Nursing

Torch of Excellence Nursing Awards

The Torch of Excellence Nursing Awards recognize outstanding nurses in the Greater Cincinnati region who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care.

Torch of Excellence 30th Annual Nursing Awards

For nearly three decades, the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing have brought the Greater Cincinnati community together to recognize and celebrate outstanding nurses who go above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care. To create opportunities to celebrate and honor other nursing leaders through history and allow for further insight and a richer understanding of the nursing profession, the 2022 awards have been renamed Torch of Excellence Nursing Awards.

Nominate a Nurse

Do you know an outstanding individual nurse or an interprofessional-team-leading nurse in the Greater Cincinnati region who demonstrates exceptional qualities of caring and compassion and has made a significant improvement on nursing care for individuals, families or communities? Nominate this individual for a 2022 Torch of Excellence Nursing Award.

To qualify, nominees must be licensed as a registered nurse and employed in the Greater Cincinnati area. All nominations are considered anonymously and recipients are selected by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Alumni Council.

Nominations are accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

2021 Award Recipients & Nominees

These individuals joined an exceptional group of nurses in the region whose care, compassion and leadership serve as a shining example for others in the profession.

Individual Category:

  • Felicia Beckham, The Health Experiences
  • Jill Jewell, The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Lindsey Justice, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Brittni O'Leary, TriHealth
  • Andrea Owens, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Imani Rugless, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Interprofessional Team-Leader Category:

  • Jenn Hall, TriHealth Center for Rape and Emergency Services (CARES)

Chad Archdeacon, UC Health
Emily Baldwin, TriHealth McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
Sarah Banfill, OHC
Heather Blue, UC Health
Denise Boos, The Christ Hospital
Kyly Borton, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Jennifer Campo, UC Health
Carly Carter, Mercy Hospital - West
Lane Castellini, UC Health
Beth Conway, TriHealth
Rebecca Costa, TriHealth
Kelsey Crank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Talena Dedeh, UC Health
Megan Dehart, TriHealth
Susan Denlinger, TriHealth McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
Danielle DiLonardo, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Deasa Dorsey, TriHealth
Kathleen Duncan, TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital
Lee Ann Ernst, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Caleb Fehrman, The Christ Hospital
Ami Feldman, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Stacey Fetzer, The Christ Hospital
April Fultz, UC Health
Cheryl Gordon-Farmer, TriHealth Nurse Midwives
Ashley Gould, Lee Side Wellness
Ken Harris, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Laura Harris, TriHealth
Karen Hathaway, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Linda Herms, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Mary Hinnenkamp, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Mary Ann Hug, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Spence Ingerson, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Molly Johantgen, Retired
Denise Keane, UC Health
Kelsey King, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Rhianna King, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Olivia Kremer, TriHealth
Bridget Lamping, UC Health
Heidi Layman, UC Health
Benjamin Lear, The Christ Hospital
Denise Leonard, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dena Luttrell, Mercy Hospital - Fairfield
Lori McKenna, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Joseph Mittermeier, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Jenine Mouch, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Emily Mullins, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Paige Napier, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Sara Nash, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Roseline Odhiambo, Trihealth
Tara Orth, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Madison Payne, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Karen Pendleton, Maple Knoll
Cassie Perdue, The Christ Hospital
Daniel Peters, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Christie Pettit, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Michelle Ping, TriHealth
Demi Renfro, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Rae Roth, TriHealth
Kristen Ruehlmann, Cincinnati Children's Hopsital Medical Center
Sarah Russell, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Lynn Sarge, Trihealth
Meghan Schlosser, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Katie Schuler, UC Health West Chester Hospital
Sydney Schuler, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Colleen Seider, TriHealth
Sarah Steelman, Univeristy of Cincinnati Medical Center
Angela Strotman, Lee Side Wellness
Sheila Sullivan, TriHealth Cancer Institute
Marsha Swango, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Paula Teleky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Carrie Tope Klein, Department of Veteran Affairs
Allison Tully, Trihealth
Linda Venturato, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health
Maggie Von Bargen, UC Health West Chester Hospital
Michelle Wallace, Fertility Wellness Institute of Ohio
Anna Weber, UC Health
Renee Weber, UC Health
Olivia Wellbrock, Trihealth
Emily Wesselman, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Teresa Williams, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Michael Winter, Mercy Hospital - Anderson
Cheryl Wittmeyer, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Courtney C.J. Adams, TriHealth
Felicia Beckham, The Cincinnati Black Nurse Practitioner Network
Terri Bogan, St. Elizabeth Hospital Breast Center/Women’s Wellness
Amy Florez, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Denise Gormley, University of Cincinnati
Jenifer Harris, UC Health
Libby Higginbotham, UC Health
Rebecca Hitchcock, UC Health West Chester Hospital
Terri King, The Christ Hospital
Missy Meier, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Kim Mullins, Mercy Hospital - West
Lynn Sarge, TriHealth
Abigail Villarroya, Good Samaritan College of Nursing
Alexia Wells, UC Health
Erika Whelan, The Little Clinic
Sara Yawit, TriHealth Heart Institute
Michelle Young, TriHealth