Brier nurse honored by March of Dimes Washington Chapter


Paula Newman Skomski of Brier recently was honored by the March of Dimes Washington Chapter at its 12th annual Washington Nurse of the Year Awards event at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue.

Skomski received an award for Innovation/Non-Traditional Nursing. She works with Providence Intervention.

Registered nurses working at all staff levels in Washington were honored in 19 categories surrounded by their peers, nursing professionals who every day set the standards of outstanding patient care. This year the winners include:

  • Advance Practice – Renee Rassilyer-Bomers of Normandy Park with Swedish Medical Center
  • Advancing the Profession – Peg Currie of Spokane with Providence Sacred Heart
  • Advocacy for Patients – Mary Mahar of Seattle with UW Medicine
  • Patient/Clinical Care – Jennifer McKinley of Duvall with EvergreenHealth
  • Leadership – Darcy Jaffe of Seattle with UW Medicine Harborview
  • Innovation/Non-Traditional Nursing – Paula Newman Skomski of Brier with Providence Intervention
  • Neonatal – Sarah Newport of Tacoma with Tacoma General
  • Nurses Choice – Laura Crooks of Seattle with Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Perinatal/Pediatric – Sue Jones of Lake Tapps with Swedish Medical Center
  • Palliative Care – Irene Peters of Bellevue with Overlake Medical Center
  • Rural Health – Elizabeth Perkins of Spokane with Providence Sacred Heart
  • Educational Champion – Marie Arnone of Renton with Swedish Medical Center
  • Women’s Health – Karen Onstad of Tacoma with St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Staff Nurse/Critical Care – Jess Cochran of Seattle with Harborview Medical Center
  • Mentoring – Ann McElroy of Seattle with Swedish Medical Center
  • Rising Star – Christopher Davis of Tacoma with St. Clare Hospital
  • New Generation – Juancho Serrano of Seattle with Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care
  • Legend of Nursing – Karen Odle of Woodinville with UW Medicine
  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year – Linda Latta of Auburn from Seattle Children’s Hospital
The presenting sponsor was Premera Blue Cross. The platinum sponsor was Pediatrix Medical Group. The gold sponsors were Seattle Children’s Hospital and CHI Franciscan Health.  The silver sponsors were EvergreenHealth, Harrison Medical Center, Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, UW Medicine, Versant, WGU Washington, Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.  The community sponsors were Virginia Mason Medical Center, Washington State Nurses Association and KING 5.


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