Hendersonville, Tenn. (December 22, 2015) – In Middle Tennessee, seventeen nurses received top honors at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards held December 8th at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Jessica Woods of TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center was recognized for nursing excellence in the category of Women’s Health. This sixth annual event recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care across all specialties. “Jessica has blessed us with her fabulous patient care, positive spirit and visionary attitude,” said Jan Alexander, Director of Women’s Services at TriStar Hendersonville. “We are beyond blessed to have her as part of our team during the opening of The Birth Center.”

“On behalf of TriStar Hendersonville, I would like to congratulate Jessica on her recognition and thank her for her diligent work in preparation of our new Birth Center,” added Regina Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer at TriStar Hendersonville. “Our expansion has allowed Jessica to further develop her leadership skills and showcase her dedication to patient-centered care.” More than 170 nominees emerged, all representing the March of Dimes vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families. The award recipients were determined by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals who screened the nominations in a structured review process.

“These nurses are very deserving of this honor and we are pleased to play a role in saluting these patient champions for the care they provide daily,” said Rita P. Mitchell, Executive Vice President and Manager, Private Client Services with First Tennessee Bank and Nurse of the Year Event Chairperson. This year, Catherine Ivory, Immediate Past National President with Association of Women’s Heath, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and Assistant Profession with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing served as Honorary Chairperson.

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