Thursday, May 10, 2018

GBMC Has The Best Nurses

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 (also known as National Nurses Day) through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. We are very fortunate in the GBMC HealthCare System to have the best nurses anywhere.

I see evidence of this daily on LDM rounds. Our nurses are not only working hard to bring the best caring and evidence-based practice to every patient, every time, they are also studying our processes and testing changes to make them even better. They display exemplary leadership every day.

Nursing requires selflessness and commitment. The 1,200+ nurses across the GBMC HealthCare System are critical to attaining our vision. Dedication to helping others is a defining characteristic of a nurse.

Nursing has always been a marvelous profession and it is exciting to see how many young nurses we have attracted. We have been able to recruit new nurses and keep our experienced nurses due to the vision of Dr. JoAnn Ioannou, our Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. JoAnn and her nursing leadership team have created a professional development model for nurses that helps them choose their career direction and grow and develop their skills.

We are blessed to have phenomenal nurses in our inpatient units, our operating suites, our outpatient areas, our physician practices, and in our hospice. Our nurses move us closer to our vision every day.

We will be celebrating The Art of Nursing this Friday night and I look forward to seeing many of our nurses at the event. I am very proud of all of them and honored to call them my colleagues!

How has a nurse touched your life, either professionally or personally? Share your comments here and show our nurses just how important they are to GBMC and to our patients.

Accolades from Baltimore magazine for GBMC’s Top Nurses! 
I am proud to acknowledge our six colleagues who were chosen by their peers from among thousands of nurses throughout the Baltimore region. These outstanding nurses were selected in five different specialties and represented 12% of all the winners! Another fact to support my belief that we have the best nurses!

Please join me in congratulating those recognized in Baltimore magazine’s “Excellence in Nursing”

Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Lisa Groff Paris, DNP, RN – Women’s Health
Deborah Higgins, MS, RN – Educator
JoAnn Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC – Management, Nurse Executives
Alexis Schultz, BSN, RN – Pediatrics: Neonatal

Karen Bartosz, MSN, RN, CHPN – Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care
Renee Ennis, BSN, RN, -- Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care

Once again, congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication!

The “Excellence in Nursing” issue is already on newsstands. Please make sure you grab your copy!

Speaking of Baltimore magazine: Physicians, it's that time again! Baltimore magazine is collecting votes for its Top Doctors issue. Doctors, please complete the survey below to vote for the colleagues you respect most! The magazine will only accept online voting for this issue.  Visit to cast your vote today!

National Hospital Week:  Time to Celebrate Those Who Care for Others 
We are also celebrating National Hospital Week from May 6 through May 12. According to the American Hospital Association, the week is “a celebration of the history, technology, and dedicated professionals that make our facilities beacons of confidence and care.”  This year’s theme is “Caring Is Our Calling,” something that our committed GBMC, Gilchrist, and GBMC Health Partners staff – more than 4,0000 employees across the system – do daily.

We have excellent facilities and technology within GBMC HealthCare, but a hospital is always more than a building and equipment. What makes our medical center great is our people. Physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists, other clinicians, environmental services workers, administrators, transporters, food service workers, supply technicians, librarians, volunteers, groundskeepers, fundraisers, human resource experts, telephone operators, information technologists, maintenance and facilities workers, and everyone else. At all hours of the day and night, all year long, GBMC and its dedicated staff are here to serve our community in our mission of health, healing, and hope.

I am very grateful for all that our hospital team does every day. Thank you to all!

The Passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Today, we are all sad to hear of the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. The County Executive was a friend to GBMC HealthCare and our mission and a true advocate for our vision. He was a public servant who worked tirelessly for our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.


  1. GBMC HAS THE BEST NURSES! So appreciated that Family Care Associates had 8-5 weekend hours where they could see my record and make appropriate decisions for my care. My care and the respect I received was top notch from registration, ED nurses and staff, transporters, diagnostic testing and unit 38 staff and all the physicians. Loved bedside handoff making me feel part of the daily plan, the room board keeping me up to date on team and goals for the day, the way every single person asked before leaving if there was anything else I needed. Being informed of test results within 15-30 min of completion. Food was wonderful. Gbmc delivers the WHOLE package and from my perspective as a patient have internalized our vision - take care of pts as if they were their loved ones and the lean daily management monitoring and achievements that come from them. The executives are behind you on this one! Top down! Bravo to all of you Nurses! �� Keep striving for the best. �� so appreciative of all you do!

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