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Monday, April 2, 2007 - Two SJH Emergency Nurses Win Statewide Awards for Excellence

VINELAND (March 30) – The New Jersey Emergency Nurse Association (NJ ENA) recently honored two South Jersey Healthcare nurses at the Emergency Care Conference in Atlantic City on March 15. Joe Anton, R.N., B.S.N., SJH Nurse Manager of Emergency Services for the Regional Medical Center and the Bridgeton Satellite Emergency Department, received the organization’s 2007 Emergency Nurse Manager of the Year Award. Gwyn Parris-Atwell, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.N., C, SJH Clinical Nurse Specialist for Emergency Services, was recognized as the NJ ENA Educator of the Year.

NJ ENA is a clinical nursing organization dedicated to the development of professional excellence in emergency nursing practice, education, research, and leadership to enhance the emergency care throughout the state. Each year, the organization recognizes outstanding nurse leaders who consistently demonstrate excellence in emergency nursing and make significant contributions to the profession.

“I extremely proud that NJ ENA has recognized two nurses from South Jersey Healthcare,” said Linda DeGrazia, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.N., C, SJH administrative director of Emergency Services and the Transitional Care Center. “These awards honor innovators and leaders in our profession. Joe and Gwyn are role models in the field of emergency nursing who continually go above and beyond the call of duty. They are both very deserving of this recognition.”

Awards are given annually to five NJ ENA members or organizations statewide for excellence in education, nurse management, injury prevention, and contributions to the organization. Both recipients from South Jersey Healthcare were nominated by their peers at the health system.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.