Awards & Recognition


(From left) Julie Creaden, APRN, Senior Director of the Center for Advanced Practice, with the most recent APP of the Year recipient, Liz Hoppe, MSN, RN, APRN/CPNP.

APRN Exemplar Award

Our hospital-wide Nursing Reward, Recognition, and Retention Committee present and annual award for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Exemplar. The APRN Exemplar award is presented to a nurse practitioner who possesses advanced knowledge and expertise in the care of children. The APRN Exemplar demonstrates strong collaborative and decision-making ability. This person is someone identified by his or her colleagues as an expert clinician, patient and family advocate, and a leader.

APP of the Year

Every year during APP Week, staff, patients, and families vote for the APP of the year. The recipient of this honor has a plaque posted on our APP wall of fame for all to see. This year, Liz Hoppe, MSN, RN, APRN/CPNP from our PICU won the vote!  Liz functions as a preceptor and also is involved with education of the PICU RNs as well as the Critical Assessment Team. Her Manager says, “Liz is an excellent clinician and teammate. She is ready and willing to help anyone, no matter how big or small the task. The pediatric critical care team and families we serve appreciate her incredible skills and compassion.” Thank you Liz!

APP Highlighted on our External Website

Quarterly an APRN or PA is chosen to be highlighted on our APP external webpage. Candidates for this honor include our APRN Exemplar, APP of the Year, and other high-achieving advanced practice providers. The feature highlights the professional accomplishments of the provider as well any outside activities such as mission trips or other forms of volunteerism.