MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals Name 2014 Nurse of the Year

June 17, 2014

nursingBaltimore—(June 17, 2014) — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals have named their 2014 Nurse of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the dedication, commitment and passion of the entire MedStar Health nursing team. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital will also honor the tradition of naming a Nurse of the Year in November.

MedStar Health values its nursing team for the dedication and service they provide to patient care every day. It’s through the commitment of skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate nurses, who champion for patients during the most vulnerable moments of their lives, that nursing excellence rises to the top. MedStar Health recognizes the role nurses have in the patient experience and ensuring quality outcomes.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor acknowledged their nurses during their annual Nurses Week celebrations in May. Nursing’s top honor was awarded to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice. Congratulations to the 2014 Nurse of the Year recipients:

  • Ashley Wells, RN, Charge Nurse, Surgical Unit, MedStar Franklin Square
    With the respect and admiration of her team, Wells is referred to by her peers as a role model charge nurse and transformational leader. She uses a proactive approach to provide structure, balance and consistency within the unit. Wells encourages a culture of safety and is engaged in every aspect of quality on the unit and in the organization. Dedicated to improving outcomes and enhancing the patient experience, Wells seizes opportunities to improve her practice and approach, while also providing support and mentorship to both new and seasoned staff.
  • Megan Van Hoy, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Good Samaritan
    Van Hoy exemplifies the definition of what a nurse should be, giving 100 percent to her patients and their families, as well as her peers, each and every day. She is described as a nurse who listens to patients’ concerns and responds efficiently and effectively. As a charge nurse, she makes sure that not only the needs of patients are met but she anticipates the needs of the family as well. Van Hoy embraces change and innovation and is not afraid to speak up and suggest ways to improve patient care.
  • Amanda Rothenbecker, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Harbor
    Rothenbecker’s peers describe her as professional, respectful, inspirational; her patients describe her as dedicated, compassionate, timely. Though these words are used to describe most nurses, Rothenbecker sets herself apart by effortlessly living each of these traits day in and day out. As a charge nurse, she exhibits the qualities of a natural leader with a strong commitment to excellence. She provides calming guidance in difficult situations, encourages teamwork towards innovative solutions, and refocuses efforts to meet the needs of those around her. Through her work on the Clinical Advancement Council and continuing education, Rothenbecker is committed to professional development in order to advance her career to become a nurse practitioner.

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit for more information.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital ( is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. 

About MedStar Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit

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