EvergreenHealth Nurses Receive March of Dimes 2017 Nurse of the Year Award - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to announce that James Johnson, RN, and Amber Weiseth, RN, former EvergreenHealth nurse, received March of Dimes 2017 Nurse of the Year awards in honor of their exceptional work caring for patients and families with high-quality and compassionate care.

Each year, patients, physicians, and community members nominate deserving nurses across several categories within clinical care, education, research and other areas. Johnson was recognized in March of Dimes’ Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care award category and Weiseth was recognized in the Surgical/Procedural category. The Nurse of the Year designation recognizes and honors both providers for their outstanding contributions and consistently going above and beyond to deliver an unmatched patient experience.

“We congratulate James and Amber on their well-deserved honor, which serves as another example of the unwavering dedication of our nurses, providers, staff and volunteers to delivering unparalleled, compassionate care to our patients and families,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “We’re grateful their contributions have been recognized by March of Dimes.”

Johnson works throughout King and Snohomish Counties in EvergreenHealth Hospice, Home Health and Palliative Care, and received the Nurse of the Year award for his exemplary work in inpatient and outpatient hospice care settings. Johnson has been part of the EvergreenHealth care team for three years, and is experienced in interacting and coordinating hospice patient care among an interdisciplinary team of nurses and physicians. His work is guided by a special focus on the emotional well-being of his patients and their families, particularly related to the hospice experience.

Weiseth was recognized for her contributions in perioperative, preoperative, PACU, day surgery, operating room and endoscopy care. Last year, Weiseth received the EvergreenHealth Nursing Excellence Award in the Clinical Practice category for her commitment to comprehensive care standards and individualized, evidence-based care approach to caring for patients as a nurse in the EvergreenHealth Family Maternity Center. She now works at the Washington State Hospital Association as assistant director, maternal-infant health initiatives, patient safety.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state and celebrating the profession. The talented nurses were honored and celebrated for their Nurse of the Year achievements on November 17 at the Washington State Convention Center.

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To learn more about EvergreenHealth, visit or call the 24/7 Nurse Navigator & Healthline at 425.899.3300.


About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 12 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit

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