School of Nursing

Ten Registered Nurses receive Heart of Healthcare awards

Nov 19, 2010

The 19th Nursing the Heart of Healthcare Awards banquet honored 10 registered nurses Oct. 22, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, Mo. The University of Kansas School of Nursing coordinated the event, which recognizes outstanding registered nurses in Kansas and the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. This year's 10 award winners were:

  • Marcy Bilynsky, RN, BSN, suicide prevention case manager, Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka, Kan.
  • Cathy Burks, RN, MSN, PCNS, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jean Creson Caffrey, RN, nurse manager, Downtown Medical Clinic, Frankfort, Kan.
  • Annette Campbell, RN, BSN, Score 1 for Health director, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Pamela Elliott, RN, BSN, formerly with Park Hill School District, Kansas City, Mo.; currently with Cerner's First Hand Foundation.
  • Janice Garth, RN, BSN, correctional chemotherapy nurse, El Dorado, Kan.
  • Brett Haynes, RN, BSN, registered nurse, The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Mary Beth Herrmann, RN, registered nurse, administrator and health officer, Pawnee County Health Department, Larned, Kan.
  • Mary Medina, MSN, RN, ARNP-CNS, advanced practice nurse, Heart Failure Clinic, Via-Christi Hospitals, Wichita, Kan.
  • Ginny Woods, RN, staff nurse, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, Kan.

Pictured back row, from left: Joy Wheeler, Pamela Elliott, Marcy Bilynsky, Mary Beth Herrmann and Brett Haynes. Pictured front row, from left: Dean Karen L. Miller, Ginny Woods, Cathy Burks, Janice Garth, Annette Campbell, Jean Creson Caffrey and Mary Medina.
The University of Kansas School of Nursing established Nursing the Heart of Healthcare in 1989 to recognize registered nurses' contributions to their communities, patients and professions. Over 19 years, there have been 190 winners from more than 6,900 nominations.

Nominations are accepted from patients, patient's families, colleagues, employers, supervisors and the nurse's family and friends. A committee composed of former award winners and health care and business leaders, selected the 10 winners. Every nurse who was nominated received a certificate of recognition. For more information, visit

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