Celebrate Caring - We honor the region's top nurses - IBX

Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists

The Independence Blue Cross (Independence) Celebrate Caring campaign shines a light on extraordinary nurses in our community.

For the fifth year, we’re honoring and rewarding the region’s top nurses. We’ve selected three winners and seven honorees from hundreds of nominations from patients, coworkers, family, and friends — the people who have been touched by their compassion and commitment to nursing excellence.

Our 2023 winners are:

  • Christina Milligan, CRNP

    CHOP Primary Care, Paoli
  • Juju Riggins, RN, BSN

    Pathways to Housing PA
  • Leah Santos, RN, BSN

    Penn Transplant Institute

Winners will be featured on iHeartRadio and CBS News Philadelphia. Read more about their stories on the IBX Insights blog and follow the Independence Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for more Celebrate Caring content.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Carla P. Clements, PhD, CRNP

    Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
  • Sophia Collins, RN, MSN

    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sarah DeChurch, RN, BSN

    Paoli Hospital, Main Line Health
  • Desiree DeVeau, BSN, RN, PCCN

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Tracey Kirschner, RN

    Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • Danielle Scarpitti, RN, MSN, CRRN

    MossRehab Institute for Brain Health, Jefferson Health
  • Joe Staffieri, RN


Nurses do so much to keep our families and communities safe and healthy. Thank you for everything you do!

2023 Winners

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