Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing 2021

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View the entire 2021 Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing virtual presentation here!

View the entire 2021 Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing virtual presentation here!

During the 2021 Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing virtual celebration, participants were given the opportunity to shout out a special oncology nurse who has made a difference in their life, or in the life of someone they care for. Over 70 participants shared their messages of gratitude for those who have selflessly gone above and beyond to improve the lives of patients with cancer. We invite you to read the heartfelt messages below.

Show your gratitude and be part of next year’s celebration. CURE® is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing.

  • “Shout out to Cathy Kyne, my sister oncology nurse. Love you!” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Donna Russell, who not only manages radiation oncology but is also an advocate for mental health and has taught me so much.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Laura Van Pelt, our director for her loving leadership that guides us in challenging times.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Pam Fisher for her ongoing care of infusion patients - you are a caring angel.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Elizabeth Bettencourt for her tireless work advocating for oral chemotherapy care. You are my hero!” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Kathy Blake for spearheading our patient education overhaul, creating health literacy products that are now being used and appreciated by our patients and nurses.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Kerri Stuart for her leadership in our hospital system in advocating for evidence-based nursing, especially the work has led in patient education.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Whitney Karr, NP for her extraordinary healing presence and quick skills in taking care of our sickest patients, especially in an emergency.” - Beverly H.

  • “Shout out to Napa Valley ONS Chapter, to the Oncology (HemOnc, RadOnc) Nurses at David Grant Medical Center... Congratulations to Maria Lim.Although I don't know you, I can tell from your character you are indeed a caring, dedicated person.It takes a certain person to work in Federal Service regardless of salary.There is a deeper meaning to service.” Fe S.

  • “Thank you to Eileen Dwyer and all the nurses at St. Francis Cancer Center LI, NY for taking care of my Dad! Can’t thank you enough.” - Timra W.

  • “Shout out to all my fellow oncology nurses at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Ohio!Congratulations and thank you to all oncology nurses!” - Jeannette M.

  • “A HUGE shout out to all my peeps on the BMT unit at Scripps Green Hospital in beautiful La Jolla, CA. The best group of RNs and PCAs a girl could hope to work with!” - Amy N.

  • “To all of the Infusion Nurses at U of C 6H. My honor to work with you all.” - Victoria F.

  • “Shout out to Jamie O'Connor... a real Oncology Super Nurse and hero!” - Mary L.

  • “Shout out to the all the wonderful oncology nurses that I work with at Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.” - Clara B.

  • “Shoutout to our wonderful team of nurses in the SCT family in Houston Texas. You guys rock.” - Emily B.

  • “Shout out to all the fabulous Oncology Nurses at Maryland Oncology Hematology!! You are the best!!!” - Debra S.

  • “A HUGE 'thank you' to Jennie Greco Lattimer, Oncology Nurse Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn Medicine. You are incredible!” - Yvonne M.

  • “Shout out to the 6 Pickens nurses at Dallas Baylor Scott and White in Dallas, TX!” - Marae R.

  • “Shout out to Jamie O’Conner and her nomination. You rock, you are special and a true blessing to have as a teammate and friend.” - Katrina M.

  • “To all of the nurses who work in hematology/oncology at NIH for their dedication to our patients/caregivers and fellow nurses. I commend you for all that you do to support and maintain our clinical trial participants.” - Georgia C.

  • “To my brain tumor support group co-facilitators who have constantly given throughout their lives to help brain tumor patients and families.” - Mary L.

  • “To all my infusion nurses at St. Francis hospital on Long Island....you have all truly made a difference in our patient's lives!! I thank you.” - Eileen D.

  • “A huge shout out of thanks to Kristen Kreamer, CRNP. She has impacted and influenced so many nurses in her career with her knowledge, patience, and above all humor. She has always been approachable and compassionate and is leaving a legacy that is unparalleled as she enters retirement. She has left a unique mark on all of us and will never be replaced.” - Maria K.

