Baltimore magazine's "Excellence in Nursing" issue celebrates two MWPH nurses

For immediate release: April 20, 2017


Andy Wayne

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BALTIMORE, MD (April 20) – Two nurses at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) were honored by Baltimore magazine at the “Excellence in Nursing” awards event last night. Emily Retz, MS, RN-BC was recognized in the pediatric neonatal category and Michele Cootauco, BSN was recognized in the pediatric non-neonatal category.  The nurses were among 50 who were honored for extraordinary contributions to healthcare in the region.

“Our patients are very fortunate to have nurses like Ms. Retz and Ms. Cootauco along with the rest of our nursing team to provide excellent and compassionate care each and every day,” said Sheldon Stein, president and CEO at the hospital. 

Over nine months Baltimore magazine collected hundreds of nurse nominations; of those, 50 were chosen in 19 nursing specialties as tops in the region. The nurses were celebrated at a dinner reception at the Belvedere Hotel and are featured in Baltimore magazine’s May issue. Nurse Manager, Colleen Neidig served as a member of the advisory committee.

Emily Retz was honored to be selected and commented, “As the co-chair of the Parent Education Taskforce at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, it is amazing to see the progression that parents make through their stay with us. Watching that journey is one of the most rewarding parts of this job.” Nurse Manager, Chrissie Heimer added, “Emily formed MWPH's interdisciplinary committee that focuses on caregiver training. She is responsible for streamlining resources and improving the training our families receive prior to transitioning home. This has been valuable to patients, caregivers and staff.”

Dr. Richard Katz, Chief Medical Officer at MWPH, said of Michele: “Michele Cootauco is a highly trained, compassionate, dedicated nurse practitioner. She communicates effectively with our patients, their families and our staff and always places her professional responsibilities first. She learned the skills of being a highly effective practitioner without forgetting about her original nursing skills of empathy, flexibility, attention to detail and respect of her patients and colleagues.”

“Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital offers an incredibly supportive environment where I have the chance to challenge myself, grow professionally and provide great care to our feeding kids,” added honoree, Michele Cootauco. “Our team's excellent communication and genuine love for the kids is evident in the care that each child receives.”

Read more about how nurses were selected and see a list of all winners.