McHale, Chelsey
[email protected] | (480) 276-8998
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Heroes in Action - Arizona

DATE: Tuesday, September 20, 2022  |  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.

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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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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 a healthcare 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 May 10 - June 30, colleagues, supervisors, and instructors will nominate outstanding healthcare heroes in 15 diverse categories. This year, we will also include intraprofessional nominees in our Friend of Nursing and Healthcare Technology Partner categories. You can download a list of all categories here as well as view the descriptions in the next section to nominate a hero today! 

All official nominees will be invited to attend the Nominee Night Reception on September 7, 2022, 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 20, 2022. Both events will be held at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85024.

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 30, 2022.

Our 15 diverse categories for this year include:

Public Health Nursing
Presented by Creighton University, College of Nursing

Population-based care such as school nurses, occupational nurse, prison nurse, public health nurse and community health nurse.

Education and Research
Presented by Chamberlain University

Nurses who've made significant contributions in education or the professional development of nursing professionals and/or nursing research. Including, but not limited to, clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, instructors, nurse researchers or professors.
Friend To Nursing
Presented by Equality Health

No nursing degree required, but allowable for those working in non-direct care roles. Works closely with nurses to complement direct nursing care, which could include, but is not limited to: pharmacy, IT, vendors, janitorial, nurse assistants, patient services, infection control and occupational health.
Diversity and Advocacy
Presented by Abrazo Health

Nurse who demonstrates excellence within their specialty while exemplifying commitment to advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion and advocates for the promotion of diversity within the field of nursing.
Excellence in MCH (Maternal Child Health)
Recognizes an administrator or provider who demonstrates excellence, compassion and dedication in embodying the mission and vision of March of Dimes by promoting healthy moms and strong babies. The recipient is an effective leader serving the clinical community and/or general community fighting effectively and passionately to advance the health of every mom and baby.

Healthcare Technology Partner
Recognizes a technology partner (or vendor) within a hospital setting or in the MCH Field (i.e. medical device equipment).
Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing
Presented by Aspen University

Nurses who practice in non-traditional settings such as: informatics, holistic/integrative healing, quality improvement, legal nurse consultants, entrepreneurial; nursing and global/humanitarian nursing.
Presented by Banner Health

Nurses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in nursing and/or patient care.
Mental Health
Presented by ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Nurses who practice in the areas of mental health, including: behavioral health and chemical dependency.
Presented by HonorHealth

Nurses specializing in the care of neonates, working in newborn nursery, Level II and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Nurses who care for and educate patients who have cancer. Includes nurses who work in the community, provide inpatient and outpatient care and cancer hospice care.
Presented by Phoenix Children's 

Nurses specializing in the care of children working in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), general pediatric units, pediatric clinics and pediatric rehabilitation.
Rising Star
Presented by Banner Health

Nurses in their first two years of practice who exemplify outstanding patient care, leadership, and professionalism.

Critical Care/Emergency
Presented by Northern Arizona Healthcare

Registered Nurses who work in adult ICU/CCU, IMC. Cardiac Catheterized lab and special procedures PTCA interventional Radiology, Emergency Department (adult and pediatric), Flight, Ambulance, Pre-hospital and Telephone Triage.
Student Nurse
Presented by Arizona College of Nursing

Students enrolled in either a BSN or an ADN, with a minimum GPA of 3.25, who has assumed a leadership role in nursing student organization as well as exemplified outstanding participation within the community. Only nursing faculty may nominate students for this category.



The March of Dimes celebrates HEROES IN ACTION in the most meaningful ways, through partnerships with hospitals, healthcare 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. Click here to learn more. We look forward to discussing your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Chelsey McHale for details: [email protected] or (480) 276-8998.
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Event Leadership

Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer Chair, 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.


Heroes in Action Chair: Sarah Schroyer, Grand Canyon University

Scoring Committee: 
Anne McNamara, Aspen University
Zoe Coleman, Dignity Health
Halsey Hill, HonorHealth
Anna Steffens, UnitedHealthcare
LeAnne Prenovost, Chamberlain University
Nicole Venuti, Northern Arizona Healthcare
Connie Miller, University of Arizona
Therese Speer, Arizona State University
Jessica Felts, Phoenix Children's
Melanie Logue, Chamberlain University
Nancy Shirley, Creighton University
Sharen Lacayo, Arizona College of Nursing
Debbie Kohm, Banner Health
Lori Satran, HonorHealth
Andrea Hassler, Dignity Health
Suzanne Buhrow, MercyCare
Livia Arevalo, Equality Health
Renee Connor, Phoenix Children's
Cheryl Schmidt, Arizona State University
Claudia Mitchell, American College of Education
Maureen Wade, Arizona Complete Health
Alice Gonzales, Abrazo Health
Amanda Whitman, Phoenix Children's
Caroline Fisher, Arizona State University
Brandi Benjamin, Valleywise Health Center
Heather Ashby, Northern Arizona University 
Kathleen Winston, University of Phoenix
Tami Wisely, Grand Canyon University
Wes Foster, Maricopa Community College District
Winner Selection Committee:
Sarah Schroyer, Grand Canyon University
Ellen Poole (2021 NOTY), formerly Chamberlain University
Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children's Medical Center
Dawna Cato, Arizona Nurses Association/Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing
Michelle Henderson, Abrazo Health
Susan Bohnenkamp, Banner University Medical Center Tucson
Angela Muzzy, Tucson Medical Center
Debbie Barrett-Bryson
Linda Downing, UnitedHealthcare


To be determined by Winner Selection Committee at Nominee Night Reception on September 7, 2022 at Chateau Luxe

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