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Valley Hospital Nurse named “Nurse of the Year” Finalist in 2013 Healthcare Hero Awards


April 29, 2013 -- The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that Anne Brennecke, R.N., Manager of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Center, has been named a “Nurse of the Year” finalist in the 2013 Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by business publication NJBIZ.  The Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. 

The Nurse of the Year Award honors an individual from nursing whose job performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Anne Brennecke, R.N. was nominated for the award by a group of Valley’s nursing leadership in recognition of her outstanding achievements at Valley and the contributions she has made to providing quality care to patients at the Valley Hospital and within the Wound Ostomy and Continence Center.

Throughout her years at Valley, Mrs. Brenncke has developed and implemented significant programs in enhancing patient care and safety, and developing nationally recognized best practices in for wound care and prevention. Anne Brennecke has been a nurse at Valley for almost 30 years, and has been influential at Valley as an advocate, mentor, and leader throughout her career.

"Anne is a respected staff member at Valley and is consulted for her expertise by nurses, physicians, and administration,” says Ann Marie Leichman, Chief Nursing Officer at The Valley Hospital. “She is considered a Healthcare Hero among her peers as well as her patients for her sincere dedication, compassion, and focus on providing the best quality care to enhance each patient’s quality of life." 

Finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Dean Paranicas, Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; Pat Barnett, RN, JD, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and The Institute for Nursing; Wardell Sanders, New Jersey Association of Health Plans; Sonia Delgado, Princeton Public Affairs Agency; and Claudine M. Leone, Esq., Government Affairs Consultant.

The Healthcare Heroes awards finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 18, 2013 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.

For more information about the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program, please visit

Caption: Anne Brennecke, R.N., Manager of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Center at The Valley Hospital, has been named a “Nurse of the Year” finalist in the 2013 Healthcare Heroes Awards."

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