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April 29, 2013 (Cleveland)

Nearly 200 Guests Gather to Recognize Nursing Leaders and Supporting Partners in Northeast Ohio

RecognizeNursingLeadersandSupportingPartnersOn the evening of April 25, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, celebrated nursing excellence by hosting an event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, in Mayfield Heights, to recognize nursing leaders and supporting partners throughout Northeast Ohio. Nearly 200 guests gathered to honor five recipients with awards for devoting their professional careers to advancing the nursing profession in Northeast Ohio. 


  • Dr. Roy A. Church, BS, M.Ed, Ed.D, president, Lorain County Community College, received The Community Leader Award, which honors an individual or group of individuals representing Northeast Ohio through corporate or community involvement who, through their contribution and support, have impacted the nursing profession in education, recruitment service, environment and retention of nursing. 
  • Michelle M. Wilson, MS, CNP, APRN-BC, CPNP-AC, pre-surgery nurse practitioner, Akron Children's Hospital, received The Partner in Nursing Award, which honors an individual, family or organization that has made a significant contribution to the profession of nursing. 
  • Judith L. Beeler, MSN, RN-BC, staff development coordinator, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Aris Beoglos Eliades, PhD, RN, CNS, associate director, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute and director of nursing research, Akron Children's Hospital, received The NEONI Legacy Award, which honors the outstanding support or impact of an individual or organization in at least one of the following areas of nursing: education, retention, environment, increasing the future recruitment of nurses and the services given to patients. 
  • Susan L. Collier, MSN, BA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president, Hillcrest Hospital, received NEONI's Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual selected by their peers whose strong commitment to nursing throughout their career and service to others has made a significant contribution to the overall advancement of the profession of nursing. 


Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Akron Children’s Hospital, Brennan, Manna & Diamond Law Firm, Carleton McKenna Co. LLC, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing, ETF (The Evarts, Tremaine, Flicker Company), FirstMerit Bank, Graystone Consulting, Hillcrest Hospital, Hondros College of Nursing, Kent State University College of Nursing, Lake Health, Lorain County Community College, Maloney + Novotny, the Ohio HealthCare Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, Southwest General Health Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Ursuline College and the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. The event raised more than $16,000. These funds will help NEONI continue its critical work in addressing the nursing shortage in the Northeast Ohio region. 

If you have any questions related to NEONI’s event to recognize nursing leaders and supporting partners, please contact Lisa Anderson, at 216.255.3660 or lisa.anderson@chanet.org, or Pam Waite, at 216.255.3650 or pamela.waite@chanet.org.


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