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.

Join us to celebrate this year's award recipients and nominees at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022
    • 6 p.m. Reception
    • 6:30 p.m. Dinner

2022 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:

  • Cindy Brunsman, TriHealth Nurse Midwives
  • Nicole DeGreg, Cincinnati Health Department
  • Sandy Girten, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital
  • Abigail John, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Kelli Lichner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Deneshia Smith, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Interprofessional Team-Leader Category:

  • Adele Corbin, UC Health

Ashley Altman, Lee Side Wellness
Lana Amstutz, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Sarah Baker, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Briana Berry, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
Martina Black, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Myka Bowen, Bon Secours Mercy Health – West Hospital
Taylor Brackett, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Jennifer Brogan, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Laura Brown, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
Sharon Brown, UC Health
Lori Buns, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Erica Butcher, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Shelisa Campbell, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Jessica Carbiener, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Sheryl Carrithers, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Jennifer Case, Hospice of Cincinnati
Mary Childress, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Kayla Collett, UC Health
Laura Conley, UC Health
Freddie Crocheron, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Kristi Demaris, TriHealth Surgery Center Anderson
Shelly Drago, Lakota Local Schools
Kathleen Duncan, Trihealth Bethesda North Hospital
Kelsy Erisman, UC Health
Joe Fede, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Rhiannon Feltner, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Bree Ferguson, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Shannon Freimuth , Bon Secours Mercy Health – West Hospital
Audra Gillman, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Rebecca Halcomb, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Krystal Harden, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
Emily Harrison, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Robin Hayes, Trihealth Bethesda Butler Hospital
Destiny Herges, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Karen Hills, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Stephanie Hilton, Trihealth Bethesda North Hospital
Linda Hinds, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cynthia Hinkle, Trihealth
Heather Hoehn, UC Health
Tara Hogle, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
Spencer Ingerson, TriHealth
Mary Jo Oldendick, Bon Secours Mercy Health – West Hospital
Scott Johnson, Bon Secours Mercy Health - West Hospital
Kaitlyn Johnson, UC Health
Emily Kaylor, Trihealth
Katherine Keller, Trihealth Bethesda North Hospital
Scarlett Kosar, GastroHealth
Sheri Lewis, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Colleen Lowe, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Kady Martini, Bon Secours Mercy Health – West Hospital
Emily McCarthy, UC Health West Chester Hospital
Laura McIntosh, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Gwendolyn McNutt, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Brandon Mendleson, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Kayla Moses-Congleton, University of Cincinnati Cancer Center
Laura Newcomb, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Molly Norrish, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Jonathan Northcutt, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Roseline Odhiambo, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Eric Powers, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Linda Price, UC Health
Kiana Reed, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Rachel Rose, Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Christopher Ross, Civil Therapeutix
Dawn Rowe, UC Health – West Chester Hospital
Sarah Scales, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Lilibeth Serran, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Lesta Sexton, Trihealth Infusion Center
Pauline Sheard, Hospice of Cincinnati
Teresa Slagle, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Rosalind Smith, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Jenn Smith, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Lauren Sublett, Trihealth
Lisa Sunderhaus, Trihealth Hospice of Cincinnati
Anissa Taylor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Trisha Tayor, Trihealth Infusion Center
Evan Terry, UC Health
Maigen Thacker, Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health
Vickie Van Niman, City of Cincinnati
Susan Wade-Murphy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Kelsey Webster, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Olivia Wellbrock, Trihealth Infusion Center
Sarah Witt, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Xuzhe Zhang, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Alyssa Zimmerman, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Courtney "CJ" Adams, Trihealth Bethesda North Hospital
Rachel Baker, TriHealth
Nicole Barnett, Bon Secours Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital
Megan DeHart, TriHealth
Heather Frommeyer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Jenifer Harris, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Amy Hubbard, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Michele Hulick, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Rebecca Lee, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Kim Martin, Trihealth Bethesda North Hospital
Deborah Murphy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Angela Turner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center