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Allegheny Health Network Nurse Named Honoree in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2017 ‘Excellence in Nursing’ Awards

Thursday, November 30, 2017

PITTSBURGH – Karen Ricci, RN, has received top honor in the community category of Pittsburgh Magazine’s second annual “Excellence in Nursing” awards. This award recognizes Ricci’s work as a registered nurse hospice case manager with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Healthcare@Home. Honorable mentions were bestowed upon two other AHN nurses as part of the awards program featured in the magazine’s December issue.

Ricci earned her RN diploma from St. Francis Medical Center Professional School of Nursing. Her career began in bedside nursing, before taking roles in health insurance utilization management and case management, and in clinical systems technology. It was when she met a hospice nurse that she was inspired to change the course of her career and enrolled in continuing education classes for hospice and palliative care.

In her role as a hospice case manager, she provides comfort and compassionate care to those facing end of life by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the whole person and their loved ones. Ricci’s colleagues describe her as a leader who goes above and beyond for her patients in their time of great need.

“Karen’s commitment to her patients and the selfless approach she takes in caring for them is beyond admirable. As a hospice nurse, she provides exceptional clinical care, comfort and friendship to patients and their families during what can be a particularly difficult time,” said Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse Executive at AHN. “We congratulate Karen and all of the AHN nurses recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine, and thank them for their outstanding service to our patients.”

AHN nurses who received honorable mention include Cynthia Mueller, BSN, RNC, Supervisor, Neonatal ICU and Transport Team, West Penn Hospital; and Tammi Lining, RN, BSN, Manager, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Allegheny General Hospital.

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.