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Published on November 06, 2014

Melrose Nurse Wins March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award

Melrose, Minn. – Jennifer Tomford, R.N., CentraCare Health – Melrose, received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the rural health category and was honored at the Oct. 25 annual Nurse of the Year Award ceremony in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Tomford began her career at CentraCare Health – Melrose in 2000 as a certified nurse assistant.

“Jenn leads by example for all, said Mary Scott, R.N., CentraCare Health – Melrose, who nominated Jennifer for the award. “She is the lead of our hospital OB department and ensures we provide up-to-date and excellent care to our patients. She provides the prenatal information to clinic patients and teaches community childbirth preparation classes and adapts her program as needed to meet the needs of our population. Jenn works with laboring moms and also provides staff education. While raising a family of three boys, she somehow completed her bachelor of science in nursing and has been accepted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program to become a nurse practitioner.”

Nurse of the Year winners all display great leadership skills and have made significant contributions to their communities and to the nursing profession. Patients, friends, families and colleagues nominated outstanding nurses in 16 categories with more than 425 nominations from across Minnesota.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or


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