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UW Health Announces Advanced Practice Provider Excellence Award Winners

Madison, Wisconsin - The first UW Health Advanced Practice Provider Excellence Award winners have been announced.


These awards are given to APPs who demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, teaching and leadership. Candidates for this award were nominated by advanced practice provider colleagues, physicians or administrators through a rigorous set of nomination criteria and letters.


Our winners this year were presented with their awards, surrounded by their colleagues, at the APP Recognition Event on Oct. 29 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.


Below is a brief synopsis of the nomination letters for each outstanding honorees:


Margaret HelinMargaret "Muggs" Helin, MS, RN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery


"Muggs is a natural leader and expert in her field. She has served as a spokesperson for NPs and PAs at every level of UW Health and nationally as the past President of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association. Muggs has worked tirelessly to advance NPs and PAs in delivering quality, safe, cost effective, efficient and compassionate care to our patients. She is the glue that binds our team. She only asks of others what she asks of herself and what she asks of herself is extraordinary."



Georgie DitzenbergerGeorgia Ditzenberger, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Neonatology


"Georgia is a dedicated and innovative educator whose outstanding work in educational program development and simulation training has directly and significantly improved the care provided to our most vulnerable pediatric patients. She has trained and mentored nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents, and medical students both locally and regionally. Georgia has authored numerous publications and presented at national conferences on neonatal care. Georgia is an outstanding teacher who has made important contributions to the educational mission of UW Health."



Maureen WakeenMaureen Wakeen, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Nephrology


"Maureen is a role model for all Advanced Practice Providers. She seamlessly coordinates and communicates care for our patients on dialysis and with renal failure; she always places the patient first. Maureen is an expert clinician, educator, role model and teammate in Nephrology. She has taught NPs, PAs, residents, fellows, medical students and has published research and presented nationally. I have the highest regard in her skills and would not hesitate to recommend her as a provider for my own family."



Lynne SearsLynne Sears, MS, RN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Critical Care


"Lynne is an expert in pediatric critical and palliative care. Her expertise and clinical skill improve the function of the pediatric ICU as a system. Lynne’s expertise is only matched by her remarkable warmth and sincerity in dealing with patients and families. In addition to the care of her patients, Lynne has been vital to teaching nurses, faculty and medical trainees, developing protocols for care of critically ill children and improving PICU services. Lynne has become a vital person in the care of infants and children at American Family Children’s Hospital and UW Health."


APP Recognition Event Slideshow



Date Published: 11/04/2013

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