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News Room: Press Releases

Three Virtua nurses receive state honor

Three Virtua Health nurses were honored recently with 2008 New Jersey Governor's Nursing Merit Awards. Only 13 nurses across the state were chosen, and more were recognized from Virtua than from any other hospital system in the state.

The nurses were honored earlier this month at a dinner and awards ceremony in Princeton, NJ.

The Virtua recipients are:

  • Susan S. Spinner, MSN, in the Nurse Researcher category: Proficient category. Spinner, of Haddonfield, is director of the Children's Program of Excellence at Virtua and has written and has lectured extensively on neonatal care.
  • Christine M. Arroliga, RN, CDE, SMC, in Registered Professional Nurse category: Community Health category. Arroliga, of Cherry Hill, is manager of FitSmart in the Virtua Health Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, where she assisted in development of core curriculum for nutrition, emotional eating and stress management content.
  • Jessica M. Aston, LPN, in the LPN Non-Acute Care category. Aston, of Sicklerville, is the charge nurse for the 3 to 11 p.m. shift in the long-term care unit at Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center at Berlin.

The award honors individuals who demonstrate excellence in nursing and showcases the vital contribution of the profession in the Garden State. It recognizes the unique blend of science and human compassion that's required of nurses.

"It's a great honor for our nurses to be acknowledged for the incredible work they do every day," said Ann Campbell, Virtua's chief nursing officer. "It's a very prestigious award that's offered only to a select few in the state of New Jersey."

Hospitals from across the state selected nurses to submit applications for the award in 13 categories of expertise. Based on feedback from Virtua administrators, nursing directors and managers, 21 Virtua nurses were nominated. Applications included descriptions of certifications, accomplishments, real-life nursing issues and outcomes as well as how coworkers and patients were influenced. Recipients were selected by the state Department of Health and Senior Services' award advisory committee.

"The application is a dozen pages including information on everything from patient involvement to education to areas of responsibility," said Lucia Kamm-Steigelman, Virtua's Director of Clinical Education and Research. "We're really excited about the honors."
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or