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Omaha Magazine Announces Finalists In The Inaugural Excellence In Nursing Awards

Mar 31, 2015 09:18AM ● By Omaha Magazine Staff
Omaha Magazine will honor nurses and their extraordinary contributions to patients, their families, the nursing profession, and the healthcare system at the inaugural Omaha Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards on April 23, 2015, at the Omaha Press Club. The awards are designed to honor the region’s outstanding nursing professionals.

Nurses in 18 care categories were nominated through open voting by the public in a process that detailed how each professional’s actions made an important difference in the life of those they serve. A prestigious national panel reviewed each submission and selected both the finalists and winners in each category.

The finalists will be featured in the May/June issue of Omaha Magazine. Sponsoring the Excellence in Nursing Awards are Nebraska Methodist College, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, LifeNet, and College of St. Mary.

Omaha Magazine is the flagship product of Omaha Publications, whose other titles include Omaha Home, B2B, Encounter, 60PLUS In Omaha, and HerFamily.

Omaha Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards Finalists:

Acute Care/Family Practice

  • Kim Hayes, Nebraska Medicine
  • Jodeena M. Kempnich, CHI Health
  • Bianca Meehan, Omaha VA Medical Center


  • Bridget Boeckman, Nebraska Medicine
  • Kim Robison, Methodist Hospital
  • Jenny Strawn, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Community Care/Ambulatory Care

  • Carolyn Carr, CHI Health Lakeside
  • Ira Combs, UNMC
  • Sarah Martensen, CHI Health Midlands


  • Elizabeth Lynn Beam, UNMC
  • Joyce Black, UNMC College of Nursing
  • Kathleen Zaijic, College of St. Mary

Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care

  • Jena Ann Fosdick, Saint Jude Hospice
  • Diane McGee, Nebraska Medicine
  • Jennifer Kaluza, Nebraska Medicine

Management/Nurse Executive

  • Tracy Doebelin, CHI Health Bergan
  • Dr. Katherine Girard, National American University
  • Linda Norton, CHI Health Lakeside

Neurology/Psychology/Behavioral Health

  • Monica Bentzinger, Nebraska Medicine
  • Amy Jo Patten, Nebraska Medicine
  • Crystal Pearon, Nebraska Medicine


  • Cheryl Bohacek, Methodist Hospital
  • Whitney Knuth, Nebraska Medicine

Pediatrics – Neonatal

  • Jamie Jensen, Methodist Women’s Hospital
  • Nancy Murray, Methodist Women’s Hospital
  • Catherine Stanton, Nebraska Medicine

Pediatrics – Non-neonatal

  • Anisa Hoie, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Kristie Schwab, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Susan Steinke, Children’s Respite Care Center


  • Katie Pearson, Methodist Hospital
  • Lesha Murphy, Methodist Hospital


  • Bridgette Laney, CHI Health Midlands
  • Lindsey Gross-Rhode, Plattsmouth School District
  • Jillian Sisson, Nebraska Methodist College

Senior Services

  • Shannon Dobey, Omaha VA Medical Center
  • Dawn Truckenbrod, Brookestone Meadows
  • Kathleen Wooley, Life Care Center of Elkhorn

Women’s Health

  • Teresa Kenney, Pope Paul VI Institute
  • Sharon McArdle, Methodist Women’s Hospital
  • Ann Smith, CHI Health Alegent

Medical-Surgical Nursing

  • Alexei Boettcher, Methodist Hospital
  • Erin Merrill, Nebraska Medicine
  • Blake Kevin Smith, Methodist Hospital


  • Mary Jane Egan, Life Net and Nebraska Medicine
  • Ellen Long, Omaha VA Medical Center


  • Chris McLouth, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Angie Pfeiffer, CHI Health Lakeside

Intensive Care

  • Kelly Renee Goetschkes, UNMC
  • Keri Kennon, CHI Health Lakeside
  • Kimberly Sieck, CHI Health

For more information, contact Erin Cox, Event Director at Omaha Magazine, at [email protected] or 402-884-2038.

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