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Allegheny Health Network Nurses Named Honorees in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2018 ‘Excellence in Nursing’ Awards

Monday, November 19, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) nurses Jacqueline Collavo, MA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, and Stuart Fisk, CRNP, have each received top honor in Pittsburgh Magazine’s third annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Recognized in the leader and community categories respectively, the awards celebrate Collavo’s work as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of West Penn Hospital (WPH), and Fisk’s work as Director of AHN’s Center for Inclusion Health and as a nurse practitioner at Allegheny General Hospital’s Positive Health Clinic. Honorable mentions were bestowed upon two other AHN nurses as part of the awards program featured in the magazine’s December issue.

Collavo holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carlow University, a Master of Arts in journalism and corporate healthcare communications from Point Park University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Capella University. She has served at West Penn for 35 years in a number of progressive nursing roles. Under her leadership, the hospital became the first in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to achieve Magnet® Recognition – a designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. WPH was also the first in the region to earn the designation a second and third time in 2012 and 2017. In 2015, Collavo was named ‘Nurse of the Year’ by the American Nurses Foundation.

Fisk has been involved in HIV activism, research and prevention since 1988 and has provided hospice, nursing and medical care for persons living with HIV and AIDS for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in the development of the AHN Positive Health Clinic. The clinic is a Ryan White Care Act/HRSA funded medical clinic for persons with HIV, providing comprehensive, primary care to HIV-positive persons. As Director of the Center for Inclusion Health, Fisk oversees one of the nation’s first programs of its kind focused on meeting the health care needs of the socially marginalized and vulnerable populations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, a Master of Nursing from San Francisco State University and earned certification as a nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh.

“Jackie and Stuart are two of the region’s finest examples of individuals who have selflessly dedicated their lives to caring for others,” said Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse Executive at AHN. “On behalf of the many patients whose lives have been touched by their care, and their many colleagues who they have inspired over the years, I congratulate Jackie and Stuart on this most deserved recognition and thank them for their outstanding service.”   

AHN nurses who received honorable mention include Cynthia Mueller, BSN, RNC, Supervisor, Neonatal ICU and Transport Team, West Penn Hospital; and Anna Vioral, PhD, MEd, RN, OCN®, BMTCN ®, Director of Oncology Practice and Professional Development, AHN Cancer Institute.  

According to Pittsburgh Magazine, the Excellence in Nursing Awards honor the often unsung local heroes of the western Pennsylvania medical community. A panel of regional nursing leaders, educators and administrators evaluated nominations and selected individuals whose careers and accomplishments reflect the extraordinary work being done within the field of nursing.

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