Five Presbyterian Nurses Receive New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards
News Release: November 19, 2010
New Mexico’s nurses were recently honored at the 2010 Nursing Excellence Awards hosted by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence. Nurses from all over the state were recognized in 21 different categories.
More than 200 nominations were submitted for this year’s Nursing Excellence Awards, including 28 nominees from Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Nominations are submitted by peers and members of the community.
The five Presbyterian nurses who received awards are Thecla Johnson-Garcia, RN, Jane Bergquist, RN, Eric Quintana, RN, Twila Randolph, RN, and Cheryl Warren, RN.
Bergquist, recipient of the Excellence in Community Service award, is a clinical project coordinator at Presbyterian. Bergquist helped start a sports camp for children in wheelchairs in honor of her daughter, Muthu Emily, who suffered from spinal bifida. The camp began in 2000 with 11 campers and has grown to 43 in 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO.
Johnson-Garcia, recipient of the Excellence in Case/Quality Management/Managed Care/Informatics award, is a quality manager for Presbyterian. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix and will graduate from the University of New Mexico with her master’s degree in nursing this December. She is certified as a green belt in Lean Six Sigma methodology for process improvement.
Quintana, recipient of the Excellence in Emergency Nursing award, is an educational resources nurse for the Presbyterian Rio Rancho emergency department. He is board certified in emergency nursing and in gerontology. He is a board certified nurse executive, a certified wound care nurse and a certified registered nurse infusion. Quintana earned his associate’s degree in nursing from the Central New Mexico Community College and his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is working on completing his pre-medical requirements with anticipation of applying to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2012.
Randolph, recipient of the Excellence in Nurse Management/Emerging Leadership award, is the manager of Presbyterian’s Mother, Baby and Women’s surgical units. The Farmington native earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a master’s degree of nursing with an emphasis in education. Randolph is a long time member of AWHONN, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses.
Warren, recipient of the Excellence in Home Health and Hospice Nursing award, is a certified wound ostomy care nurse. She works for Española Hospital’s Home Care where she travels to patient homes to help them with any problems they may have. Warren received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico. She has been a nurse for 43 years.