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Nursing Recognition

Celebration is an important part of Nursing at Cone Health. We celebrate achievements by all our nurses. Two of the most important are the Nursing Excellence recipients and the Great 100 Nurses.

Nursing Excellence Recipients

As part of the celebration of National Nurses Week, Cone Health recognizes nurses, nursing techs and nursing secretaries for excellence. All award recipients are nominated and chosen by their peers.

2012 Nursing Excellence Recipients

Browns Summit – Belinda Hammond, Cone Health.
Colfax – Amber Carter, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
Graham – Kellie Capes, Wesley Long Hospital.
Greensboro – Renee Barber, Cone Health; Maggie Collins, Women’s Hospital; China Hollis, Wesley Long Hospital; Candace Hughes, Moses Cone Hospital; Sarah Lackey, Moses Cone Hospital; Kristin McLamb, Cone Health; Jill Moore, Moses Cone Hospital; Ashley Olson, Women’s Hospital; Donna Owens, Moses Cone Hospital; Julie Potts, Women’s Hospital; Tanya Toshumba Stalling, Women’s Hospital; and Jamie Tracy, Wesley Long Hospital.
High Point – Sarah Clark, Cone Health.
Jamestown – Jeanine Cross, MedCenter High Point.
Kernersville – Tara Dark, Wesley Long Hospital.
McLeansville – Lisa Brewer, Women’s Hospital.
Randleman – Dana Dark, Wesley Long Hospital.
Reidsville – Lisa Covington, Annie Penn Hospital; Julie Eastwood, Annie Penn Hospital.
Ruffin – Pamela Smith Tate, Annie Penn Hospital.
Summerfield – Teresa Swoap, Moses Cone Hospital.
Trinity – Denise Rhew, Cone Health.

Nursing Support Excellence recipients and their hometowns are:

Archdale – Ron Couch, Nurse Secretary/Monitor Technician, Wesley Long Hospital.
Asheboro – Stephanie Johnson, Certified Scrub Technician, Women’s Hospital.
Greensboro – Deborah Blackwell, Lead Surgical Technician, Annie Penn Hospital; and Kaye Goldston, Certified Medical Assistant, Moses Cone Hospital.

Great 100 Nurses

A record 23 Cone Health nurses were selected for inclusion in 2012's Great 100. This is the most for any one organization in the Great 100’s 24-year history.

The Great 100 Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina by recognizing nursing excellence and providing scholarships for nursing education.

“Having so many of our nurses named to this elite list by their peers is very special,” says Theresa Brodrick, RN, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer, Cone Health. “Their dedication to the nursing profession, to the communities they live in and to the quality care they provide is reflected in every patient we serve at Cone Health.”

The Great 100 nurses from Cone Health and where they live:

Browns Summit

  • Belinda Hammonds is a nurse educator at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
  • Pamela Mentley works in the outpatient surgery unit at Wesley Long Hospital.


  • Abby Stophel works in the flexible resources department at Moses Cone Hospital.


  • Kellie Capes is a urology nurse at Wesley Long Hospital.


  • Pamela Alvord is a coronary intensive care nurse at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Theresa Brodrick is the Chief Nursing Officer of Cone Health.
  • Waqiah Ellis is the director of a heart unit at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Lisa Friesen works in a surgical intensive care unit at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Nancy Hertlein is the director of the Urgent Care Center at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • LaChina Hollis works in an oncology unit at Wesley Long Hospital.
  • Sarah Lackey is a member of the rapid response team at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Marissa Long is a urology nurse at Wesley Long Hospital.
  • Monica Martin works in an oncology unit at Wesley Long Hospital.
  • Kristin McLamb is a staff educator for Cone Health.
  • Deborah Sharp is an inpatient rehabilitation nurse at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Nancy Summerell is an orientation educator at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Paula Trivette works in flexible resources at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Robyn Wofford is a care coordinator at Moses Cone Hospital.  


  • Kelly Southard is a quality outcomes coordinator at Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital.


  • Margaret May is a coordinator at Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center.


  • Paige Grady works in the medical/surgical intensive care unit at Women’s Hospital.


  • Dawn Engels is a wound ostomy continence nurse at Moses Cone Hospital.


  • Shawn Godfrey is the Vice President of Nursing/Patient Services at Behavioral Health Hospital.

For more information on the “Great 100,” go to

News & Record Celebrating Nurses

Cone Health congratulates Sarah Clark, Courtney Keatts and Janet Dawson. They are among the 10 nurse finalists profiled in the News and Record’s 2012 Celebrating Nurses special section. The section ran Sunday. The 2012 Nurse of Distinction will be named from among those finalists during a banquet on May 10.

The News and Record collects nominations throughout the year. (Cone Health was represented by 36 nominees.) The N.C. Nurses Association chooses the finalists and overall winner. Their strong impact on patients and the community, value as a professional registered nurse, leadership and embodiment of the profession are all attributes looked at by the judges.

“Congratulations to three wonderful representatives of the nursing profession at Cone Health,” says Theresa Brodrick, Chief Nursing Officer, Cone Health. “Nurses play a vital role not only at the bedside, but in coordinating a patient’s care, teaching that patient what to do once they leave the hospital and are even involved in the research that leads to better care for all of us in the future. Nurses are an integral part of the healing process.”

Clark works as the Simulation Center Coordinator for Staff Education at Cone Health. Dawson is recently retired, but she still works at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church as a congregational nurse through the Cone Health Congregational Nurse program. Keatts works on the main patient care unit at Annie Penn Hospital.

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