6AB Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience Unit at Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ

The Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit leadership team
Cardiac Medicine & Neuroscience Unit Team.

The 6AB Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, NJ, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States and internationally. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

Andie Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM, national secretary and director, AMSN Board of Directors, represented AMSN and MSNCB to present the 6AB unit with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on September 4, 2019, at the hospital.

"This award reflects the team’s hard work and dedication to our community, to our profession, and to one another,” said Heidi Baur, vice president of patient care at Virtua Health.

“The sixth floor leadership team has the privilege of working with 105 registered nurses, patient care technicians, and unit secretaries who create an environment of care and compassion. Our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do at Virtua Health. This team is clinically competent, committed to our specialty, and proud of the interdisciplinary collaboration that yields positive patient outcomes and experiences,” said Heidi Baur, vice president of patient care at Virtua Health. “This award reflects the team’s hard work and dedication to our community, to our profession, and to one another.”

About the AMSN PRISM Award
Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the AMSN PRISM Award in October 2012. In addition to excellence in practice and outcomes, the award also reflects the compassion, commitment, and connection that characterize med-surg nurses.

Specifically, the award celebrates units that exhibit:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • A healthy practice environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

There are more than 650,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

For more information about AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award , visit amsn.org or contact the association at amsn-info@amsn.org or 866-877-AMSN.

Photos from the Award Ceremony

The 6AB Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit celebrates their accomplishment of receiving the AMSN Prism Award with an awards ceremony, refreshments, and cake.

The 6AB Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit celebrates their accomplishment of receiving the AMSN Prism Award with an awards ceremony, refreshments, and cake.

Pictured left to right, front row: Myriam Joseph, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Advanced Nurse Clinician, 6AB; Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director, 6AB; Heidi Bauer, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Virtua Marlton Hospital; Kayleigh Dunn, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB; Jennifer Hyland, BSed, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 1A Oncology Unit, Virtua Voorhees (former Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB); Amanda Lugg, BA, BSN, CMSRN, former Assistant Nurse Manager, 6AB.

Pictured left to right, front row: Myriam Joseph, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Advanced Nurse Clinician, 6AB; Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director, 6AB; Heidi Bauer, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Virtua Marlton Hospital; Kayleigh Dunn, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB; Jennifer Hyland, BSed, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 1A Oncology Unit, Virtua Voorhees (former Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB); Amanda Lugg, BA, BSN, CMSRN, former Assistant Nurse Manager, 6AB. Pictured left to right back row: Paul Minnick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Marlton and Patricia Bowen, DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees.

The Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit leadership team, 105 registered nurses, patient care technicians, and unit secretaries on both day and night shifts with Patricia Bowen, DNP, RN, MBA, NE-BC, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees Hospital; Heidi Baur, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Marlton Hospital; Paul Minnick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Marlton; Reginald Blaber, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Virtua Health.

The Cardiac Medicine and Neuroscience unit leadership team, 105 registered nurses, patient care technicians, and unit secretaries on both day and night shifts with Patricia Bowen, DNP, RN, MBA, NE-BC, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees Hospital; Heidi Baur, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Care, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Marlton Hospital; Paul Minnick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Marlton; Reginald Blaber, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Virtua Health.

A custom banner announcing recognition from AMSN hangs outside the entrance to Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

A custom banner announcing recognition from AMSN hangs outside the entrance to Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

Picture left to right back row: Lynnea Tejada, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Marina Caparas, BS, Zoology, BSN, RN; Samantha Sherman, BSN, RN; Youn Joung Jang, BSN, RN; Jennifer Hyland, BSed, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 1A and former Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB; Amanda Lugg, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Danielle Stoever, BSN, RN, and Baby Emersyn. Picture left to right front row: Angela Cirillo, BSN, RN; Brianna Lancetta, BSN, RN; Amanda Radyshewsky, BSN, RN; Inga Huff, Patient Care Technician; and Patty Jones, Unit Secretary.

Picture left to right back row: Lynnea Tejada, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Marina Caparas, BS, Zoology, BSN, RN; Samantha Sherman, BSN, RN; Youn Joung Jang, BSN, RN; Jennifer Hyland, BSed, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 1A and former Assistant Nurse Manager 6AB; Amanda Lugg, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Danielle Stoever, BSN, RN, and Baby Emersyn. Picture left to right front row: Angela Cirillo, BSN, RN; Brianna Lancetta, BSN, RN; Amanda Radyshewsky, BSN, RN; Inga Huff, Patient Care Technician; and Patty Jones, Unit Secretary.

Pictured left to right: Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 6AB; Catherine Hughes, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Virtua Health; Denise Redmond, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CMSRN, Assistant Administrator, Long Term Care (previous Nurse Director of 4A Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and PRISM Recipient), and Kellianne Redmond, BSN, RN, 6AB.

Pictured left to right: Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director 6AB; Catherine Hughes, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Virtua Health; Denise Redmond, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CMSRN, Assistant Administrator, Long Term Care (previous Nurse Director of 4A Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and PRISM Recipient), and Kellianne Redmond, BSN, RN, 6AB.

Pictured left to right: Krista Krowicki, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Victoria DiMarcangelo, BSN, RN; Marcelle Nicolas, BSN, RN; Rachel Zanetti, BSN, RN; Marian Caparas, BS, Zoology, BSN, RN; Linda Benner, BSN, RN; and Edith Aningalan, BSN, RN.

Pictured left to right: Krista Krowicki, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Victoria DiMarcangelo, BSN, RN; Marcelle Nicolas, BSN, RN; Samantha Sherman, BSN, RN, Rachel Zanetti, BSN, RN; Marian Caparas, BS, Zoology, BSN, RN; Linda Benner, BSN, RN; and Edith Aningalan, BSN, RN.

Accepting the PRISM Award from Andie Melendez, National Secretary, AMSN are Cardiac Medicine & Neuroscience leaders, Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director; Myriam Joseph, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Advance Nurse Clinician; and Kayleigh Dunn, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager. Not Pictured: Katherine Jaffe, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager.

Accepting the PRISM Award from Andie Melendez, National Secretary, AMSN are Cardiac Medicine & Neuroscience leaders, Christine Pawliczek, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Director; Myriam Joseph, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Advance Nurse Clinician; and Kayleigh Dunn, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager. Not Pictured: Katherine Jaffe, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Assistant Nurse Manager.