Mercy Medical Center Nurses Recognized in Baltimore Magazine's 2020 "Excellence in Nursing" Edition

September 9, 2020
Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

Six Mercy Medical Center nurses have been recognized as among “the best of the best” in the region by Baltimore magazine’s 6th annual “Excellence in Nursing Awards” survey, September 2020 issue.

The survey attracted hundreds of nominations covering 18 different specialties over a 9-month period. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of nurse advisors who helped determine the winners. From Mercy, the following nurses were recognized:


Kimberly Kline, MSN, RN, OCN, Nurse Educator, Mercy Medical Centers for Clinical Excellence

Emergency Nursing:

Kristin Woodard, RN, CNII

Intensive Care: 

Sarah Edsinger, Registered Nurse

Mercy Critical Care Unit

Medical Surgical Nursing:

Gisella Alvarez, Lead Charge Nurse, Mercy Post-Surgical Specialty Unit


Colbie Oden, Registered Nurse

Pediatrics Neonatal:

Kelly Shanahan, Registered Nurse, NICU

The magazine “solicited nominations from peers, supervisors, and patients of registered nurses, both in and out of hospitals, who represent the finest in their field.”

“Mercy has a long tradition of providing top nursing care to patients. It is very gratifying to see Mercy nurses honored for their outstanding contributions and commitment to excellence in nursing practice,” said Kimberly Schwenk, MSN, RN, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy. “Kimberly, Kristin, Sarah, Gisella, Colbie and Kelly are all skilled and talented nurses, and this recognition reflects their ongoing contributions to the nursing profession.”

“We are thrilled to see our nurses recognized for their efforts,” said Susan Finlayson, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Operations for Mercy Medical Center. “Our nurses are noted for their expertise, leadership and compassionate care, and we are proud to celebrate their achievement.”

Mercy is noted for delivering high quality nursing care, earning the coveted Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes the top health care organizations in the nation for providing nursing excellence.

Mercy first joined the Magnet community in 2011 as one of 378 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

Mercy holds a number of nursing awards and accreditations, including being a Gold Level hospital for the Beacon Award of Excellence (American Association of Critical Care Nurses), named “Best Hospital in Maryland for Nurses” (, one of the 30 “Most Nurse-Friendly Hospitals” (, and accredited by the Forum for Shared Governance, recognizing “Mercy’s commitment to nurse involvement in making decisions that impact clinical practice, quality improvement and professional development.”

In addition, Mercy has nearly 250 nurses nationally certified in specialty care areas such as critical care, oncologyorthopedics, OR and inpatient obstetrics. These certifications provide our nurses the advanced knowledge and skills needed to best care directly for patients coming to Mercy for specific specialty treatments.

Photo: Mercy Medical Center’s six nurse award winners, left to right: Kristin Woodard, Kimberly Kline, Kelly Shanahan, Colbie Oden, Sarah Edsinger and Gisella Alvarez, accompanied on the far right side by Kimberly Schwenk, a vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Medical Center.



Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

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About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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