CELEBRATING NURSES AND MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH PROVIDERS

Applekamp, Laurie
[email protected] | (405) 415-1262
[email protected] Applekamp, Laurie

Celebrating Nursing Excellence

DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2024  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre
ADDRESS: 1544 OK-9, Norman, OK 73072
 

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Event description

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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EVENT DETAILS

Join us Thursday, November 14th at the Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre, 1544 OK-9, Norman, OK 73072 at 6pm (registration and reception)  7pm, (dinner/program) for the Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. We will pay tribute to nursing excellence and the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the state of Oklahoma while also raising money for the mission of March of Dimes.

At the awards event, March of Dimes will be celebrating the 15th year of honoring nursing excellence in our great state.

 

Congratulations to the 2024 Heroes in Action Winners

Advanced Practice
Angela Farmer, Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Charge Nurse
Kristen Potts, Norman Regional Health System

Critical Care
Ashley Irons, Norman Regional Health System

Education
Angela Woodard, SSM St. Anthony Hospital

Emergency 
Jessica Low, SSM St. Anthony Hospital

General Medical/Surgical
 Elizabeth Trenary, INTEGRIS Health Edmond

Healthcare Technology Partner
Charlie Nguyen, INTEGRIS Health

House Supervisor
Elisabeth Bell, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital

Infection Control, Occupational Health, Quality & Risk Management
Julie McCurley-Smith, Norman Regional Health System

Innovation in Clinical Advancement
Brenda Southwell-Warden, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Medical Center

LPN
Esther Henning, Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Neonatal/Pediatric
Elaine Banks, Ascension St. John

Nursing Administration 
 Amber McKinzie, Bethany Children’s Health Center

Nursing Management
Lori Page, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital

Public Health, Ambulatory Care, & Other Nursing Specialties
Wanda Emmett, Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation
 
Rising Star
Madison Brady, INTEGRIS Health Canadian Valley Health Center

Surgical Services
Kyndra Kreger, OCOM Hospital

Women’s Health
Whitney Marrero, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Medical Center

 


 

2023 HEROES IN ACTION
AWARD CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Registered and Licenced Practical nurses in Oklahoma that are in good standing with the
Oklahoma State Board of Nursing are eligible.
Nominee must exemplify an extraordinary level of caring and compassion in the delivery of patient care services. Nominee is perceived as a leader among peers and affects positive change in the profession, workplace and community
.


ADVANCED PRACTICE
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner,
Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Psychotherapist.
 
CHARGE NURSE
Includes nurses in all clinical areas who function in the Charge,

Lead or Shift role.
 
CRITICAL CARE

Includes adult ICU/CCU, IMC, Cath lab and special procedures, PTCA Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, with intermediate care units. 
 
EDUCATION
Includes University/Junior College, Hospital, and Community

(schools, etc.) and Research. 

EMERGENCY
ER, flight, ambulance, pre-hospital, telephone triage and Peds ER.
 
GENERAL MEDICAL / SURGICAL
Medical, surgical, orthopedics, neurological, renal respiratory, cardiovascular, nursing dependent upon specialty for either category.

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY PARTNER
Recognizes a technology partner (or vendor) within a hospital setting or in the MCH Field (ex: Medical Device Equipment).


HOUSE SUPERVISOR
A registered, competent, professional nurse who supervises, directs, and supports the nursing staff on all shifts. Has strong clinical and problems solving skills and acts as administrative representative of the hospital in the absence when the Administrative team is not on site

INFECTION CONTROL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH,
QUALITY & RISK MANAGEMENT
Nursing in IC/EH and Occupational Health Settings, Performance Improvement, Quality Management, Risk Management, Informatics, Patient Advocate, Patient Safety in Community and/or Hospital.  


INNOVATION CLINICAL ADVANCEMENT
Recognizes an individual (nurse, doctor, researcher or other clinical provider) whose innovation has improved patient safety, quality of care and patient outcomes in the healthcare environment.  Innovation can be in the form of products, programs, projects, or interventions.
 
