The Christiana Care Department of Pediatrics presented three awards to caregivers in June.

“The Department of Pediatrics developed the Louis Bartoshesky, John Stefano and Susan Imam Awards to honor the legacy of excellent clinical care and teaching in our Department,” said David A. Paul, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and physician leader of Women & Children’s health. “The 2017 award recipients all demonstrate outstanding commitment to clinical care and teaching. They all have a history of excellence in their service to Christiana Care and the neighbors that we serve.”

Himani Divatia, D.O, received the Louis Bartoshesky Award for Excellence in Clinical Care and Teaching by a Pediatric Hospitalist. She was recognized by her peers based on the outstanding energy she brings to teaching and her outstanding clinical care. Dr. Divatia is associate program director of the Medicine-Pediatrics dual residency program.

“Her leadership has allowed Christiana Care to recruit some of the best and brightest NNPs in the country and allowed our NICU to be one of the most sought out regional training sites for nurse practitioners,” Dr. Paul said.

Unanimously chosen by his colleagues to receive the John Stefano Award for Excellence in Teaching and Clinical Care by a Neonatologist, Robert Locke, D.O., MPH, was recognized for his unwavering commitment to teaching resident and fellows, his collaborative efforts in patient care and his willingness to hear different points of view. He has continually been singled out by patients for his clinical and communication skills. He also is an outstanding researcher and serves as a strong advocate for breastfeeding.

John Stefano, M.D. with Robert Locke, D.O.

Christina Hendler, NNP, who received the Susan Imam Award for Excellence in Teaching and Clinical Care by a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, was recognized as a leader among her peers and highly respected by her colleagues. A compassionate, caring nurse, she enjoys challenging cases and has excellent diagnostic skills. She has received accolades from the residency program for her teaching of pediatric residents in both the NICU and delivery room.

Susan Imam, NNP II, with Christina Hendler, NNP.

Dr. Bartoshesky and Dr. Stefano are currently both professors of pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Each has more than 30 years’ service to Christiana Care Health System. Imam started as a staff nurse at Christiana Care in 1980, completed her training to become a neonatal nurse practitioner in 1988 and served as the manager of the NNP group from 1992 to 2014.

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