Nursing Excellence Awards
Top Nurses

St. Luke's Celebrates National Nurses Week & Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Carol Kuplen

Carol A. Kuplen, RN, MSN


A message from Carol Kuplen, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Better Nurses. Best Hospital.

Named 100 Top Hospital – 5 YEARS IN A ROW!
For the fifth year in a row and seventh time overall, St. Luke’s has been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the Nation by IBM Watson Health.™ 100 Top Hospitals are proven to provide the highest value to the communities they serve – demonstrating excellence in quality, safety and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is the ONLY hospital in the region to win this prestigious award!

Excellence in health care begins with exceptional nurses.

Across St. Luke’s, our nurses and patient care professionals have a critical responsibility to uphold the highest level of quality and ethical standards in their practice to ensure the delivery of superior health care to patients, families and the community. Registered nurses may choose to practice as direct care providers, advanced practitioners, administrators or educators. Regardless of their position, their professional commitment is evident in all aspects of care – patient safety, care coordination, patient/family engagement, education, patient outcomes and quality of care. St. Luke’s nurses are highly trusted as a result; earning a well-deserved reputation for providing the best care to our patients.

In recognition of National Nurses Week 2019 we celebrate and thank all of our outstanding nursing and patient care professionals throughout St. Luke’s Network who inspire those around them, innovate the world of health care and influence the lives of the community we serve. 

We take this opportunity to recognize our Nursing Excellence Award winners. These fine individuals are shining examples of St. Luke’s nurses at their best. They are selected for their outstanding nursing care, leadership and community contributions. It is a privilege to practice with such outstanding individuals who represent the “best” of the nursing profession.

 Nursing Excellence Awards


Watson Health Top 100 Hospital


Congratulations to our Winners!

The Bogdan Family Image of Professionalism Award

Heather Deroko, BSN, RN
Heather Deroko, BSN, RN
Allentown Campus

Katherine Ujvary, RN, BSN, MS-C
Katherine Ujvary, RN, BSN, MS-C
Anderson Campus

Katelyn Wiswall, RN
Katelyn Wiswall, RN
University Hospital - Bethlehem

Brenden McArdle, BSN, RN
Brenden McArdle, BSN, RN
Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Alyssa Gilbert, RN
Alyssa Gilbert, RN
Miners Campus

Marissa Frantz, BSN, RN
Marissa Frantz, BSN, RN
Monroe Campus

Shane Riling, BSN, RN
Shane Riling, BSN, RN
Quakertown Campus

Nancy Pietrouchie, RN
Nancy Pietrouchie, RN
Sacred Heart

Tiffany Chandler BSN, RN
Tiffany Chandler BSN, RN
Home Health / Hospice

Linda Zachar, BS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Linda Zachar, BS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Warren Campus

The Steve & Nancy Hovey Commitment to Nursing Excellence Award

Lauryn Dunn, RN
Lauryn Dunn, RN

Allentown Campus

Nicole Davis, BSN, RN
Nicole Davis, BSN, RN

Anderson Campus

Barbara Puzzella, MSN, RN, CNOR
Barbara Puzzella, MSN, RN, CNOR

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Janet Raub, RN
Janet Raub, RN

Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Brooke Lucykanish, RN
Brooke Lucykanish, RN

Miners Campus

Christine Huber, BSN, RN
Christine Huber, BSN, RN

Monroe Campus

Shannon Heaton, BSN, RN
Shannon Heaton, BSN, RN

Quakertown Campus

Elizabeth Yudt, RN
Elizabeth Yudt, RN

Sacred Heart Campus

Sharon Ringlaben, RN
Sharon Ringlaben, RN

Home Health / Hospice

Karen Cook, RN, BA, RNFA, CNOR
Karen Cook, RN, BA, RNFA, CNOR

Warren Campus

The Alan C. & Jean L. Dillman Relationship with Patient Award

Debra Camp, RN
Debra Camp, RN

Allentown Campus

Cynthia Bruzgo, RN
Cynthia Bruzgo, RN

Anderson Campus

Amanda Holtz, BSN, RN, OCN
Amanda Holtz, BSN, RN, OCN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Leanna Reed, RN
Leanna Reed, RN

Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Jamie Schantz, BSN, RN, RN-BC
Jamie Schantz, BSN, RN, RN-BC

Miners Campus

Amanda Echavarria, BSN, RN
Amanda Echavarria, BSN, RN

Monroe Campus

Maura Gallagher, RN
Maura Gallagher, RN

Quakertown Campus

Michelle Trexler, RN
Michelle Trexler, RN

Sacred Heart Campus

Lisa Williams, RN
Lisa Williams, RN

Home Health / Hospice

Laura Griffiths, RN
Laura Griffiths, RN

Warren Campus

The Jacqueline Sheehan Teamwork Award

Cheyna Peifer, PCA
Cheyna Peifer, PCA
Allentown Campus

Jerneen Pletz, Surgical Tech
Jerneen Pletz, Surgical Tech
Allentown Campus

Cory Hurtzig, PCA
Cory Hurtzig, PCA
Anderson Campus

Russell Mountjoy, PCA
Russell Mountjoy, PCA
Anderson Campus

Patricia Terplan, UC/CCA
Patricia Terplan, UC/CCA
University Hospital - Bethlehem