NURSING ADMINISTRATION
Includes Consultants, CNE's, CNO's, and VP's

NURSING MANAGEMENT

Clinical Director/Nursing Manager/Administrative Directors

NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC
Nursery, general pediatric units, pediatric clinics, PICU, and NICU.
 
PUBLIC HEALTH & AMBULATORY CARE &

OTHER NURSING SPECIALTIES
Public health, clinic, office and other ambulatory care settings and/or school, government agencies, Indian health facilities, reservations, Parish, prison nursing and/or transplant coordinator, nursing caring for patients in Behavioral Health, Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Acute, Rehabilitation, etc.

RISING STAR
Nurse within the first 2 years of practice who exemplifies outstanding caring, leadership, and professionalism.
 
SURGICAL SERVICES
Perioperative, Preoperative, PACU, Day Surgery, AND/OR Endoscopy.
 
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Antepartum, Intrapartum, Maternal/Baby Care, Postpartum, and Gynecology.



 
Profile photo of Brittni McGill, MSN, CCRN

EVENT LEADERSHIP- 2023 Chair

Chair
Brittni McGill is the Chief Nursing Officer at Norman Regional Health System. Melissa has been a nurse for 17 years. She has worked at Comanche County Memorial Hospital for 12 years, and was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer last year. Her husband is also a registered nurse at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Together they have two beautiful boys, Roman, 9, and Joseph, 3. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.


We celebrate the nursing profession by recognizing extraordinary nurses throughout our community and honoring those who make a difference in the lives of so many.

Whether serving as educators, researchers or health care providers, nurses are critical to improving the health of families, which is even more important now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For 85 years, March of Dimes has worked to improve the health of mothers and babies. By joining us to honor the outstanding health professionals at the Heroes in Action Awards gala, you’re helping March of Dimes continue to make a tremendous impact in our community through research, education, advocacy and outreach. 


Thank you for helping us recognize deserving nurses.

 
Selection Committee Chair                  Karyl James – Mercy Hospital

Leadership Committee                       
Angela Beddor – OCOM North

Angie Kamermayer – INTEGRIS Edmond
Annette Troxell – Norman Regional Health System
Britni McGill – Norman Regional Health System
Christine McMurray – Norman Regional Health System
Cindy Leathers – Saint Francis Hospital
Cynthia Standlee – Mercy Ada
Donna Delise – Community Hospital
Elain Richardson – SSM St. Anthony Hospital
Evelyn Radichel – Hillcrest Medical Center

Jackie Aguilar – Stillwater Medical Center
Jeanne Campbell – Stillwater Medical Center
Jill Hughes – INTEGRIS Health
Kammie Monarch –

Karen Navis – Ascension St. John Hospital
Krista Reyna – McBride Hospital
Kristen Webb – Duncan Regional Hospital
Lewis Perkins – INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
Melissa Alvillar – Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Michelle Quinalty – Alliance Health Seminole
Shaun Horton – OU Medical Center Edmond
Shelley Wells – Northwest Oklahoma State University
Stacey Decker – Lakeside Women’s Hospital

Tina Pekrul – OSU Medical Center
Vicki Cantrell – INTEGRIS Canadian Valley
 
 

BECOME A SPONSOR

The March of Dimes in Oklahoma is celebrating the 14th anniversary of nursing excellence in the most meaningful way, through partnerships with hospitals, health care facilities, organizations, vendors and individuals.

Sponsorship activation opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Oklahoma Heroes in Action (formerly Nurse of the Year), and this is a great way to provide integration and civic engagement while paying tribute to nurses. Partnerships can be customized for this special event based on your company's marketing needs and objectives. 
Sponsorship opportunities

Let's connect!  For more information on how to become involved or activate your brand with the Oklahoma Heroes in Action 13th anniversary campaign, contact Laurie Applekamp, Executive Director, (405) 415-1262 or [email protected]


 

View our updated event acknowledgements and waivers here.