  • “A HUGE shoutout to all of the Oncology Nurses with Levine Cancer Institute! I am grateful and blessed to have you all as partners!” - Candice R.

  • “Shout out to all my friends and former colleagues from FVHO in Appleton, WI. You were and ARE the best group of nurses!” - Nancy G.

  • “Shout out to all the amazing oncology professionals from my daughter's foundation, Bite Me Cancer!” - Sharon F.

  • “CATHY COLEMAN an ANGEL with extraordinary generosity, knowledge, & compassion!” - Denise A.

  • “Shout out to Caitlin Chiado, CRNP-a wonderful colleague and nurse practitioner in dermatology oncology!” - Sue M.

  • “Shout out to Jackie Shanahan.A wonderful person who helped our dad during his cancer and has become a dear friend since 2013. She truly was an angel in our dad's eyes, and he trusted her completely. She now helps me as I am going through treatments.” - Chris & Jeff G.

  • “Shout out to Sandra, our wonderful nurse practitioner who supports our patients in the survivorship journey.” - Sharon L.

  • “Brilliant nurses at CITY OF HOPE in Duarte, CA!! Thank you for all the hard work!! You are all AMAZING!” - Elaine S.

  • “Thank you to all the Oncology Nurses at Saint Barnabas medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. YOU ROCK!!!!!” - Angela M.

  • “Shout out to Sibley Memorial Hospital Infusion Center Nurses! Fighting cancer in the nation's capital!” - Jamie O.

  • “Shout out to all of the Oncology Nurses in the 7AYA Unit at University Hospital in San Antonio.” - Geary D.

  • “Shout out to all of the Oncology Nurses at ThedaCare Cancer Care!They inspire me every day in all they do.Tonight, a special shout out to Megan Moquin and Brenda Vansambeek!!” - Leigh M.

  • “Shout out to all the Wonderful Oncology Nurses at UPMC Passavant HOA Outpatient Treatment Area, Pittsburgh PA. YOU ROCK!!!” - Judith S.

  • “Recognizing my oncology nurse navigators at RWJBH Saint Barnabas Medical Center -Oncology Services. You are all truly the best patient advocates and caregivers. Thank you for all that you do each and every day. With admiration and gratefulness.” - Angela M.

  • “Shoutout to all the oncology nurses at the Ann Barshinger Cancer Institute Lancaster, PA!” - Archana S.

  • “Shout out to all the nurses at Nebraska Medicine!” - Amy F.

  • “Congrats to all of the nominees - and a HUGE shoutout to all of the awesome oncology nurses at ThedaCare Cancer Care in Appleton, WI!!!!” - Megan M.

  • “Shout out to all the Oncology nurses at Montefiore Medical center. NW2. Keep up the good work.” - Rachael W.

  • “Shout out to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center Oncology Nurses at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville TN.” - Carolyn T.

  • “Special shout out to the Oncology Nurses at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia!” - Kristen C.

  • “Shout out to all of the nurses at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and congratulations to all of the honorees tonight!!"- Ashley M.

  • “Shout out to our super nurse, the best one ever- nominee, Timra Walsh from Northwell Health Cancer Institute!!!” - Nagashree S.

  • “Shout out to Christa Spinelli, BSN, RN, at MSKCC.You are the best oncology nurse I could have hoped for!” - Linda M.

  • “Shout out to the best oncology nurse life has to offer Kathleen Lutz, you are amazing! You have kept me going for the past 10 years and I would not be here without you!!! thank you for being you!” - Kathleen L.

  • “Shout out to Tari Hopper, RN, BSN, OCN, my favorite oncology nurse and partner in crime. She is a picture of compassion and dedication for the patients and peers!” - Archana S.

  • “Shout out to Mary Lovely--thank you for your dedication to the brain tumor community!” - Rachael K.

  • “Shout out to Sandy Burns! Amazingly dedicated oncology nurse and fabulous person!” - Noelle L.
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