Congratulations to the 2022 Nursing Excellence Awards Winners

A  sincere Thank You to ALL our New Mexico Nurses!

Center For Nursing Excellence announces winners of the Nursing Legend Awards -
Press Release March 8, 2023 

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence celebrates the winners of the 2022 Nursing Excellence Awards -
Press Release May 2, 2023

  This year’s honorees in each award category are listed below. 

Nursing Legends Awards
Terry Fuhs
Barbara Overman
Martha Schwebach

Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award
Deborah Walker - New Mexico Nurses Association
"Touch a Life" Award
Ian Cady - University of New Mexico Hospital
Nurse Leadership Award
  Stacey Fort - Lovelace Medical Center
Emerging Nurse Leader Award
Sandra Henderson - Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center
Nightingale Award
Victoria Atencio - San Juan Regional Medical Center 
Education, Research, and Academia Award
Sara Daykin - University of New Mexico Hospital 
Critical Care Nursing Award
LoraAnn Lovato - UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
Advanced Practice Nursing Award
Jodie Garcia - UNM Medical Group
Nurse Executive Leadership Award
Jamie Silva-Steele - UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
Home Health and Hospice Nursing Award
Karen Kelso - Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Community Service Award
Karl Ngoye - Memorial Medical Center Las Cruces
Medical and Surgical Nursing Award
Getachew Gobena - University of New Mexico Hospital 

Perioperative Nursing Award
Michael Schuster - Lincoln County Medical Center

Maternal-Child and Women's Health Nursing Award
Christopher Gillen - Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Emergency Nursing Award
Cynthia Campos - Christus St. Vincent

Rural Practice Award
Erica Marquez - New Mexico Department of Health 

Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Nursing Award
Rafael Castro - Genesis at Silver City Care Center
Case/Quality Management, Managed Care and Informatics Nursing Award
Mila Muir - University of New Mexico Hospital 
Ambulatory Nursing Award
Laura Grubb - University of New Mexico Hospital 
Behavioral Health Nursing Award
Michelle Adams - Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center 
Public Health, Community, and School Nursing Award
Jan Martin - El Pueblo Heath Services
Friend of Nursing Award
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

2022 NEA Honorees
  From bottom left: Martha Schwebach, Erica Marquez, Sara Daykin, Terry Fuhs, Getachew Gobena,
Rafael Castro, Michael Schuster, Christopher Gillen, Jodie Garcia, Sandra Henderson, and Karl Ngoye 
From top left: Deborah Walker, Jan Martin, Laura Grubb, Mila Muir, Karen Kelso, Stacey Fort, LoraAnn Lovato,
Jamie Silva Steele, Cynthia Campos, Victoria Atencio, Michelle Adams, Susan Fox, & Joie Glenn.
Photo by Ray Mares


The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence wants to recognize Presbyterian Healthcare Services as the presenting sponsor. As Awards Patron sponsors the event was also supported by CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System. For the eighteenth year in a row, KRQE News 13 was this year’s Media Sponsor and anchor Stephanie Chavez acted at the event’s mistress of ceremonies. The event was also made a success by the support of volunteers from Central New Mexico Community College and University of New Mexico College of Nursing.
Proceeds from the Nursing Excellence Awards support the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and its mission.