VNA HealthCare to Host Tenth Annual Hartford Region Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing


HARTFORD –April 13, 2012— Exceptional nurses will be honored in the Hartford region at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Gala on May 10. Hosted by VNA HealthCare, a home health agency, the event will be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown with more than 500 in attendance. There are 111 nurses chosen as Nightingale honorees this year, representing 32 different institutions.

As part of its focus on the future of the nursing profession, the event raises funds to be used for scholarships for nursing students. They will accept their scholarships from Ellen Rothberg, President and CEO of VNA HealthCare at a breakfast April 20. VNA HealthCare will award $500 each to ten deserving students who were nominated by their schools. VNA HealthCare has awarded over $49,000 in scholarships since the Nightingale program began in 2003.

The winners this year are Holly Dzen and Michelle Merrill, Saint Joseph College; Kelly Gordon and Alyssa Kocak, Central Connecticut State University; Lynn Giuffrida and Carrey Lordemann, Capital Community College; Tushemia Roberts and Kimberly Congden, University of Hartford and Nicole Conover and Veronica Gonzalez, Goodwin College.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level. In 2003, two years after inception, the program grew to include galas in Eastern Connecticut, Fairfield county and Hartford, as well as the original program in New Haven.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing are non-competitive and inclusive of all health care settings – hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care facilities, nursing schools, agencies and medical practices. RNs and LPNs (full or part-time) who demonstrate excellence may be considered for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, and/or education. 



About VNA HealthCare
Founded in 1901, VNA HealthCare provides home health care to 60 towns in Central Connecticut and Greater Waterbury. The agency provides care ranging from skilled nursing, hospice, rehabilitation and speech therapy to cardiac nursing. VNA HealthCare is an affiliate of Hartford HealthCare and is a Caring Partner with Saint Mary’s Hospital. VNA HealthCare employs more than 800 employees and cares for more than 12,000 patients annually. For more information about VNA HealthCare, go to or call 1-800-HOMECARE.





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