SAYREVILLE, NJ – The New Jersey March of Dimes has honored 19 outstanding local nurses at the 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards.

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service.  Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of New Jersey’s mothers and babies. Nurse of the Year Awards celebrate the nursing profession and creates awareness of the recent strides made in this growing field.


“We could not do the work of the March of Dimes without the passion and commitment of our nurses.  This is our opportunity to show them how special they truly are,” said Allie Hall, Central Division Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.

More than 196 nurses were nominated in 19 different award categories.  New Jersey award recipients were announced at a special awards gala held on November 18, 2015 at Pines Manor in Edison, which had a record attendance of over 500 people.  At the event there were 115 finalists which represented 48 hospitals and healthcare facilities. The event raised over $90,000 to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The 2015 Nurse of the Year Award Recipients in New Jersey were:

Category: Academic Educator - Marcia Gardner, Seton Hall University

Category: Adult Critical Care - Sherry Remy, Inspira Health Network

Category: Advanced Practice – Varsha Singh, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Category: Behavioral Health – Gina Ray, Kennedy Health

Category: Case Management – Joan Pollner, Newton Medical Center

Category: Research – Felesia Bowen, Rutgers University

Category: General Adult Care – Sandra Lovelace, Inspira Health Network

Category: Nursing Administration – Kim Packer, Kennedy Health

Category: Nurse Educator – Myrna Young, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Category: Neonatal – Kathy Faber, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Category: Nurse Champion – Maureen Sacchetti, Inspira Health Network

Category: Pediatrics – Jennifer Giordano, Saint Peter's University Hospital

Category: Rising Star – Lauren Piech, The Valley Hospital

Category: Student Nurse – April Ancheta, The Valley Hospital

Category: Women’s Health – Catherine McCabe, All Women's Healthcare - Lifeline Medical Associates

Category: Surgical Services – Rebecca Norton, CentraState Healthcare System

Category: Infection Control & Quality/Risk Management – Jennifer Glendening, Cooper University Health Care

Category: Hospice, Home Health Palliative Care, Long Term Acute Care – Jean Lucero, Kennedy Health Center

Category: Public Health, Occupational Safety & Health – Agatha Reidy, Burlington County Health Department, Virtua