Published on April 26, 2021

For Immediate Release

Maryanne Boster
Director of Corporate Communications
Virginia Hospital Center

Five Virginia Hospital Center Nurses Honored with Washingtonian Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards

Arlington VA: April 26, 2021— Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, is proud to announce that five members of the nursing team were selected by Washingtonian Magazine to receive Excellence in Nursing Awards. Throughout the pandemic, nurses served on the frontlines caring for patients and this award honors their efforts to go above and beyond every day for their patients and colleagues.

“The strength and resilience our entire staff have displayed over the last year has been truly remarkable,” said James B. Cole, President and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center. “This award recognizes the hard work of not only these incredible nurses, but the entire VHC team.”

The five Virginia Hospital Center nurses are included in a group of 50 exceptional nurses selected from hundreds of nominations. The VHC employees who have been named 2021 Exceptional Nurses are:
Meghan Bozzelli, BSN, RN, CEN, Patient Care Director, Emergency Department

  • Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
  • Loan Nguyen, BSN, RN, Medical Stroke Unit
  • Sally Parris, MSN, RN, COHN, Director of Occupational Health
  • Lorraine Waltz, BSN, RN, OCN, Patient Care Director, Oncology 

“It is an honor to be selected for this award as a representative of VHC’s stellar nursing community,” said Melody Dickerson. “Our nurses put their patients first, connecting with them in a way that is indescribable. I’m proud to lead and be a part of this exceptional team of patient care professionals.”

Virginia Hospital Center and its team of dedicated nurses played a critical role in the region’s COVID-19 pandemic response, launching the area’s first drive-through COVID sample collection site, participating in clinical trials, and providing some of the community’s most at risk populations with access to the COVID vaccine.