An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 800 people enjoyed an evening celebrating Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) nursing colleagues at the Friends of Nursing event last night at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks.
Embracing the theme “The Future Begins with You,” the evening included a re-enactment of the Magnet Prize® award ceremony featuring Linda Lewis, executive vice president and chief officer of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and Roy Simpson, vice president, nursing informatics at Cerner Corporation.
“You are probably wondering, who won the Magnet Prize?” Simpson asked the audience. In unison, he and Lewis exclaimed, “Lehigh Valley Health Network.” Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and a shower of confetti completed the scene as the Magnet Prize was presented to telehealth clinical coordinators Sharon Kromer, RN, and Lori Yesenofski, RN, along with vice president for telehealth services, Joe Tracy. LVHN received the Magnet Prize in recognition of our extensive telehealth services provided by LVHN, and the role of nurses in that innovative care delivery model.
Longtime LVHN employee Josephine Ritz, RN, also was honored for a major career milestone: 65 years as an LVHN colleague. Her career started after graduating from The Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. Ritz eventually became an educator and director of that same program. After the nursing school closed in 1988, she joined the development department and used her passion for nursing to find sponsorships for the Friends of Nursing program.
“Because of her extraordinary dedication, knowledge, vision and spirit for the nursing profession, I commend and congratulate Josephine,” said Ron Swinfard, MD, LVHN president and chief executive officer. “Her perseverance and enthusiasm for nursing is unsurpassed, and we are proud to recognize her for this incredible achievement.”
The Friends of Nursing event is held each year during National Nurses Week and honors our Magnet nurses and clinicians for their exceptional work. This year, 30 individuals and six care teams were recognized for their outstanding, dedicated and creative work with our patients, eliciting numerous rounds of applause. The awards are part of the Friends of Nursing Program, which helps fund continuing education, professional development and research opportunities for nurses to enhance patient care. Read More