NEWTON, NJ – The March of Dimes New Jersey chapter is pleased to announce that Randolph Parks from Newton Medical Center in Newton, New Jersey received the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Nurse Champion category.

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service.  Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of New Jersey’s mothers and babies. Nurse of the Year Awards celebrate the nursing profession and creates awareness of the recent strides made in this growing field.

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Rev. Randolph Parks, Manager of Pastoral Care and Chaplain at Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed for healthcare chaplaincy through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is an important part of the Palliative Care Team at Newton Medical Center,  working with the charge nurses, nurse managers and staff nurses on patient care in this area.

“We could not do the work of the March of Dimes without the passion and commitment of our nurses.  This is our opportunity to show them how special they truly are,” said Addy Bonet, State Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in approximately 17 award categories.  More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide, including 240 in our area. New Jersey award recipients were announced at a special awards gala held on December 12, 2013 at Pines Manor in Edison, which had a record attendance of almost 400 people.  At the event there were over 120 finalists which represented 40 hospitals and healthcare facilities. The Nurse of the Year Awards was sponsored by Investors Bank