Mount Desert Island Hospital announced the four winners of its 2020 Ursula E.J. Lee Award for Nursing Excellence on Monday, May 11th. They were Patricia Zavaleta, RN, Karen Vanzura, RN, Jean Young, RN, and Sharon Kenausis, RN

(L-R) Chrissi Maguire, Senior Vice President/COO; Karen Mueller, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer; Art Blank, President/CEO; Patricia Zavaleta, RN; Karen Vanzura, RN; Jean Young, RN. Absent from photo: Sharon Kenausis, RN (Photo Credit MDI Hospital)

Dr. Leung Lee, a Bar Harbor resident, established the award in memory of his wife. The Ursula E.J. Lee Award for Nursing Excellence honors the compassionate, loving care Ursula received from her nurses at MDI Hospital. The award will be given annually to four nurses  who demonstrate clinical excellence and a commitment to compassionate care in their nursing practice

Candidates were nominated by their peers based on excellence in six categories: compassionate care, clinical practice, advocacy, leadership, change agent and mentorship. A panel of judges comprised of hospital peers was charged with the difficult task of selecting just four winners. Award winners were each presented with a framed certificate of excellence and a $500.00 gift made possible by the generosity of the Lee family.