6 Henry Ford Health System Nurses Earn Prestigious Nightingale Honor for Nursing Excellence

September 7, 2021
Nightingale nursing award

They are honored in six of 12 award categories

DETROIT (Sept. 7, 2021) – Six Henry Ford Health System registered nurses are recipients of the prestigious Nightingale Award for their nursing excellence and expertise from Oakland University’s School of Nursing. A seventh Henry Ford nurse was an Award runner-up.

Four nurses at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and two nurses at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township were honored in six of the 12 Award categories. Among them was Gwen Gnam, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services at Henry Ford Hospital, who received the Executive Administration Award. 

Nominees were nominated by their peers, supervisors, and patients in recognition for their superior nursing expertise.

“I am incredibly proud of each of our nurses who were recognized as part of the Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence, and grateful to have been honored with this year’s Executive Administration Award,” Gnam said. “Each year, these awards from the Oakland University School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors honor the continuous advancement of our professional field and the outstanding nurses who help make that advancement possible.”

Recognized with a Nightingale Award are:

  • Sharron Alejandria, R.N., Unit Educator, Interventional Radiology, Henry Ford Hospital
    • Post-Acute Care & Specialty Nursing Award

  • Irina Ghinescu, N.P., Nurse Practitioner at Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
    • People’s Choice Award

  • Gwen Gnam, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Henry Ford Hospital
    • Executive Administration Award

  • Cheryl Larry-Osman, R.N., DNP, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Henry Ford Hospital
    • Excellence in Research Award

  • Kelly Schroeder, R.N., Registered Nurse Lead, Commons Monoclonal Antibody Clinic, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
    • COVID Hero-Staff Nurse Award

  • Michelle Turmell, R.N., Unit Educator MICU Pod 2, Henry Ford Hospital
    • Excellence in Staff Nurse Award

  • Patricia Danieleski-Grabowski, R.N., Transfer Nurse in Admission and Transfer Management, Henry Ford Hospital
    • Runner-up, People’s Choice Award

The Nightingale Awards were held Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Oakland University’s campus in Rochester Hills. Each of the 12 Nightingale Award winners received a monetary prize, a solid bronze statue of Florence Nightingale, and a Nightingale ceremonial pin. All runners-up were honored on stage as well, and received a commemorative plaque. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Adkins / (586) 307-2027 / [email protected]


About Henry Ford Health System
Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare and healing. Henry Ford Health System includes Henry Ford Medical Group, with more than 1,900 physicians and researchers practicing in more than 50 specialties at locations throughout Southeast and Central Michigan. Acute care hospitals include Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI – both Magnet® hospitals; Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

The largest of these is Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a quaternary care research and teaching hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center recognized for clinical excellence in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, and multi-organ transplants. The health system also provides comprehensive, best-in-class care for cancer at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, and orthopedics and sports medicine at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine – both in Detroit.

As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Henry Ford Health System annually trains more than 3,000 medical students, residents, and fellows in more than 50 accredited programs, and has trained nearly 40% of the state’s physicians. Our dedication to education and research is supported by nearly $100 million in annual grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.

Henry Ford’s not-for-profit health plan, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), provides health coverage for more than 540,000 people.

Henry Ford Health System employs more than 33,000 people, including more than 1,600 physicians, more than 6,600 nurses and 5,000 allied health professionals.


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