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  Children’s National Nurses Receive Two of 10 Washingtonian 2013 Nursing Excellence Awards
September 30, 2013

Washington, DC— Nurses at Children’s National Health System have received two of the 10 Excellence in Nursing Awards for 2013 from Washingtonian magazine. The two Children’s National recipients are Christy Baxter, MSN, MHA, RN, CPN, BA, a Clinical Manager in Pain Medicine, and Lindsey Kennedy, BSN, RN, CPHON, a nurse in the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

For its 2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards, Washingtonian selected 10 extraordinary individuals, out of hundreds of nominees, for their contributions in the field of nursing. The 2013 awardees will be honored at an October 23 reception and dinner at the Madison Hotel in Washington, DC.

“Christy Baxter and Lindsey Kennedy exemplify the best that pediatric nursing has to offer,” said Linda Talley, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s National. “In their respective and unique areas of expertise, Christy and Lindsey demonstrate every day the power of nursing to make a profound impact in the lives of the patients and the families that they treat.”  
Baxter was honored for exceptional nursing care, her collaboration with healthcare teams, commitment to excellence, and innovation in the art and science of nursing—bringing exciting advances to her young patients. Her work in the Children’s National Pain Medicine Care Complex focuses on minimizing and eliminating pain for the nation’s children.

Kennedy was recognized for her deep understanding of complex disease processes and complicated medical procedures in caring for children with life-threatening diagnoses. Her work demonstrates a unique level of caring and compassion for patients and families facing extremely difficult circumstances.

Children’s National has an award-winning Nursing staff and is one of an elite group of hospitals to have achieved Magnet® designation, a nationally recognized accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only six percent of hospitals nationwide received this recognition—and even fewer children’s hospitals.

Washingtonian has been Washington’s most trusted guide to living, working, and playing in the area for more than four decades, with features like “Top Doctors” and more. The magazine is read each month by more than 400,000 people. It is a five-time National Magazine Award winner for reporting and writing.

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Contact: Paula Darte or Emily Hartman, 202-476-4500

About Children’s National Health System
Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.