center for Clinician Advancement

Registered Nurses in Case Management, Transition Management, Transplant Coordinator,
or other coordination of care position.
Outpatient/Community & Public Health
Presented by Arizona Complete Health

Registered Nurses who work in community health, behavioral health, clinics, hospice, home-health & palliative care,
public health, K-12 schools or universities, outpatient diagnostics, parish or prison nurses,
and private practice nurses of any specialty.
Critical Care/Emergency
Presented by Mayo Clinic

Registered Nurses who work in adult ICU/CCU, IMC, cardiac catheterization lab and special procedures,
PTCA interventional radiology, emergency department (adult and pediatric), flight,
ambulance, pre-hospital, and telephone triage.
Nurse Educator
Presented by Chamberlain University

Registered Nurses who educate future nurses in either a university/community college/hospital
or other school/community setting,
or those who have contributed significantly to research within the nursing profession.

General Medical/Surgical
Registered Nurses who work in general medicine, surgical, orthopedics, oncology, renal, respiratory, cardiovascular, periop,
PACU, day surgery, OR, and endoscopy; also those caring for patients in specialty long-term acute care hospitals,
skilled nursing facilities, and acute rehabilitation long-term care facilities.
Military/Federal Nurse
Registered Nurses who serve in the US Military (active/reserves), DisasterMedical Assistance Teams,
US Public Health Service, Veterans Administration, or Indian Health Services.
Nursing Administration and Leadership
Presented by Grand Canyon University

Registered Nurses functioning as charge nurses in any specialty care units - including pediatrics -
plus entrepreneurs, consultants, CNEs, CNOs, VPs, administrative directors, supervisory roles
in clinical/non-clinical settings, fulltime shift/clinical coordinators, and department directors or department managers.
Presented by Phoenix Children's Hospital

Registered Nurses who work in the nursery, general pediatric units, pediatric clinics, pediatric oncology settings,
PICU, NICU, and private pediatric practices.
Rising Star - COVID Focus
For the 2021 award, this category will recognize Registered Nurses who began their career
during the pandemic, after January 2020.
Women's Health
Presented by Banner Health

Registered Nurses involved in antepartum, labor & delivery, maternal/baby care, postpartum,and gynecology.
Student Nurse, Prelicensure
Presented by Arizona College

Students enrolledin either a BSN or an ADN, witha minimumGPA of 3.25, who have assumed a leadership role
in a student nursing organization, as well as exemplified outstanding participation within the community.
**Only nursing faculty may nominate students for this category.
Student Nurse, Advanced Degree
Presented by Aspen University 

Students enrolled in either a MSN or a DNP program, with a minimum GPA of 3.25, and exemplifying
outstanding participation within the community. **Only nursing faculty may nominate students for this category.
Friends of Nursing - Direct Care
Physicians, Respiratory Therapists, and other care team members - non RNs -
who collaborate with nurses to produce excellent patient outcomes.
Friends of Nursing - Support Services
Those who support nursing in non-direct care roles, including but not limited to IT/informtics, suppliers, risk management,
occupational health & safety, infection control, security, scheduling, Unit Clerks, and hospital volunteers.
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Event Leadership

Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer Co-Chairs, our Scoring Committee, and our Winner Selection Committee, we are honored to present HEROES IN ACTION. These volunteers are taking the event to new heights, honoring more nurses and maternal/infant health providers than ever before. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.


Co-Chair:  Susan Bohnenkamp, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Banner-UMC Tucson
Co-Chair:  Angela Muzzy, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tucson Medical Center

Scoring Committee: 
Sarah Schroyer, Grand Canyon University
Anne McNamara, Aspen University,
Zoe, Dignity Health/St. Joseph's Hospital
Halsey Hill, HonorHealth
Anna Steffens, UnitedHealthcare
LeAnne Prenovost, Grand Canyon University
Nicole Venuti, Northern Arizona Healthcare
Sandra Marques, Northern Arizona University
Connie Miller, University of Arizona
Therese Speer, Arizona State University
Jessica Felts, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Melanie Logue, Chamberlain University
Nancy Shirley, Creighton University
Sharen Lacayo, Arizona College
Kathy Matson, Mayo Clinic
Debbie Kohm, Banner Health
Lori Satran, HonorHealth
Jody Pelusi, HonorHealth
Amy Mirabella, HonorHealth
Andrea Hassler, Dignity Health
Suzanne Buhrow, MercyCare
Jennifer Nowlin, Valleywise
Livia Arevalo, Equality Health
Thelma Brandon-Williams
Charlann Staab, Phi Medical Air
Renee Connor, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Cheryl Schmidt, Arizona State University
Claudia Mitchell, American College of Education
Maureen Wade, Arizona Complete Health/Centene
Stephanie Weiss, Arizona Complete Health/Centene
Jennifer Cornelius, Arizona Complete Health/Centene
Hillary Heller, Arizona Complete Health/Centene
Alice Gonzales, Abrazo Health
Kathy Piotrowski, Arizona Nurse Anesthetists Association
Winner Selection Committee:
Debbie Barrett-Bryson
Linda Downing, UnitedHealthcare
Dr. Kim LaMar, Chamberlain University
Rhonda Anderson
Dawna Cato, AzNA
Susan Bohnenkamp, Banner University Medical Tucson
Angela Muzzy, Tucson Medical Center
Michelle Henderson, Abrazo Health


The March of Dimes celebrates HEROES IN ACTION in the most meaningful ways, through partnerships with hospitals, health care facilities, nursing schools, organizations, vendors and individuals. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our HEROES IN ACTION events, providing integration and civic engagement while paying tribute to nurses and other maternal/infant health providers. We look forward to discussing your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Lori Katzaroff for details:  [email protected] or 602-686-7342.

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