Gorge residents Anna Dillon, Jayme Alsup, Lisa Erickson Sosa, and Rachel Crowder, were among 17 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized Friday, November 13th, at the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. With 222 finalists, the state-wide committee selected the 17 winners in a blinded process.
While celebrating the immense value of all nurses in our communities, these 17 nurses were acknowledged for their constant care, compassion and dedication to improve the quality of others’ lives through service.
Nurse of the Year 2015 Winners
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal): Anna Dillon of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
* Emergency: Jayme Alsup of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Moro
* Nurse Specialty: Lisa Erickson Sosa of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
* Small Hospital: Rachel Crowder of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
This annual honorary event also serves as a benefit for March of Dimes. With the support and involvement of 20 health organizations and medical centers, the Nurse of the Year Awards raised over $71,000 to help fund the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Oregon Health & Science University served as this year’s Gold Sponsor. Silver sponsors include Adventist Medical Center, Cambia Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Moda Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network.
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.