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SE13-Provide one example, with supporting evidence, of the organization’s recognition of an interprofessional group (inclusive of nursing) for their contribution(s) in influencing the clinical care of patients.   


As a designated Planetree organization, Stamford Health has created a culture that engages staff as well as patients, families, and the community to improve overall health and well-being. Hospital leaders publicly recognize individuals and interprofessional teams for their outstanding work in improving patient care. 

Stamford Health Team Excellence Award


Interprofessional colleagues at Stamford Health have an excellent reputation for their collaborative work on numerous quality improvement projects, design teams, patient experience activities, and population health initiatives.  Stamford Health nurse leaders sought a way to formally recognize interprofessional teams who have made substantial improvements in clinical care of patients.  

The Stamford Health Team Excellence Award 

In early 2019, Ellen Komar, CNO and the nursing team agreed to establish a new award to recognize interprofessional teams within the organization for excellent performance in improving patient care.  The new award would add to the list of several awards granted during Nurses Week celebrations each year. The Stamford Health Team Excellence Award call for nominations was officially announced and the deadline for nominations was April 22, 2019.  Employees and providers across the organization were encouraged to submit nominations for the Team Excellence Award. 

Team Excellence Award Criteria

The purpose of the Team Excellence Award is to recognize interprofessional groups including nurses who have demonstrated exemplary skills, talents, expertise and commitment in supporting healing and wellness for patients, families, and colleagues. The Nurses Week Nominations Committee developed criteria for the new award. Nominations were expected to include a specific example of at least one of the following: 

  • Demonstrates an outstanding commitment to mentoring, developing, and supporting staff/colleagues.
  • Exhibits leadership and innovation in improving patient safety and/or the patient experience.
  • Demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in the area of advocacy for the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrates excellence in practice as depicted in our Nursing Professional Practice Model.

Nomination Process

The Nurses Week Nominations Committee shared information about the new award across the organization and circulated the Team Excellence Nomination form.

Selection Process

The Nurses Week Nominating Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for all awards to be granted during Nurses Week celebrations.  Their decision was to grant the Team Excellence award to the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program. The award was presented by Ellen Komar, CNO to the team during the Nurses Week award ceremony. 

The 2019 Team Excellence Award

The Diabetes in Pregnancy Program was among several nominations submitted for the first Stamford Health Team Excellence Award. The nomination outlined the significant contributions made by the team to improve care of pregnant women with diabetes. 

As the number of women with gestational diabetes has increased in Stamford Hospital’s Diabetes Education program, the complexities in the management of these patients has increased.  Barbara Nadolny, BSN, RN, CDE championed the call for an interprofessional team to address gaps in the care of these women. The program consists of a comprehensive diabetes education program specifically addressing the needs of women who are pregnant with gestational type 2 or type 1 diabetes. 

Among the team’s accomplishments noted on the nomination were:

  • Creation of a care path algorithm for patients with gestational diabetes with input from all disciplines, including Nursing, Endocrinology, and OB/GYN.  
  • An initial assessment, risk screening, dietary and emotional support, medical management /post-partum surveillance
  • Design of a form and process to expedite referrals to the program
  • Development of an electronic process for sending blood sugar results to for both Endocrinology and Maternal Fetal Medicine via email
  • Collaboration with nurses from Maternal Fetal Medicine to develop educational materials to use with patients.  
  • Provided in-service education around the standards of care for treatment and education for women with gestational diabetes.  

The program was in full operation by June 2018.  In its first six months, 120 women had gone through the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program. The interprofessional team continues to monitor improved outcomes, with increasing numbers of diabetic women in the program able to achieve and maintain normal glucose levels during their pregnancies.  

The Team Excellence award was granted by Ellen Komar, CNO to the interprofessional Diabetes in Pregnancy Program team during Nurse’s Week awards celebration on May 9, 2019.  The team was further recognized by the organization in Newsline on May 17, 2019.


Diabetes in Pregnancy Interdisciplinary Team






Barbara Nadolny, BSN, RN, CDE



Diabetes Education

Jill Ely, MSN, FNP-BC, CDE


Nurse Educator

Diabetes Education

Ann Rupp, MSN, RN, CDE


Nurse Educator 

Diabetes Education

Gavin Pritchard, RD, CDE



Food and Nutrition

Scott Chudnoff, MD


Chair of OB/GYN

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Paul Bobby, MD



Maternal Fetal Medicine

Tracy Shevell 



Fetal Ultrasound

Bismruta Misra, MD


Medical Director


Kathleen Livolsi, RN


Director, Clinical Operations 

Maternal Child Health

Barbara Carr 


Service Line Director

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Nicole Holliday 


Practice Administrator

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Supporting Evidence 


Nomination Letter: Diabetes in Pregnancy Program 


Team Excellence Award Criteria and Nomination Form; Call for Nominations Flyer


Nurses Week 2019 Award Ceremony Flyer 


Newsline Article announcing award winners and Talking Points from Ellen Komar (CNO) announcing award winners


Copy of Certificate awarded to the team