Mercy Hospital Celebrates 2015 Nursing Excellence Awards


News Release: May 12, 2015


Mercy Hospital Celebrates 2015 Nursing Excellence Awards

Chicago, IL: Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in honor of Nurses Week 2015 celebrated the 2015 Nursing Excellence Awards on Wednesday, May 6th.  Nurses attended a special luncheon to honor the awardees. This year’s honorees were recognized by their peers for their outstanding patient care, hard work, and dedication to Keeping Our Patients 1st.

 “These nurses are truly committed to our mission of providing compassionate, patient-centered care,” said Carla Campbell, Chief Nursing Officer.

2015 Nursing Excellence Award Honorees and how their peers describe them:

Jacqueline Ave Maria, RN, 10th Floor- “This nurse gives unconditional love to all her patients; she does this by providing patient centered care. The most rewarding part of learning from her seeing many of her patients come to tears and thank her for providing the best nursing care they have ever been given.”

Mary Doyle, RN, Emergency Department- “Her knowledge and expertise is that of an exemplary clinical practitioner founded within the core values of service and trust in the Spirit and attributes of the Sisters of Mercy and Careful Nursing."

Jack Kamenske, RN, 10th Floor- “He works with others in the unit to ensure the patient comes first. He is very high energy and uses this energy to make his patients feel comfortable and respected. His patients trust him and know he is there for their best interest, a true advocate. Just go on the floor where he works and ask any patient he has cared for and they will know his name.”

Mary Pat Kerwin, RN, Labor & Delivery-“Our nominee exemplifies a true leader. She goes out of her way to support her fellow nurses. When there is any emergent situation I know I can depend on her ability to jump in and assist without any questions asked. For nurses and patients you can always approach her with questions or ask for assistance-she always helps out. She is very reliable and willing to sacrifice her own personal time for the safety of the unit. She will help you with your patients even if she has a full load herself.”

Any nurse can be nominated for the nursing excellence awards; nurses can be nominated by peers or any health care provider including physicians, physical therapist, etc. Nurses must exhibit the concepts of Caring Nursing as defined by Mercy’s Shared Governance Council.  Members from C.O.R.E. Council of Shared Governance then review the nominees and select the top four (4) nurses based on who had the most examples of the Caring Nursing Concepts. Awards were presented by Mary Ann Mahon-Huels, Chair, Mercy’s Women’s Board, Carol Schneider, President & CEO and Carla Campbell, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. Each recipient also received a $1,000 education grant, generously provided by Mercy Hospital Women’s Board.


About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Hospital is a member of Trinity Health, which is the new health ministry formed by the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for over 160 years. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma Center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWorks occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our numerous accreditations, distinctions and designations including: a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a certified Stroke Center; a Diabetes Treatment Center and leading Cancer Center, both accredited for excellence. To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit


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