March of Dimes Foundation
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Nurse of the Year Awards - Atlanta

DATE: Friday, November 9, 2018  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The Fairmont
ADDRESS: 1429 Fairmont Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

For additional information on the Georgia Nurse of the Year Awards, contact Rebecca Mayo at (404) 720-5308 or [email protected]


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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!

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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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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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Congratulations to our 2018 Georgia Nurse of the Year Award Recipients!

Advanced Practice
Emily Goolsby - Wellstar Health System

Community Health
Pamela Smith - Georgia Department of Public Health

Critical Care
Mary D. Still - Emory Healthcare

Emergency Care
Rebecca Daniel - Gwinnett Medical Center

General Medical
Linda S. Brown - Emory Healthcare

Hospice, Home Health, Pallative Care, Long Term Acute Care
Alethea Watts - Emory Healthcare

Informatics, Research and Evidence Based Practice
Nicole Carlson - Emory Healthcare

Laura Lindsey - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Managed Care
Rajani Binu - UnitedHealth Group

Nursing Administration
Rebecca Heitkam - Emory Healthcare

Nursing Education
Alexis Dunn - Emory Healthcare

Carol Del Campo - Northside Hospital

James Ludemann - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Rising Star / Emerging Leader
Carmen Reed - Emory Healthcare

Student Nursing
Mica David - Georgia Baptist School of Nursing

Surgical Services
Jane Hamilton - Wellstar Health System

Women's Health
LaShea Wattie - Wellstar Health System

Distinguished Nurse of the Year
Vangie Dennis - Wellstar Health System



Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present the Ninth Annual Georgia Nurse of the Year Awards. 

The March of Dimes and the families we serve are grateful for the generosity and effort of our committee that makes this event possible. After months of planning and hard work, this dedicated tream has taken the event to new heights, honoring more nurses across the state of Georgia than ever before.

 2018 Georgia Nurse of the Year Event Chair
Bernadette C. Bellamy

Bernadette Bellamy, MBA, BSN, CCM has twenty-four years of extensive experience in healthcare business and account management, clinical process and program development and workforce performance. Her career has evolved from clinical bedside care to business owner to managed care and population health to her most recent role as Clinical Manager at Optum.  During her tenure at Optum, she joined nearly 32,000 clinicians located in all fifty states and seven countries around the world as a part of United Health Group. 
She successfully blends an extensive background in nursing, business administration and client services to deliver corporate deliverables, leadership and performance development to expand workforce capability and drive change for positive quality outcomes.  She has excelled in post-care care and team performance and development. She has a proven track record of building successful professional relationships that enable change and improve the way healthcare creates and delivers value. 
Bernadette holds a BSN in Nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery, an M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University and is certified in case management.
Bernadette resides in Kennesaw, GA with her husband.  They have six children and eight grandchildren.  


The March of Dimes in Georgia celebrates nursing in the most meaningful way, through partnerships with hospitals, health care facilities, organizations, vendors and individuals.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Georgia Nurse of the Year event, providing integration and civic engagement while playing tribute to nurses. We look forward to discussing your partnership with this special event!

For more information on how to become involved with the Georgia Nurse of the Year campaign, contact Rebecca Mayo at (404) 720-5308 or [email protected].

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