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Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners; EMS Flight Nurse Named 2020 Cooper Nurse of the Year

Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN (center, back), with members of Cooper’s Patient Care Services leadership team. (Photo provided)

(CAMDEN, NJ) — Cooper University Health Care has named Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, as the 2020 Nurse of the Year. Teitelman, a flight nurse coordinator with Cooper’s Air Medical Services, also received the Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship Award as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12).

 Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN (Photo provided)

The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize exceptional professional nurses and advanced practice nurses, at any Cooper University Health Care location, as well as members of the collaborative care teams that support nursing.  Award winners were nominated by their colleagues for their commitment to upholding the Cooper mission “to serve, to heal, to educate” and are supported by gifts from generous donors to The Cooper Foundation.

“Steve is the model nurse, as he remains dedicated to helping his colleagues provide the best possible care and embracing challenges along the way,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooper. “Cooper’s Air Medical Services is a crucial program providing transportation services to critically ill and injured patients. Steve is a valued member of that team and a true leader.”

“This year’s awards, recognizing the excellence of our nurses, takes on added significance as our nurses are front and center in the fight against COVID-19,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO at Cooper. “I congratulate our award winners and want to thank all of our nurses for their bravery, skill, and compassion every single day.”

“Over the past few months, we have seen the courage and caring of Cooper nurses, and nurses across the nation,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, Co-President at Cooper. “Nurses are true heroes, deserving our gratitude and support. I want to congratulate this year’s winners for their excellence in serving our patients and for inspiring their colleagues through their dedication and leadership.”

The 2020 Cooper Nursing Excellence Awards winners are:

Judy Acevedo, CCT – Critical Care Technician, is the recipient of The Carol G. Tracey Compassion Award.

Agnes Asamoah, RN, BSN, OCN – Registered Nurse, Pavilion 5, is the recipient of The Rose Smith & Sue Zamitis Memorial Award for Excellence in Inpatient Oncology Nursing.

Karen Babik, BSN, CCRN – Registered Nurse, Trauma Unit, is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trauma Nursing.

Toya Bennett, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Pavilion 6, is the recipient of The Ruth Parry/Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing.

Gina Brouster, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The Ronald Bernardin Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nursing.

Nicole Caristo, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The William and Eileen Archer Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.

Shelby Casey, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Kelemen 9, is the recipient of The Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing.

Maryanne Figueroa, RN, BSN, CNOR – Registered Nurse, Voorhees Surgical Center, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing.

Diane Fletcher, MSN, RN, CBC, CCBE – Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery, is the recipient of The Charlotte Tobiason Memorial Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Nursing.

Liezel Granada, DNP, RN-BC – Senior Medical Informatics Analyst, Medical Informatics, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Research.

Kelemen N/S 9 Team – Medical Surgical Unit, are the recipients of The Outstanding Team Award.

Elizabeth Locke, RN, BSN, CEN – Registered Nurse, Cardiac Care Unit, is the recipient of The Cooper Heart Institute & Heart House Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing.

Lawrence Matthews, MD – Physician, Critical Care Unit, is the recipient of The Nursing Alumni Excellence Award for Nursing-Physician Partnership.

Anna McCausland, RN, BSN, RN-C – Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The John Henry Kronenberger Memorial Award for Excellence in Neonatal Nursing.

Hillary Oldt, LSW – Transitions Navigator, Transitional Care, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Service (Non-Nursing).

Jamie Rubino, DPT – Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Allied Health Professional Excellence Award (Non-Nursing).

James Scharff, RN – Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, is the recipient of The Lynn Nelson Award for Excellence in Emergency Nursing.

Lisa Schrieber, RN, BSN, CAPA – Registered Nurse/Clinical Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Nurse Leadership.

Amanda Snyder, LPN – Practice LPN, The Ripa Center for Women’s Health, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Nursing.

Rosemarie Stag, MSN, RN, APN-C, FNP-C – Advanced Practice Nurse, Primary Care, Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, CFRN, CCRN-CMC, CTRN, CEN, TCRN, MICP, NRP – Flight Nurse Coordinator, Air Medical Services, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship,

Julie Whitman, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, is the recipient of The Franklin Morse Archer, Jr., & Mary Joy Reeve Archer Memorial Award for Excellence in Outpatient Oncology Nursing.

Rebecca Yarnall, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Intermediate Care Unit, is the recipient of The Shaina Horton Memorial Award for Excellence in Service.

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