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Excellence in Nursing Awards

Every year Baltimore magazine lists the top 50 nurses in 21 specialties in the Baltimore Metro area. Two Gilchrist nurses were honored for their extraordinary contributions to health care in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category. The honorees will be featured in the May “Excellence in Nursing” issue and celebrated at an awards dinner in April.

Please take a moment to read about the exceptional Gilchrist nurses who have received this esteemed award.

2020 Winners

Jennifer Babcock, BSN, RN, CHPN

excellence in nursingGilchrist was fortunate to bring Jennifer Babcock on board as Gilchrist Center Baltimore’s RN Clinical Lead in July of 2017. Prior to coming to Gilchrist she worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Hematologic Malignancies and Oncology Critical Care unit as a bedside nurse for six years, followed by the Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematologic Malignancy outpatient clinic for two years as a charge nurse and RN leader. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College in 2009.

“Jen is by far one of Baltimore’s best! She has one of the biggest hearts, both professionally and personally. Her dedication to her patients, their families and her colleagues is unmatched. She is constantly learning and growing herself to be a better clinician. Without her, our team would not be the same. I’m honored to have her on my team and in my life. She is the best.”

Katherine Packett, RN, BSN, CCRN
Hospice Clinical Manager
Gilchrist Center Baltimore


Jennifer Nicole Chen, RN

excellence in nursingNicole Chen joined Gilchrist Center Towson in January of 2019 as a hospice nurse working bedside on its 34-bed unit. Nicole started her nursing career in 2012 working for MedStar Health on a Med/Surg Oncology unit. In 2015, she transferred to the outpatient infusion center for hematology and oncology, where she administered chemotherapy and biotherapies and took on extra responsibilities as a charge nurse. Nicole earned her associate’s degree in nursing from CCBC Essex.

“Nicole is such an asset to our unit. She remains positive even during the most challenging shifts. She can be seen taking time to talk with a family member or patient to find out what is important to them during their stay with us and providing support and education during a very difficult time. She sets such a positive and professional example. She is the kindest person I know and truly exemplifies the best qualities of a hospice nurse.”

Gina Ranieri Bender, RN, BSN, CHPN
Hospice Clinical Manager
Gilchrist Center Towson

2018 Winners

Renee Ennis, BSN, RN

Renee Ennis, Gilchrist nurseRenee Ennis joined Gilchrist in 2017 as a hospice nurse, working bedside with patients at Gilchrist Center Baltimore. Prior to coming to Gilchrist, she was a nurse case manager with Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care. Her nursing experience spans public health, substance abuse, hemodialysis and internal medicine. Renee earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winston Salem State University.

“Renee is one of a kind, both professionally and personally. She genuinely cares about each one of her patients and colleagues as if they were family. Her vibrant laugh and positivity is contagious. In the ever-changing, chaotic, high speed profession that nursing can be, these qualities that she possesses are unparalleled by anyone I’ve ever met. By far she is one of Baltimore’s best!”

Katherine Packett, RN, BSN, CCRN
Hospice Clinical Manager
Gilchrist Center Baltimore


Karen Bartosz, RN, MSN, CHPN

Karen Bartosz, Gilchrist nurseKaren Bartosz has worked as a Gilchrist hospice home care nurse for five years. Prior to joining Gilchrist, Karen worked for 26 years as an intensive care nurse. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland. She achieved certification in hospice and palliative care nursing in 2017.

“Karen, in her daily work, has the natural ability to convey compassion to those she cares for – she exhibits honesty, respect, wisdom and sensitivity. Karen everyday has a warm-hearted smile, treats her colleagues with respect and does not hesitate to sing the praises of her co-workers. Karen always has a story to share with team members – speaking of a patient and family, telling how the family has gone from anxious and overwhelmed to calm and accepting, or sharing a story that exhibits human nature at its best or worst, often complimented by Karen’s soft and hilarious sense of humor. Karen often, without knowing, reminds us all that the human spirit should not be underestimated.”

Deborah L. Duhnke, RN, BSN, CHPN
Hospice Clinical Manager
Gilchrist Howard County


To see a full list of Gilchrist and GBMC Excellence in Nursing winners, visit GBMC’s website.

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