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For Immediate Release May 12, 2016

Cathy Weber, Emergency Department manager at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, was recently recognized as Emergency Nurse of the Year by the American College of Emergency Physicians, Maryland Chapter (MD ACEP). Presented by William Jaquis, MD FAECP, on April 8 at the Maryland ACEP conference in Baltimore, the award recognized Weber as a “leader who serves to motivate, inspire and challenge her team while promoting others to maximize their strengths and look at weaknesses as opportunities to grow.”

Weber served as the sole emergency nurse when the Emergency Department at UM SMC at Dorchester was first opened and has remained there for more than three decades, now serving as nurse manager for the department. She also is a longstanding member of the Eastern Shore Chapter of Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), having serving in multiple offices of the organization and as an active member of the ENA Leadership Special Interest Group.

MD ACEP reaches out to the leadership of the Maryland ENA each year to select the MD ACEP Nurse of the Year. Weber's nomination was submitted by her nursing colleagues, Renee Edsall and Ashely Baynard, who had gathered input from many members of the nursing and medical staffs at UM Shore Emergency Center at Dorchester.

In their nomination, Edsall and Baynard noted that Weber has promoted professional and personal development for her colleagues, advanced the practice of emergency nursing at the hospital and facilitated multiple renovations and enhancements to the department, including the incorporation of new technologies. "Cathy is the face of emergency nursing in Dorchester County and we cannot think of anyone more worthy of this award," they wrote.

Cathy Weber, nurse manager for the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Dochester, receiving her Emergency Nurse of the Year Award award from William Jaquis, MD FAECP, president of the Maryland chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians.