Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) nurse manager Susan Morrissey, BSN, MS, has won a 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award. Ms. Morrissey, who was honored for Women’s Health, was one of 17 Massachusetts nurses selected for the award, which recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence, and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes.
Ms. Morrissey accepted the award at the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter’s third annual Nurse of the Year Awards on October 7th at the VERVE - Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. The award selection committee reviewed 75 applications and chose winners in 12 categories: Administration, Advanced Practice, Community & Public Health, Education, Labor & Delivery, Maternal/Newborn, Neonatal, Nurse Researcher, Pediatric Family Medicine, Student Nurse, Women’s Health, and Antepartum. The Heart Award, Nurse Leader Award, Quality Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
Ms. Morrissey joined CHA 12 years ago as the nurse manager of labor and delivery services. She has served as the nurse manager of the Women’s Health Centers at CHA’s Cambridge and Somerville Hospital campuses for the past eight years. As part of that role, she acts as a liaison to nurse managers throughout CHA’s network of hospital campuses and primary and specialty care centers on all issues surrounding women’s health and prenatal care.
“This award is well-deserved recognition for the absolute, unwavering focus Sue gives to our patients’ experience of care,” said Kathleen Harney, MD, CHA’s chief of obstetrics and gynecology. “Our patient population is underserved and culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse. Sue goes above and beyond to develop creative ways to ensure our patients overcome barriers in order to access the care they and their newborns need.”
About the March of Dimes
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a high-quality and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.