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Release Date: 11/12/2015

Four certified nurse midwives (CNMs) at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island were honored with the Clinical Star Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Foundation. The Award is given in honor of midwives in clinical practice for 25 or more years who have demonstrated excellence in clinical practice and positive mentoring in the profession.

Diane Angelini, CNM, EdD, FACNM, FAAN (retired); Debra Erickson-Owens, CNM, PhD, of North Kingstown; Judith Mercer, CNM, PhD, FACNM, of Cranston; and Linda Nanni, CNM, MS, FACNM, of Wesport, MA, were honored during National Midwifery Week at Women & Infants Hospital.

“It’s providers like Diane, Deb, Judy and Linda who dedicate so much of their professional lives to nursing excellence that make Women & Infants the model in midwifery and all nursing disciplines when it comes to the care of women and newborns,” said Angelleen Peters-Lewis, RN, PhD, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient services at Women & Infants Hospital.

The award winners will be recognized nationally in May 2016 at the Nurse-Midwifery Annual Meeting.

About ACNM
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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