Congratulations to this year’s Celebrate Caring winners and finalists

The Independence Blue Cross Celebrate Caring campaign once again generated an outpouring of admiration for the region’s nurses. We received more than 1,400 nominations for outstanding nurses who are dedicated to providing superior care and compassion to their patients and community.

This year’s winners are:

  • Steve Footit, RN, BSN
    Intensive Care Unit, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Michelle Jackson-Ware, RN, BSN
    Asthma Regional Care Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Cookie Sanchez, RN, BSN
    Bilingual Clinical Manager, Bayada Home Health Care

Independence will donate $2,500 on behalf of each winner to nonprofit organizations of their choosing. Winners will also receive a $500 Visa gift card and dinner for two and an overnight stay in Atlantic City. Steve, Michelle, and Cookie were also interviewed by our media partners, 6abc and iHeartRadio. Stay tuned to this page and Independence’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more on their stories!

This year’s finalists are:

  • Justin Gavaghan, BSN, RN
    Lancaster General Health - Penn Medicine
  • Dawn Loney, LPN
    JEVS Human Services ACT 2 Program
  • Tammy Nealy, BSN, RN
    Einstein Medical Center - Montgomery County
  • Marie Ranselle, MSN, RN
    Philadelphia Department of Health
  • Kim Swartz, LPN
    Compassus Hospice
  • Shannon Smith, RN, BSN, CSN
    School District of Philadelphia
  • Kelly F. Warren, MSN, RN, CMSRN
    Virtua Voorhees Hospital

Each finalist will receive a $100 gift card and will be featured on Independence’s social media channels.

There’s never been a more challenging time to be a nurse. We applaud the contributions of each and every nurse.

Thank you for everything you do!

2021 Winners

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