Glens Falls Hospital Celebrates Nursing Excellence


From Nurses Week Celebrations to the Journey to Magnet Recognition Program

GLENS FALLS, NY – Every year, nurses across the nation are recognized with the week-long celebration of Nurses Week, which runs May 6-12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. At Glens Falls Hospital, we honored our incredible nurses for all that they do to provide elevated, patient-centered care throughout the entire year.

The events of Nurses Week were centered on recognizing nurses for the critical role they have in delivering compassionate and expert clinical care to the patients we serve. Our celebrations were focused around the recognition of exemplary practice in a variety of ways, including the annual Nurse of the Year awards ceremony. We are also proud to announce that for the past four consecutive years, Glens Falls Hospital nurses have been finalists or named in the Top 10 Nurses of the Year for the Times Union Salute to Nurses, including this year’s winner Jennifer Cleveland, RN.

Glens Falls Hospital holds an annual Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony to recognize world class practice in 4 diverse categories - Nurse Leadership, Nurse as Teacher, Clinical Nurse, and Magnet Champion. What makes this event special is that these nurses were nominated and selected by their peers, those who witness first-hand the extraordinary moments that distinguish them as leaders. Please join us in congratulating all our award winners:

Magnet Journey Champions of the Year:

Heidi Mechanick RN, 4 West

Magen Molgano RN, OR

Outstanding Nurses as Teachers of the Year:

Catherine Brambley, Nurse Educator, OR

Catherine Fisher, WOCN

Kenta Kameda, Clinical Systems Analyst

Nurse Leaders of the Year:

Alison Prunty, Nurse Manager, Critical Care

Mary Shannon, Sr. Director Nursing Operations/ACNO

Clinical Nurses of the Year:

Garrett Bovair RN, 3 West

Cassandra Seymour RN, Tower 3

Stephanie Rollo RN, GI Center

Linda Bell, Lead Nurse, Evergreen Health Center

In addition, a full day exhibition of research and evidence-based practice projects authored by our clinical nurses was held. Several of whom have presented or will present at national healthcare conferences.We also celebrated our nurses with a clinical ladder program reception to recognize those who have demonstrated their commitment to ongoing professional development, involvement in our shared decision-making councils, and demonstrated contributions to improving patient care and their practice environment.Glens Falls Hospital is committed to supporting the national initiative of increasing the percentage of Baccalaureate prepared and board certified nurses.Over the past year, the percentage of BSN-prepared RN’s and Nationally Board Certified RNs have each increased 3%.

This an exciting time for Glens Falls Hospital as our Nursing team has set forth on the journey to achieve Magnet designation in 2020. Earlier this year, Glens Falls Hospital met the eligibility requirements to advance on the journey to the Magnet Recognition Program, and thus began our efforts to gather the evidence to support how we meet the program standards of nursing excellence. The Magnet Program designates organizations worldwide where nurses excel in five areas: transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements, and improved patient outcomes. The Journey to Magnet designation benefits the entire organization by promoting innovation and scientific inquiry, inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice and a focus on demonstrating improved patient outcomes.

“Our nursing staff provides exceptional care at Glens Falls Hospital as demonstrated by our strong performance in nurse sensitive quality indicators and our patient and RN satisfaction.Our RN satisfaction outperforms the national benchmark in 6 out of 8 categories,” said Donna Kirker, Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Services.“We are extremely proud of this as it not only strengthens our ability to recruit and retain nurses, but also lends to providing exemplary patient-centered care and better patient outcomes.”

Magnet designation is the highest credential that an organization can achieve for the quality of nursing practice. We look forward to sharing more about our journey in the upcoming months.



Glens Falls Hospital (GFH) is the largest hospital between Albany, NY and Montreal, Canada and maintains a service area that spans 6,000 square miles across 5 diverse counties. Founded in 1897, GFH today operates an advanced health care delivery system featuring 24 regional facilities including 9 specialty practices and 10 medical centers.A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided in addition to coronary care, occupational and behavioral health care, rehabilitation and wellness and others.The main hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery birthing center, the Breast Center and a chronic wound healing center. GFH is a not-for-profit organization and the largest employer in New York’s Adirondack region, with over 2,700 employees and a medical staff of more than 575 providers. For more information visit