For Immediate Release May 23, 2022

Robin Ford stands among leadership and peers holding her Nurse of the Year plaque. Everyone is wearing masks.

Shown at the UM Shore Regional Health Nurse of the Year Award presentation are Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM SRH; Roberta Lilly, MD, Director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center; Jenny Bowie, Chief Nursing Officer; Nurse of the Year Robin Ford, Nurse Navigator at the Breast Center; Jeanie Scott, Director of Oncology Services; and Brittany Krautheim, CRNP at the Breast Center.

Robin Ford, MSN, RN, Nurse Navigator at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, has been named SRH’s Nurse of the Year.  Ford, a resident of Easton, was chosen from among more than 25 nominations.

Nominated by Roberta Lilly, MD, FACS, Director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, Ford was chosen by the SRH Nurse Executive Committee as the winner for this prestigious annual award that recognizes nursing excellence achieved through leadership, professionalism, commitment to others, and commitment to patient experience.

In her nomination, Dr. Lilly wrote, “In her role as a Nurse Navigator, Robin brings SRH Heart behaviors with her to work every day. In countless ways, Robin helps to solve problems and improve patient experience. She goes out of her way to treat her team members and every patient with kindness and respect. I am so grateful to have Robin as part of my team.”

As a breast cancer nurse navigator, Ford provides individualized guidance and support to patients, families and caregivers throughout treatment, from screening through survivorship. Last year, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center provided breast care to more than 3,100 patients, diagnosing more than 135 new cases of breast cancer. 

“Receiving the Nurse of the Year award is such an honor and I am humbled to have been selected,” said Ford. “No nurse works alone and I have been privileged to be part of wonderful teams providing excellent care. I am thankful to have such wonderful colleagues and mentors beside me on this journey. And I am grateful to care for each of our patients - they truly are a blessing and joy to me each day.”

Ford began her career at SRH as a labor and delivery nurse at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, served for 26 years as a radiation oncology nurse at Requard Radiation Oncology Center, and has been in her current role of nurse navigator for three years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University, her Master of Science from University of Maryland School of Nursing, and is a certified oncology nurse (OCN).

Also honored as nominees for the award were the following nurses:

  • Shannon Benson, RN – The Birthing Center
  • Cassandra Bilbrough, MSN – Acute Care, Chestertown
  • Kelsey Brooks, MSN – Informatics and Emergency Department, Easton
  • Ashley Burl, RN – 2 East, Easton
  • Alyssa Chadwick, BSN – Transitional Nurse Navigator
  • Melanie Chow, BSN, Emergency Department, Cambridge
  • Chelsea Compton, BSN – Shore Behavioral Health
  • Katie Davis, BSN – Chester River Home Care
  • Kaitlyn Davis, RN – Telemetry, Easton
  • Stacy Dion, BSN – Same Day Surgery, Easton
  • John Durcho, MSN – Emergency Department, Easton
  • Aymee Gonzalez, BSN – The Birthing Center
  • Radine Haynes, BSN – Emergency Department, Chestertown
  • Casey Henckel, RN – Emergency Department, Easton
  • Ashley Higgs, BSN – 2 East, Easton
  • Annie Hoffman, RN – Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation
  • Eden Kinser, BSN – Emergency Department, Chestertown
  • Chris Matulay, MSN – Professional Nursing Practice
  • Christina North, RN– 2 East, Easton
  • Ashley Robinson, BSN – SMG – Women’s Health
  • Lee Rosendale, BSN – Shore Home Care
  • Ashley Schreppel, BSN – Telemetry, Easton
  • Cindy Simmons, RN – Emergency Department, Chestertown
  • Abigail Smith, RN – Emergency Department, Easton
  • Megan Stubbs, BSN – Emergency Department, Cambridge
  • Traci Tull, BSN – Emergency Department, Cambridge
  • April Venables, BSN – Emergency Department, Easton