News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Nursing

Nov. 30,  2010

March of Dimes Honors Four Emory Nursing Professionals as Nurses of the Year

Four Emory Healthcare nursing professionals were honored during this year's March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards held at the Cobb Galleria. This inaugural event recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care across all specialties.

The Nurse of the Year panel of judges reviewed hundreds of applications across 14 categories ranging from Home Health and Palliative Care to NICU and Critical Care disciplines. More than 130 finalists emerged, all representing nursing's and the March of Dimes' vision for healthy families across the life span.

The four honorees for Emory include:

Mary Still, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory University Hospital
Nurse of the Year for Critical Care Nursing

Eve Byrd, Nurse Practitioner, Wesley Woods Center
Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice Nursing

Renee Spinks, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology, Emory University Hospital
Nurse of the Year for Oncology Nursing

Adilah Muhammad, Clinical Staff Nurse, Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine
Nurse of the Year for Rehabilitation Nursing

"I am very proud of these outstanding nursing professionals for being recognized by the March of Dimes in this inaugural Nurse of the Year event for the state of Georgia. This is a wonderful honor for Mary, Eve, Renae and Adilah, and I congratulate all of the Emory nurses who were nominated, as well as the winners in each category," says Susan Grant, MS, RN, NEA, FAAN, Emory Healthcare chief nursing officer. "This recognition and event is a wonderful way to honor the role and impact of nursing within the communities, hospitals and clinics across the state of Georgia."

"The Nurse of the Year awards honor nurses in Atlanta who are truly committed to improving outcomes for their patients," says Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Emory's School of Nursing and chair of the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. "These award winners embody what it means to be a nurse. We are proud to salute these nurses, who have each had a profound impact on the health care delivery system."

"Nurses play an incredibly critical role in our community. They are truly the unsung medical heroes of the healthcare field and we join the world in saluting them," says Sheila Ryan, March of Dimes State Director.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the 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 or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta. Learn more about Emory¿s health sciences: - @emoryhealthsci (Twitter) -


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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