Bridget Brion named March of Dime’s Critical Care Nurse of 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Nov. 20, 2012) — For the past 10 years Bridget Brion RN, BSN, CNRN has been delivering outstanding patient care and excellent outcomes for Saint Luke’s Health System, beginning as a nursing intern in 2002 and ultimately as a Code Neuro Nurse for the Saint Luke’s Stroke Center. On November 10, Brion’s hard work and dedication was formally recognized when she was honored as the March of Dime’s Critical Care Nurse of 2012 at the inaugural March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year event in Saint Louis, Mo.

Brion was nominated by Saint Luke’s Stroke Coordinator Debbie Summers MSN, “Bridget is the example of an extraordinary nurse who is compassionate with patients and families. She frequently goes above and beyond when caring for them.”

Brion began her career in the Neuro-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Saint Luke’s Hospital in 2002 and worked in the NSICU until becoming a Code Neuro Nurse in 2008.

“It was amazing to be recognized as a nurse. I am extremely honored to represent the outstanding nurses at Saint Luke’s Hospital,” said Brion. “I am especially proud to be a part of the amazing team at the Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute. We are a world class stroke center that provides excellent care with outstanding outcomes. To be able to practice nursing in that environment gives me the greatest satisfaction of all.”

More than 150 applications were submitted for the Nurse of the Year event with 17 nurses ultimately being honored as “Nurse of the Year” in a variety of categories; including Advance Practice, Emergency, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health. A selection committee of health care professionals reviewed the blinded nomination forms and determined the winners. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state, celebrating the profession, and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.

About Saint Luke’s Health System Saint Luke's Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

About March of Dimes March of Dimes has awarded more than $3 million in Missouri for research and programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. It is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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/missouri

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