MedStar Franklin Square Names 2015 Nurse of the Year

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is pleased to honor its 850 nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. "MedStar Franklin Square nurses demonstrate ethical practice and quality care each and every day."

May 8, 2015

 NurseoftheYearSQBaltimore, MD - (May 8, 2014) - MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is pleased to honor its 850 nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The American Nurses Association set the theme of this year’s observance, “Ethical practice. Quality care.” Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, says, "MedStar Franklin Square nurses demonstrate ethical practice and quality care each and every day through our commitment to Magnet, creating a safe and high reliability organization, and by creating a collaborative, respectful, and professional work environment where nurses want to work."

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is proud to recognize individual nurses for their hard work and dedication in the field of nursing during an annual Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony. Nominations are accepted for nurses in one of several service lines and areas of the hospital. A winner from each area is selected, and then one extraordinary nurse is chosen as Nurse of the Year. Pictured is the 2015 Nurse of the Year, Melissa Miller, from the Tower 1 unit. The full list of nurses recognized at this year’s ceremony includes:  

Community Health and Ambulatory Services
Debbie Kavanagh, Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Behavioral Health Services
Ashley Beck, 2SB

Medicine Services
Melissa Miller, Tower 1

Emergency Services
Michelle Patrylak-Quint, Emergency Department

Oncology Services
Erica Axilrod, 4SB

Supplemental Staff
Eugenio Saavedra, Internal Registry

Surgical Services
Lisa Capri, OR

Women’s & Children’s Services
Dominic Petrovia, NICU

Distinguished Nurse in a Support Role
Carol DelaCruz, Tower 2 Educator

Outstanding Nurse in a Leadership Role
Amy Alsante, Tower 1 Nurse Manager

Nursing Innovation Award
Alysia Barber, Pediatrics

"To our nurses I say thank you for your leadership,  your compassion, and your commitment to ethical practice and quality nursing care," Larry Strassner said in a message to nurses. "Thank you for the difference you make each and every day in the lives of our patients and their families. And thank you for your dedication to your colleagues and one another as an essential and contributing member of the MedStar Franklin Square care team. I am honored and proud to serve you in my role as chief nursing officer."

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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.

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