March of Dimes Nurses of the Year

The March of Dimes Virginia Chapter announced the winners of the 2nd annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards that included two nurses from Mary Washington Hospital, Edna Kaye Donald, LPN and Cindy Hearell, RN. An Awards Gala honoring these winning nurses and all finalists was held at the Richmond Omni on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Edna Kaye Donald is an LPN and certified lactation consultant at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.  Cindy Hearell is a Registered Nurse in the Surgical Services Department of the hospital.  At MWH we are very fortunate to have many talented nurses. Kay and Cindy are leaders in their clinical areas," Role models for their peers," says Eileen Dohmann, VP of Clinical Operations, Cardiac and Women's services. “

Nurses are an integral part of the March of Dimes mission for stronger, healthier babies. The Nurse of the Year Awards is a state-wide event that recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes.

The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviews hundreds of applications across 17 categories ranging from Oncology to Pediatrics.  More than 74 finalists emerged, all representing the March of Dimes’ vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families; however the commitment and dedication recognized in MWH’s nurses as well as the other winners could not be ignored.

Nurses, sponsors and honored guests including Richmond City Mayor Dwight Jones and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott from the 3rd District enjoyed a cocktail hour and silent auction to benefit the March of Dimes Foundation before the Awards Program.  The Awards presentation and program was led by emcee Zach Daniel, Emmy award-winning Chief Meteorologist for WTVR Channel 6 in Richmond.

Mary Washington Healthcare congratulates Edna Kay Donald, LPN, and Cindy Hearell, RN and the other 2012 winning nurses, whose dedication and commitment to quality healthcare is unmatched in their fields.