TMC picks up three Nurse of the Year awards at March of Dimes Arizona gala

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Three TMC nurses were recognized as 2014 Nurses of the Year by the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter at its 11th annual gala in Scottsdale last month. Another five TMC nurses were finalists.

“We are thrilled to have eight finalist and three winners in this very prestigious state nursing recognition venue! This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase many of our excellent nurses, and also support such a worthy cause as the March of Dimes,” said Peggy MacMacken, associate administrator of Clinical Practice. “We would also like to give special thanks to Deana Amend, L&D, and Julie Seidl who represented TMC on the March of Dimes planning committee, which made the event possible.”

Nurse of the Year honors went to:

  • Susan Patania, clinical educator – Behavioral Health
  • Jennifer Tuttle, ICU clinical nurse lead – Charge Nurse
  • Mary Thierman, clinical project specialist, I/S Clinical Infomatics – Clinical Support

TMC finalists included:

  • Sandi Baus, director of Infection Control – Clinical Support
  • Susan Sims, NICU educator – Critical Care Education
  • Julie Seidl, infant development specialist –  Public Health & Ambulatory Care
  • Laurie Quiroz, Orthopaedics – Rising Star
  • Jessica Hall, NICU – Women’s Health

The March of Dimes gala celebrates nursing excellence and recognizes leaders in nursing from across the state. With 16 categories, the Nurses of the Year helps raise the public’s awareness of and interest in the diverse and rewarding careers available to registered nurses, and acknowledges excellence in the respective categories.

Dating back to the polio era, nurses have played a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies. Forty thousand nurses volunteered for the Salk polio vaccine field trials in 1954, the largest medical investigation of its kind ever conducted.

“From the very youngest of patients in newborn intensive care units to the elderly in hospice, nurses protect our health, work to prevent injury, alleviate suffering and advocate for our care,” according to the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter. “Nurse of the Year Awards are a way to say thank you and honor selflessness, dedication and passion for the profession of nursing.”

Click to see more photos of the gala.


  1. Anonymous says:

    I am curious how you pick the nurse if the year. I would think that your selections would be not only strong members of the medical community but of their communities in general.

    In the past few years I know two nurses that won that were neither. One was a nurse arrested for extreme DUI and aggravated assault on a police office and one has an extensive history with CPS. It saddens me that these are Arizonas “finest.”

  2. We don’t pick the Nurses of the Year, the Arizona March of Dimes selects the honorees. You can check with them on its criteria and process.


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