ANMC nurse Elizabeth “Dawn” Geest honored with March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awardNovember 23, 2016
Categories: Alaska Native Medical Center
Each year, the March of Dimes (MOD) Alaska Chapter honors Alaska’s exemplary registered nurses whose leadership and contributions make a significant impact in their community and in the profession of nursing by giving Nurse of the Year Awards. ANTHC leadership is proud to announce that Elizabeth “Dawn” Geest, RN Case Manager in the ANMC Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, earned Nurse of the Year honors in the category of Case Management/Care Coordination, recognized as a nurse who uses a collaborative process to provide for, organize, and monitor care to meet health and human service needs for patients. Geest’s nominator wrote about her, “She consistently demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and dedication. Our nominee truly embodies the concept of team player to the fullest. She is always thinking about the needs of the other members. In many cases it feels as if her communication and dedication energizes the entire team.” Geest, a Tribal member and longtime ANMC nurse, has worked inpatient in both Mother Baby Unit and Labor & Delivery, and has been in the outpatient Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic since 2013, where she serves as an important advocate for many of our patients as they navigate the Tribal health system. “I’m proud to be nurse at ANMC, while supporting our vision and our mission,” said Geest. “Winning March of Dimes Nurse of the Year was such an honor and a once in a lifetime experience! I am forever grateful for being recognized for doing something that I love. Being a nurse in Maternal Fetal Medicine has been such a rewarding opportunity. Working with women experiencing high risk pregnancies is a passion of mine and I really enjoy taking care of our patients.” Other ANTHC nurses were also nominated for awards at the event. Laura Mullin, for Leadership Nurse Manager; Amy Thomas, for Legend in Nursing; Connie Mazut, for Maternal Child Health; Jeannette Green, for Leadership Nurse Manager; Kris Caldwell, for Maternal Child Health; Tracy Runyan-Traylor, for Leadership Nurse Executive; Lisa Lange, for Legend in Nursing; Elizabeth Northrup, for Maternal Child Health; Wendy Moore, for Direct Care-Acute; and Julie McNulty was posthumously nominated for Legend in Nursing and recognized among nurses that passed away this year. Additional awardees were recognized from around the Alaska Tribal Health System, including: Michael Lavigne with Southcentral Foundation for Direct Care Community Based; Tom Mitchell with Southcentral Foundation for Education/Research; and Cynthia Watters with Norton Sound Health Corporation for Rural Community Based. Congratulations, Dawn, for your inspiring and impactful efforts. Congratulations to all nominees and awardees, and thank you to all ANMC nurses for providing the best care and services to our people every day.