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Chilton Hospital Announces Winners of its Seventh Annual ‘Circle of Excellence’ Nurse Awards

Chilton Hospital’s 2013 Circle of Excellence nursing award winners are pictured with President and CEO Deborah Zastocki, DPN, RN (far left), and Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC (far right). Winners from left to right are: Joanne Valent, RN (“Nursing Leadership”), Daniel Misa, RN (“Staff Nurse”), Kanitta Cline, PCT (“Patient Care Technician”), Bernadette Lattig, RN (“Preceptor”), Kenna Mowry, RN (“Novice Practitioner”), and Janet Hunter, RN (“Senior Generational Initiative”).

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually starting May 6, also known as National Nurses Day. It concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.

On Wednesday, May 8, Chilton Hospital’s celebration of National Nurses Week was highlighted by an induction of six individuals out of 20 nominees into its seventh annual “Circle of Excellence.”

“Our nurses bring Chilton Hospital’s vision to life: To promote wellness and to provide compassionate care and healing,” said Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC. “Our Circle of Excellence winners go above and beyond what it takes to heal our community, and I am very proud to work with such caring nurses.”

The awards and winners are as follows:

  • Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Joanne Valent, RN, BC, CWOCN, COS-C (of Pompton Plains), Clinical Operations Department
  • Excellence in Patient Centered Care by a Preceptor: Bernadette Lattig, RN (of Stillwater), Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
  • Excellence in Patient Centered Care by a Novice Practitioner: Kenna Mowry, RN (of Cedar Knolls), IMCU
  • Excellence in Patient Centered Care by a Staff Nurse: Daniel Misa, RN, CEN (of Lincoln Park), Emergency Department
  • Excellence in Senior Generational Initiative: Janet Hunter, RN, BC (of Jefferson Township), Clinical Operations Department
  • Excellence in Patient Centered Care by a Patient Care Technician: Kanitta Cline, PCT (of Butler), IMCU

The American Nurses Association (ANA), the largest nursing organization in the U.S., created National Nurses Week to highlight the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the nation’s largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. The ANA designated the 2013 National Nurses Week theme as “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.”

Click here for more information on the nursing program at Chilton Hospital, or call (973) 831-5050.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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