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Published on November 14, 2019

Four North Kansas City Hospital Nurses Receive Nurse of the Year’ Recognition

Four NKCH nurses were honored at the eighth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. This year’s winners included Andrea Briggs, RN, CMSRN; Jodi Myers, RN, BSN, CAPA, RN-BC; Morgan Swearingin, MSN-Ed, RN, CCRN; and Jessica Thibault, MSN, RN, CRRN.


From left to right: Jodi Myers, Andrea Briggs, Morgan Swearingin and Jessica Thibault

This recognition honors nurses from 22 disciplines who go beyond the call of duty.  

“This year’s winners reflect our commitment to providing outstanding patient care and outcomes,” said Sarah Oakley, vice president and chief nursing officer. “They always put patient needs first and are an inspiration to everyone at NKCH.”

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year candidates are nominated by peers, supervisors, patients and visitors in recognition of extraordinary patient care. NKCH nurses accounted for 66 of the 800+ Kansas City-area nominations. A selection committee chooses the winners each year. 

Nomination Excerpts 

Andrea Briggs | Hospice, Home Health and Palliative Care Category

“Andrea is a great example as she demonstrates exemplary service to the patients, punctual documentation and great organizational and computer skills. She is a tremendous asset to our department.”

Jodi Myers | Surgical Services Category

“Jodi helped create our block program six years ago. She continues to expand and improve on the program. She advocates for her patients’ safety and education.” 

Morgan Swearingin | Critical Care Category

“Morgan goes above and beyond daily. She receives many WOW cards and is the recent recipient of a DAISY Award, where a family recognized her compassionate care. She is active in the hospital’s culture and serves on many committees.”

Jessica Thibault | Long-Term Acute Care/Rehab/Geriatrics Category

“Jessica is one of the best nurses I know. She is an excellent resource to her coworkers and patients. She is a leader and is always knowledgeable.”

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

In 2018, NKCH earned Magnet® designation, the highest achievement for nursing excellence. The hospital’s oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides our patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, NKCH offers the largest network of provider practices in the Northland, with more than 140 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

NKCH also operates Wellness Corners located in the North Kansas City YMCA, the Gladstone Community Center and Zona Rosa shopping center. The Wellness Corners offer free blood pressure checks; the opportunity to talk with a nurse; programming on obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease; health fairs and basic screenings; and wellness events.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Each year, NKCH sponsors approximately 60 charitable and community organizations and serves more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs.

Explore North Kansas City Hospital’s full range of services at, and discover all the services Meritas Health offers at

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From left to right: Jodi Myers, Andrea Briggs, Morgan Swearingin and Jessica Thibault