Nine nurses from The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) have been selected as finalists for the 2020 Star Nurse Award by The Washington Post in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA). In this “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” The Washington Post and ANA are giving the Star Nurse recognition for the first time to select individuals on the front lines of healthcare in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. GW Hospital had almost 70 nurses nominated for the award. With nine selected, GW Hospital has more Star Nurse Award finalists than any other single hospital in the D.C. region.
“We are thrilled to see our compassionate, high-quality nurses recognized for their ongoing dedication to excellent patient care,” says Kimberly Russo, MBA, MS, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW Hospital. “In these unprecedented times, now more than ever, we have seen the importance of nurses and the significant impact they have on so many lives. I am so proud of all of our nurses for their resilience and commitment to care for our community in the face of adversity.”
More than 600 nurses in the DC region were nominated by patients, colleagues and family. The ANA reviewed nominations and selected 100 deserving finalists to make up the 2020 list of Star Nurses. A panel of judges will select six “Nightingale Award” winners among these finalists. The 2020 Star Nurses were selected because of their impact on lives of their patients, community, and organization.
Winners will be announced at a celebratory virtual event on Tuesday, September 1. The winners and finalists will be recognized in a special Star Nurses publication to be distributed in The Washington Post on Wednesday, September 2.
“In this challenging time, I have seen first-hand the dedication, compassion and commitment of GW Hospital nurses,” says Scott Croonquist, DNP, NEA-BC, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at GW Hospital. “This recognition of Star Nurses reflects the quality of our nursing team and allows us the valuable opportunity to honor and thank them for all that they do, day in and day out, for our patients.”
In addition to this recent recognition of its nurses, last year, GW Hospital was awarded a Top Hospital For Diversity by BlackDoctor.org. GW Hospital is also ranked as one of the best hospitals in the DC region by U.S. News and World Report for 2019-2020.