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Published on October 21, 2015

CentraCare Health Nurses Receive March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards

St. Cloud, Minn. – Linda Chmielewski, vice president/CNO, St. Cloud Hospital Operations, and Sharon Schwantz, RN, CentraCare Health – Long Prairie, were recognized by the Minnesota March of Dimes with 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards on Oct. 17.

Chmielewski received the Leadership Award for her exemplary leadership that has demonstrated exceptional excellence in patient care and outcomes. She is a highly accomplished nursing leader who works closely with clinical care staff, organizational leaders, providers and staff.

Schwantz received the Rural Nurse Award which recognizes nurses who practice in community and rural settings including clinics and critical access hospitals. Schwantz was recognized for the work she has done in obstetrical nursing in Long Prairie.

Throughout Minnesota, 460 nurses were nominated in 16 categories that encompassed a wide range of nursing practice.

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