Nurses honored for compassionate care at St. Louis Magazine reception

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities St. Louis Magazine winnersthe profession offers. Each year, St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards honor local nurses for compassionate care and making a difference in the field of nursing. Nine nurses from Barnes-Jewish Hospital were finalists, with three winners. A reception to celebrate all finalists and winners took place last night.

The hospital’s three winners were:

  • Benita Austin, MSN, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner, palliative care services
  • Barbara Logue, BSN, RN, BA, CCRN, staff nurse, cardiothoracic intensive care unit
  • Meranda Scherer, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNSA, resource nurse, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery

Logue was given a perfect score by the magazine’s judging panel.

Other finalists from Barnes-Jewish included:

  • Colleen Becker, MSN, RN, CCRN, executive director, perioperative services
  • Margaret Capriglione, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, adult nurse practitioner, heart and vascular services
  • Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, director, nurse anesthesia program, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and director, CRNA education and research, anesthesiology department at Washington University
  • Rinnah MacVittie, BSN, RN, BA, staff nurse, cardiothoracic surgery step down unit
  • Lisa Murphy, BSN, RN, nurse coordinator, heart and vascular services administration
  • Julie Spencer, MSN, RN, CDE, affiliate assistant professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

As a showcase of nursing excellence, Barnes-Jewish nurses were also recently recognized for the second time with Magnet® redesignation. This year marks 10 years of Magnet nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In addition to the hospital’s winners, we’d also like to congratulate the winners and finalists at our partner institutions, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

The winners included:

  • Mary Megehan, a cardiac-intensive care staff nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, award recipient in the intensive care category
  • Karen Balakas, a nurse researcher at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, recipient in the research category
  • Linda Black, a staff nurse at Washington University School of Medicine department of surgery’s urologic surgery division, recipient in the acute care/general medicine category
  • Diana Kraus, a nurse who helps coordinate trauma care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, recipient in the management/nurse executive/nurse leader category
  • Cassandra Ward, a nurse in the Memory Diagnostic Center at Washington University School of Medicine’s department of neurology, recipient in the neurology/psychology/behavioral health category

The finalists were:

  • Stacy Pokorny, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Barbara Miller, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Marianne Fournie, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • Victoria Peck, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Robyn Myers, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Reida McDowell, Washington University School of Medicine, Siteman Cancer Center
  • Jaime Menendez, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Donna Kaempfe, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Mandy Drozda, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Tammy Heffner, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Margaret Ann Shaner, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Julie Stumpf, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.

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