By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Pam Noonan of Gwinnett Medical Center Garners March of Dimes Award for Excellence in Nursing
Recognized for care, compassion, service 

Lawrenceville, Ga. – The Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes announced that Pam Noonan of the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC)-Lawrenceville received top honors in the Women’s Health category. The organization honored 16 outstanding local nurses at the 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards.

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of Georgia’s residents. 

Gwinnett Medical Center nurses Nicole Lescota, Melissa Johnson, Beth Timberlake, Beverly Vick and Susan Childs were also nominated in various categories. 

“The role of a nurse is nothing short of dynamic in today’s healthcare environment,” said Carol Danielson, GMC’s senior vice president of nursing. “It’s exceptionally gratifying to know that these nurses at Gwinnett Medical Center have been recognized for the care and treatment of their patients while comforting and caring for the patients’ families.”

“Dating back to the polio era, nurses have played a critical role in advancing the mission of the March of Dimes,” said Sheila Ryan, state director of the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter. “Today, nurses serve as volunteers, fundraisers and advisors to the March of Dimes. Nurses are critical to the mission of improving the health of babies –and are key in comforting families. We are proud to give recognition to Georgia’s nurses who are heroes in the medical community.”

Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in approximately 16 award categories. More than 800 nurses were nominated in Georgia and of those, 240 were selected as finalists. 

The award recipients were determined by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals who screened the nomination forms in a blinded review process.  A complete list of finalists is available on the March of Dimes website at:  marchofdimes.org/Georgia.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, https://www.twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or http://www.youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.