The Virginia Chapter March of Dimes and HCA-Virginia Capital Division have announced that HCA-Virginia’s Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services, Toni Rice, will serve as the Chair of the 2013 Virginia March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Program and Gala. HCA-Virginia is also supporting the event as a $10,000 corporate sponsor. The Nurse of the Year Awards is a statewide program that recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence, and promotes the future of the nursing profession.
The awards will be presented at a gala on Saturday, November 9th at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, VA. Funds raised by the event via corporate sponsorships and gifts will go to medical research and programs that are dedicated to healthy birth outcomes. The March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. In Virginia 84 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. There are over four million babies born each year, and through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs, the March of Dimes has helped each and every one.
Now through June 7th, the Virginia Chapter March of Dimes is accepting nominations for its Nurse of the Year Awards via an online nomination form at http://bit.ly/nurseoftheyearVA.
The awards will recognize 15 or more Virginia nurses in a variety of disciplines. The March of Dimes is calling for statewide nominations of RNs, LPNs, advanced practice nurses, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in a wide range of healthcare settings including hospitals, home health agencies, rehab centers, hospices, etc.
Awards Chair Toni Rice understands the importance of recognizing and honoring nurses here in Virginia: “When I was asked to chair the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards, I was quick to accept! I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to work with an organization that has touched the lives of so many people and families around the country. Nurses, of course, are an integral part of that mission.”
A panel of nursing leaders from all over Virginia will select award winners based upon criteria that include professional credentials and achievements, leadership skills, and impact upon the profession. There is no charge to nominate a nurse or to apply for an award. Nurse nominees will be contacted and asked to complete an Awards Application. All applications will be blinded and judged by the above criteria, with three to five finalists and one winner selected per category. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on November 9th.
Awards Chair Toni Rice is Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services for HCA Virginia. Prior to her current position, Toni held such senior leadership positions as Associate Administrator and Business Development Officer for Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and has served on the boards or participated as a member in a number of business and non-profit organizations, including the Virginia Workers Compensation Committee, the VHHA’s Task Force on Legislative Advocacy, the Chesterfield Family Practice Residency program, the Richmond Academy of Medicine’s ACCESS NOW program, and Brandermill and Bon Air Rotaries. Toni and her husband Stuart reside in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
– Submitted by Jeanne Chitty