Cleveland Clinic Nurses Receive Leadership Awards

Seven are Recognized for Contributions to Quality Patient Care

March 2, 2011

Seven Cleveland Clinic nurses are among the recipients of the Fifth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award given by Kent State University’s College of Nursing. The award recognizes nurses for providing effective leadership, demonstrating compassionate role modeling, and offering sound professional mentoring.

The Cleveland Clinic nurses are: Chris Bernardo, CNP (Endocrinology), of Silver Lake; Annie Fitz, RN, MBA, (Palliative Care), of Strongsville; Michele Kline, MSN, CNP, FNP (Internal Medicine), of Concord; Ruth Mundy, MSN, CNP (Hypertension & Nephrology), of Cuyahoga Falls; Ann Palascak, RN, MSN (Hematology Oncology), of North Olmsted; Susan Perez, MSN, NP-C, CDE, (Beachwood Internal Med Family Health Center), of Richfield; and Elizabeth Voynovich, RN (Solid Tumor/Oncology), of Streetsboro.

In 2002, KSU College of Nursing Advisory Board Chair Barbara Donaho forged the idea that clinical partnerships between the university and area hospitals with which it partners should receive substantial recognition. Recipients of the Donaho Award are a select group of nurses who have distinguished themselves by greatly enhancing and contributing to the quality of care provided by the next generation of professional nurses. There are a total of 35 recipients this year.

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