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Marilyn's Message

Marilyn Chow

A Personal Welcome
from Marilyn Chow, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Vice President, Patient Care Services

Kaiser Permanente Nurses Honored at Nursing's Most Prestigious Awards Ceremony

As nurses, our highest honor is to care for our patients when they are sickest and at their most vulnerable, but also to keep them well and to help improve the health of the communities we serve. Without a doubt, providing care is its own reward. And, to be recognized for one's life work, is a gift beyond measure.

That's why I was so pleased to join nursing colleagues from health care organizations throughout California to honor the best of the best, including four Kaiser Permanente nurses who were named as finalists for's prestigious 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards for California.

nurse awardees

Left to right: Glenn Pascual, Lynne Agocs-Scott, Annie Russell, and Maria Maglalang

These Kaiser Permanente nurses: Lynne Agocs-Scott, BSN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills; Maria Maglalang, RN, MN, FNP, National Patient Care Services, Oakland; Dr. Glenn Pascual, DHSc, MSN, OCN, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills; and Annie Russell RN, NP, MSN, MBA, PHN, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, were among the select few who were honored at a special awards dinner last month.

The annual Nursing Excellence Awards celebrates nurses across the nation who epitomize excellence in patient care, clinical/leadership talent, and management, educational, and mentoring skills – you can consider them the Oscars of nursing! Competition for the Nursing Excellence Awards is stiff, and our KP nurses were selected from among hundreds of submissions.

Lynne, Maria, Glenn, and Annie represent the best of what we do every day – all day – to help our communities thrive. To be considered for this highly-prized award is an accolade itself. To emerge as a finalist, is an honor, indeed.

Lynne was named as a finalist in the Clinical Care, Inpatient category. For her 30 years of superior patient care, extensive research, and work improving organizational systems and creating a nursing practice counsel, Lynne has garnered the admiration, respect, and gratitude of colleagues, industry experts, and patients, alike. A clinical nurse specialist and department administrator for Hemodialysis, Lynne says she is "still in love with nursing after 30 years."

Described by colleagues as a "genuine force of nature," Maria is a nursing professional development consultant at Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services. She is an educator, innovator, mentor, nurse, and meticulous thought leader who has championed the use of high-tech, and virtual learning solutions, Maria was an Education and Mentorship category finalist. She is a natural-born leader who has dedicated over 25 years to patient care, and mentoring.

Commitment, passion and excellence have catapulted each finalist to the greatest heights of industry success. A Patient/Staff Management finalist, director of service and department administrator of 4 West, Glenn has distinguished himself as a cutting-edge practitioner and adroit communicator who bolsters staff development through training and coaching, and he has been praised for his positive impact both to patient care and employee morale.

As associate medical group administrator for Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, Annie is a leader and a go-getter who led the setting of 12 Guinness World Records in San Diego County for community preventive health care. She is responsible for Primary Care Operations, Ambulatory Clinical Practice, and North San Diego County delivery system. Annie is a Home, Community and Ambulatory Care finalist for her innovative leadership and community wellness solutions.

I am so proud to work amongst such talented nurses – their examples inspire us all. To the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards finalists, and nurses worldwide, I want to congratulate and honor them for all that they do to improve each of our lives.

Thank you again for providing Extraordinary Nursing Care, Every Patient, Every Time.

-- Marilyn

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