News & Events

Susanne Meninger, RN, MS recognized by March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year


Tufts Children's Hospital had nine finalists, more than any other hospital in the state, for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards. The finalists were nominated for these awards by members of the community, patients who received care from them and by their colleagues.

Susanne Meninger was the Massachusetts winner of the annual March of Dimes Heart Award for the compassion she brings to her nursing practice and care for patients and their families.

Our 9 finalists were:

Londa Dugan, RN,  BSN – Labor and Delivery 
“Londa makes a connection with every patient she touches. She gently walks into their lives – she sees beyond the technical care and sees the whole person. Londa always gives everything she has to every patient.”

Pamela Hallahan, RN, BSN – NICU 
“8 years ago when my baby was in the NICU, I remember her telling us that although our baby was very sick now she will get better and we would be home soon. Her reassurance was a huge help when everything the doctors thought wasn’t going to happen did.” 

Linda Mazzola, RN, BSN – Pediatric Nephrology 
“Linda has a warm and amiable personality, which provides the comfort and compassion that allows every patient to feel that all their concerns and needs are of the upmost importance to all in our practice. Linda is the consummate nurse, and provides the foundation for our ongoing success.”

Mary McCourt, RN – NICU Clinical Leader 
“Mary’s focus is family/patient centered care. Mary’s passion is supporting families throughout the NICU stay especially end of life support. She frequently supports the LDR staff following an unexpected fetal demise.”

Susanne Meninger, RN, MS – Tufts Children's 7 Clinical Leader 
“Susanne has demonstrated the power to be the change. The quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” and “a man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes” are two that identify her personality.”

Deidre Morton, RN, MSN – NICU 
“Deidre is a very active participant in our unit. She is on committees, frequently is in charge, is on the transport team, and often goes to deliveries. She is calm, approachable, very knowledgeable. She enjoys teaching new staff including new physicians about our practices. She is an asset to our unit for many reasons, especially her versatility.”

Lisa Robinson, RN – NICU 
“Lisa is definitely a team player. Her caring attitude encompasses her colleagues. She does it all: charge, transport and deliveries. She is quick to lend a hand, offer support, whatever is needed. A calming force in stressful situation, one can always count on Lisa to handle the situation professionally.” 

Kerin Romano, RN – Mother infant unit (MIU) 
“Keri starts every day with a smile and comes to work with energy and enthusiasm for her job. O matter what her assignment, what challenges may lay ahead for the 8 or 12 hours of her shift, Keri just sees problems as opportunities. “

Mary Ellen Smith, RN, BSN – Labor and Delivery 
“She is present with her patient in labor – coaches them, makes them know that they will be ok. Moms are scared but with Mary Ellen at their side, they have a true sense of hope, believe that anything is possible and that this angel will guide them.”