Rosemary Polcari-Werner, UC/PCA
Rosemary Polcari-Werner, UC/PCA
University Hospital - Bethlehem

Constance Barthlomew, CNA
Constance Barthlomew, CNA
Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Michelle Malinchoc, LPN
Michelle Malinchoc, LPN
Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Erin Buchanan, ED Technician
Erin Buchanan, ED Technician
Miners Campus

Nicolle Frantz, PCA
Nicolle Frantz, PCA
Miners Campus

Lionida Gutierrez, PCA
Lionida Gutierrez, PCA
Monroe Campus

Maharshi Patel, ED Technician
Maharshi Patel, ED Technician
Monroe Campus

Silva Ohanian, Security Officer
Silva Ohanian, Security Officer
Quakertown Campus

Taylor Shaak, MHT
Taylor Shaak, MHT
Quakertown Campus

Florent Kamberaj, PCA
Florent Kamberaj, PCA
Sacred Heart Campus

Adrianna Saliby, PCA
Adrianna Saliby, PCA
Sacred Heart Campus

Carisma Curry, CNA
Carisma Curry, CNA
Home Health / Hospice

Rachel Ricigliano, LPN
Rachel Ricigliano, LPN
Home Health / Hospice

Freda Peter, NA
Freda Peter, NA
Warren Campus

Kathy Kennedy, NA
Kathy Kennedy, NA
Warren Campus

The Michael & Dorothy Jahre and Roderick & Jane Timm Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

Elizabeth Heist, RN
Elizabeth Heist, RN

Allentown Campus

Eileen Carlin, BSN, RN
Eileen Carlin, BSN, RN

Anderson Campus

Shawn Martinez, BSN, RN
Shawn Martinez, BSN, RN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Jason Mathisen, RN
Jason Mathisen, RN

Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Rebecca Sullivan, RN
Rebecca Sullivan, RN
Miners Campus

Elizabeth Gregg, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Gregg, MSN, RN
Monroe Campus

Cindy Rosevelt, MSN, RN, CNOR
Cindy Rosevelt, MSN, RN, CNOR
Quakertown Campus

Carissa Saliby, BSN, RN
Carissa Saliby, BSN, RN
Sacred Heart Campus

Ashley Marinock Smith, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN
Ashley Marinock Smith, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN
St. Luke’s School of Nursing

Stephanie Ziegler, BSN, RN
Stephanie Ziegler, BSN, RN
Home Health / Hospice

Anu George, BSN, RN
Anu George, BSN, RN
Warren Campus

The Ruth Greenblat Exemplar Preceptor in Clinical Practice Award

Shirley Hawk, RN
Shirley Hawk, RN

Allentown Campus

Denise Dianna, BSN, RN, OCN
Denise Dianna, BSN, RN, OCN

Anderson Campus

Mikaela Supplee, RN, BSN
Mikaela Supplee, RN, BSN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Jaime Tessitore, RN
Jaime Tessitore, RN

Gnaden Huetten/Palmerton Campuses

Amber Fryer, RN
Amber Fryer, RN

Miners Campus

Hannah Boyanoski, RN
Hannah Boyanoski, RN

Monroe Campus

Sherry Casey, MSN, PHRN, RN
Sherry Casey, MSN, PHRN, RN

Quakertown Campus

Carmen Litfin, RN
Carmen Litfin, RN

Sacred Heart Campus

Antoinette Kratzer, BSN, RN
Antoinette Kratzer, BSN, RN

Home Health / Hospice

Amy Barrick, BSN, RN, CCRN
Amy Barrick, BSN, RN, CCRN

Warren Campus

Network Awards

Linda Reynolds, DNP, MBA
The Dr. Stephen and Sabina Olenchock Advanced Practice Award

Linda Reynolds, DNP, MBA

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Linda Machado, BSN, RN, CCRN
The Mrs. Margaret Peters Patient Care Manager of the Year Award

Linda Machado, BSN, RN, CCRN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Angela Spurlock, BSN, RN
The Heather Vassa Senior Care Award

Angela Spurlock, BSN, RN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Erin McCartney, RN
The Donna Sabol Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety Award

Erin McCartney, RN

University Hospital - Bethlehem

Raelah Garcia, MPH, BSN, RN
The Sam Black Excellence in Community Health & Ambulatory Preventive Medicine Award

Raelah Garcia, MPH, BSN, RN

Community & Preventive Health, SLUHN