Two Kennedy Nurses Honored by NJ March of Dimes
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Award Winnger - Vicki ODonnell, RN, PCCN (right)

Two Kennedy University Hospital/Washington Township nurses – Vicki O’Donnell, RN, PCCN, and Colleen Ratcliffe, RN – were among the outstanding nurses honored at the recent March of Dimes New Jersey Nurse of the Year Awards.

O’Donnell received the “Case Management/ Patient Advocate” award, and Ratcliffe received the “General Adult Care” award at the December Gala event. Both nurses work at the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township, NJ.

Ms. O’Donnell is a 7-year Kennedy associate and serves as the Co-Chair of Kennedy’s Safe Patient Handling Committee. A resident of Williamstown, NJ, she has taken a leadership role in the establishment of the hospital’s Alternative Education Library, which provides CDs with educational information for patients with reading, and/or vision disabilities.

Ms. Ratcliffe of Franklin Township, NJ, is an 8-year Kennedy associate and system-recognized Exemplary Nurse. She has played a key role in Kennedy’s involvement in the NJHA Pressure Ulcer Collaborative, which successfully implemented interventions to prevent skin breakdown in patients throughout the health system.

Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving the communities of southern New Jersey.  Kennedy meets the community’s healthcare needs with services at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill,Stratford and Washington Township and at outpatient facilities throughout Camden and Gloucester counties.

Award Winner - Colleen Ratcliffe, RN (right)

Kennedy University Hospital is the Principal hospital of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine. Kennedy is also a member of the Penn Cancer Network. Some of its many acclaimed programs and facilities include: The Kennedy Surgical Center, The Kennedy Cancer Center; Kennedy Family Health Services, The Kennedy Health Care Center; The Center for Wound Healing at Kennedy, and Kennedy Home Health Care.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.