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Voorhees, NJ – Kennedy Specialty Care Transport Nurse Barbara McCormick, MSN, RN, was honored with a 2015 Philadelphia Tri-State Nursing Excellence GEM Award, sponsored by, at a special gala held May 12th in Philadelphia.  Three other Kennedy nurses were finalists in the prestigious competition. 

 Ms. McCormick, a resident of Turnersville, NJ, and Air Force Reserve nurse, was selected as a finalist and won in the category of Home, Community and Ambulatory Care. As a Specialty Care Transport Nurse with STAT Medical Transport, she leads her staff to be collaborative in a high-stress environment – ensuring a continuity of care. McCormick is an instructor for the Kennedy Life Support Education Program, which is open to the public. She teaches basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.  

 Kennedy nurses Brittany Chalfant, MSN, RN, NP-C, RN-BC; Susan Fulginiti, MSN, RN-BC and Joanne Schleider, MSN, RN, PCCN, were named finalists in the awards competition.


Ms. Chalfant, a resident of Pine Hill, NJ, was honored as a finalist in the category of Clinical Nursing, Inpatient for her work with geriatric patients in Kennedy – Stratford’s ACE Unit.  Known for always encouraging her peers, she teaches at the Kennedy Medical/Surgical Skills Fair and is a member of the hospital’s Shared Governance Education Committee.


Ms. Fulginiti, of Turnersville, NJ, is Kennedy’s Clinical Informatics Educator and was a finalist in the Education and Mentorship category for her dedication and support as a mentor. Known for her “around-the-clock” availability, Fulginiti educates Kennedy clinical personnel on the latest nursing informatics initiatives, while always focusing on patient safety and quality.


Ms. Schleider, of Sicklerville, NJ, is a Patient Navigator RN with Kennedy University Hospital’s Emergency Department, and was a finalist in the Volunteerism and Service category. Schleider has developed a post-discharge, follow-up program that involves making daily calls to discharged ED patients, improving outcomes and reducing readmissions.


Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving the communities of southern New Jersey. Kennedy meets the community’s healthcare needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities throughout Camden and Gloucester counties. Kennedy University Hospital is the Principal teaching hospital of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Kennedy is also a member of the Penn Cancer Network and the Jefferson Neurosciences Network (JNN). For more information, visit