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Orange Regional Medical Center Nurse Leader Recipient of Distinguished Award

June 14, 2013

Middletown, NY- For the third consecutive year, a member of Orange Regional Medical Center’s nursing staff took home top honors at the 10th Annual Nurse of Distinction Award Gala, held on May 13, 2013 in Brooklyn. Orange Regional Nurse Director of Oncology Services, Eva Edwards, RN, OCN, MSN, MHA, was named 2013 Nurse Leader by 1199SEIU RN Division and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes. The event is held annually in honor of nursing professionals for their dedicated work at 1199SEIU institutions. Nominees, selected for Nurse of Distinction, Nurse Leader, Preceptor and Novice, represent the pinnacle of nursing in New York State. Ms. Edwards was nominated by Orange Regional’s Nurse of Distinction Committee for her skill and dedication to her profession, patients, co-workers and the Hospital. Additionally, Tracie Newkirk, RN was first runner up for Nurse of Distinction.

“It is no surprise that Eva Edwards was honored as the 2013 Nurse Leader. Ms. Edwards is passionate about her craft and serves as a positive role model for the nursing staff at Orange Regional,” stated Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO, Joanne Ritter-Teitel, PhD, RN, CEA-BC.

Ms. Edwards received her Associate’s degree in Nursing from Ulster Community College. She earned her Master’s degrees in Nursing and Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Edwards is a nationally certified oncology nurse and has been employed with Orange Regional for ten years.

Orange Regional has won awards in every category. This is the third year in a row that an Orange Regional nurse director has secured the top award in the Nurse Leaders Category. Ann DiAgostino and Christopher Costello were the recipients of this award in 2012 and 2011, respectively. In 2011, Linda Prioleau won Nurse of Distinction and in 2012, Darien Fox was the second runner up. Jennifer Westbrook won Novice Nurse of the Year in 2008 and Melissa Anderson took home the award for Preceptor of the Year in 2006. These awards exemplify Orange Regional’s caring nursing professionals who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care experiences.

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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