OB/GYN Physicians Support Nursing Staff

Nazzi Khodahami, Mark Neerhof, DO, Corinne Guerrero,
Diane Herrmann, Silvia Seitan and Viki Ivezic

The physicians in NorthShore's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology enjoy a very special collaborative relationship with the women’s health nurses at Evanston and Highland Park Hospitals. Each year, they demonstrate their gratitude for the nurses’ hard work and professionalism by hosting a breakfast celebration at both campuses.

This time around, the physicians baked coffee cakes to show their appreciation. They were also offered the opportunity to make monetary contributions to the Nancy T. Semerdjian Nursing Excellence Fund, which would benefit nurses directly. 

More than 50 physicians made donations, enabling the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to reach their goal of $10,000.

Richard Silver, MD, Department Chairman and NorthShore's Chief Academic Officer, said, “Our physicians are extremely grateful for the tireless commitment the nurses demonstrate to the women and families we care for. It was very important to me that my colleagues had a tangible opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation. I am so pleased that we experienced such a high level of physician participation.”

Nursing leadership intends to apply for continuing education funding to advance nursing professional development, such as breastfeeding certification in the obstetric units. Ann Newkirk, RN, Clinical Director for Nursing at NorthShore Evanston Hospital, said, “Our nursing staff appreciates both the demonstration of support from the physicians and the opportunity to advance their professional skills for the benefit of the patients we're privileged to serve.”

The Nancy T. Semerdjian Nursing Excellence Fund supports ongoing professional development, provides seed money for nursing research and helps make specialty certification programs possible. The fund is named in honor of NorthShore’s retired Chief Nursing Officer, Nancy Semerdjian, who remains a passionate advocate for excellence and advancement in nursing.

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