18 Inova Nurses Selected as 2020 Star Nurses Finalists by Washington Post

Falls Church, VA – Among tens of thousands of registered nurses working in the Washington, DC metro area, 18 extraordinary nurses from Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Children’s Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital have been  selected as 2020 Star Nurses Finalists. This new award program is co-sponsored by The Washington Post and the American Nurses Association (ANA). It honors nurses who were nominated by patients and peers as among the very best in the Washington region.

The Star Nurses program was established to recognize nurses from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their organization, the lives of their patients or their community. More than 600 nurses were nominated and 91 were named as finalists. Six winners will be announced on Sept. 1, at the first-ever “Nightingale Award” event.

“These nursing professionals work on the front lines of healthcare, and represent the epitome of skill, professionalism, compassion and they are experts in the field,” said Maureen Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive, Inova. “I am proud beyond description of these amazing professionals and often think about that special characteristic that separates great nurses from the best nurses. Inova is proud to have so many of the best.”

Congratulations to the Inova finalists:

Inova Alexandria Hospital

  • Jennypher Dichoso
  • Florina (Nina) Reynoso-Ray
  • Sarah Rose
  • Zachary Wotherspoon

Inova Children’s Hospital

  • Krista Introcaso

Inova Loudoun Hospital

  • Erin Brand
  • Pamela Kravatz

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

  • Shilvone Bryson
  • Jane Candelaria
  • Courtney Elliott
  • Michele Gaines
  • Kara Johnson
  • Zaid Kelib-Kidane
  • Rebekah Miller
  • Cardina Ross
  • Mary Teale
  • Lindsay Wells
  • Leslie Woodward

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About Inova                    

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,800 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.


  1. Kristie Bannister on July 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Congratulations from Annandale OBGYN!!

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