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Tufts Medical Center Nurse Wins Prestigious National Nursing Excellence Award


Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN, who donated a kidney to a Virginia pastor last year, is one of six winners of award honoring nursing excellence


Boston, Mass (September 12, 2014) – Tufts Medical Center announced today that Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN, a nurse in Tufts MC’s Division of Nephrology, has been named one of six national winners of the highly-competitive “Giving Excellence Meaning” (GEM) Award.’s Nursing Excellence Awards program honors outstanding nurses in regions across the country.  Mitchell-Dozier, who won the nursing excellence GEM Award in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category, was chosen from thousands of nominations from nine regions across the country.


A nephrology nurse at Tufts MC for more than nine years, Mitchell-Dozier works with patients battling end stage kidney disease and post kidney transplant patients. She also helps patients as they transition to dialysis. Last year, she received recognition for her selflessness in donating a kidney to a Virginia pastor.


“We are incredibly proud of Debbie and thrilled about this prestigious award,” said Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Tufts Medical Center. “Our mission at Tufts Medical Center is excellence in patient care, and Debbie has been a true role model, going above and beyond her professional responsibilities, to achieve a remarkable and long-lasting impact on people’s lives.”


Mitchell-Dozier has a strong personal connection to kidney disease. Her father lost his battle with renal disease at age 48 and her brother underwent two kidney transplants before ultimately passing away earlier this year. 


“Kidney disease has had a profound impact on my family and in my work at Tufts Medical Center,” said Mitchell-Dozier.  “I’ve noticed that many patients are hesitant to share their stories. I hope my own story will encourage more patients to talk about their disease and ask for help. I am truly humbled by this award, which is a great honor, and I would like to thank all of my colleagues at Tufts Medical Center for their unwavering support.”


In 2012, Mitchell-Dozier met a Virginia pastor who came to Boston to deliver a series of guest speeches at her church. At the end of the sermon, the pastor revealed that he had been diagnosed with kidney failure and was in dire need of a new kidney after suffering severe complications from the disease. Touched by the story and wanting to help, Mitchell-Dozier worked with him to make the kidney donation a reality. She spent a year undergoing organ recipient preparation and flew to Virginia to have the procedure.  The two still keep in touch and the pastor is doing remarkably well following the transplant last year.


Mitchell-Dozier is Tufts Medical Center’s first national winner of a GEM Award.

Originally from Northeast Louisiana, Mitchell-Dozier now resides in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  She has been a nurse for more than 19 years and recently retired with honors from the military, where she served as a nurse instructor in the US Army Reserves.


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