Each year Deborah Heart and Lung Center celebrates Nurses Week, held from May 6-12 in commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday — who is credited with the birth of the modern American nursing profession. As part of Deborah’s celebration, recognition is given to those outstanding professionals who contribute to Deborah’s national reputation as a 4-Star CMS-rated hospital, and as one of the most highly recognized cardiac centers in the country. This year, over a dozen of Deborah’s nurses were promoted to Clinical Advancement Nurses. They were recognized for their “excellence in nursing care” by demonstrating advanced proficiency in the categories of: Education, Leadership, Performance Improvement, and Research. Awards were then presented to the Unit Coordinator of the Year–Delores McMullin, MICU; Patient Care Technician/Nursing Assistant of the Year–Michael Zerr, SICU; Indirect Care Provider of the Year–Tina Curlis, APN, Cardiology; and Nurse of the Year–Denet Slocum, RN, Operating Room, shown with (from left) Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella; Deborah Vice President, Patient Care Services, Rita Zenna; and Deborah Board Member, Father Anthony Lipari. The Nursing Committee selected the winners from over 150 award nominees.