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The University of Pennsylvania Health System recognizes nurses for delivering outstanding care with the annual Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards. The recognitions celebrate nurses at each Penn Medicine entity in four key areas.

Lancaster General Health’s Nursing Clinical Excellence Award winners are:

Mike Killinger (from left), Carin Schmidt, Janine Niehaus, Kim Martin, Charity Grove, Val Adams, Dr. Michael Ripchinski and Michelle Fisher attend the nursing awards ceremony in Philadelphia.

  • Rosalyn J. Watts Award for community/patient/family relationships: Kim Martin, BSN, RN, OCN, CEN, Disease Management Coordinator, Orthopedic Administration
  • Helen McClelland Award for Research and Innovation: Charity Grove, BSN, RNC-NIC, CN 4, NICU
  • Lillian Brunner Award for exemplary practice: Carin Schmidt, BSN, RN, RN-BC, CN 4, LGH 6 East
  • Dianne Lanham Award for leadership: Janine Niehaus, BSN, RN, OCN, CN 4, ABBCI Infusion Therapy
  • Victoria L. Rich Award for transformational leadership: Michelle Fisher, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, Clinical Informatics Specialist, Nursing Administration

In addition, LG Health and LG Health Physicians honored nursing professionals during Nurses Week in May.
Lancaster General Health Awards

  • Licensed Practical Nurse Award Winner: Anna Ginder, Emergency Department
  • Nursing Support Staff: Veronica Cadavid, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Relationships:  Lisa Estrella Karl, Research Institute
  • Nurses as Leaders: Brandy Grant, Renal Dialysis
  • Community Engagement: Beth Russell, Healthy Beginnings Plus
  • Nurses as Mentors: Marc Denlinger, Intensive Care Unit
  • Advanced Practice Research Nurse: Richard Arbour, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Isaac G. Weidman Nursing Excellence: Pamela Payne, Intensive Care Unit
  • DAISY Team Awards: 4 Lime Joints and Emergency Department
  • Deborah A. Vasko Award: Eric Piasecki, Trauma/Neuro Care Unit

Lancaster General Health Physicians Awards

  • Certified Medical Assistant: Stephanie Hellinger, Family Medicine Norlanco
  • Nurse – Primary Care: Amanda G. Pulket, Family Medicine Strasburg
  • Nurse – Specialty/Surgical Care: Ariel A. Shaffer, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
  • Nursing Supervisor: Nora J. Fisher, Family Medicine Strasburg

Share your mission trip stories

The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation is starting a project to tell the story of Lancaster physicians who have spent time overseas in voluntary service in underserved countries.  This will involve collecting writings, stories, diaries, photos and other artifacts that can be submitted to EHMHF as a repository for research and a resource that reflects this aspect of the history of medicine in our county.  The work of these physicians has had a ripple effect in our county that would be hard to quantify, but it may have been an influence in why Lancaster County has the reputation for having a big heart that is open to other cultures.
If you are a physician who has done medical work overseas (short- or long-term) in an underserved country, please email Dr. Tom Miller so we can begin to form a list of physicians.


Serena S. Wu, M.D.

Murray S. Flaster, M.D.

Physicians featured in media interviews

In a recent LNP interview, Serena S. Wu, M.D., of LG Health Physicians Maternal Fetal Medicine described when bedrest is necessary during high-risk pregnancies.
Murray S. Flaster, M.D., Medical Director of LG Health’s Stroke Program, was interviewed for an ABC 27 story thanking local EMS crews for saving the lives of stroke victims.

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