NCH Announces 2014 Nursing Award Winners

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Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is proud to announce the winners of its first nursing awards.

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is proud to announce the winners of its first nursing awards.

This year, 12 NCH nurses were nominated in one or more of the 10 American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Professional Performance attributes. The award winners received a professional development scholarship and exemplary star statue.

Josie Smudde, RN, was named the 2014 Northwest Community Healthcare Nurse of the Year for her work in the oncology department. Juli Aistars, APN, was named the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year.

The other nominees for the NCH nursing awards:

Fatima Duran, RN: Ethics - Pediatrics
Mark Agustin, RN: Education - Critical Care
Mike Fronczak, RN: Evidence-Based Practice & Research - Cardiac Cath Lab
Catherine Johnson, RN: Quality of Practice - Radiation Oncology
Karen Ottaviano, RN: Communication - Radiation Oncology
John Paraskevas, RN: Leadership - Cardiac Cath Lab
Bozena Vargo, RN: Collaboration - Ambulatory Infusion Center
Beth Matijevic, RN: Professional Practice Evaluation - Pediatrics
Anna Mulakunnam, RN: Resource Utilization - Cardiac Renal
Susan Kooy, RN: Environmental Health - Post Surgical

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year and more than 20,000 inpatients annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. The physicians who provide care at NCH may not be agents or employees at Northwest Community Healthcare, or at any of our affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facility as a place where they want to treat and care for their private patients. For more information, or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit

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