Nursing Director Receives Presidents Award 
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 
Bridgette Johnson, center, receives North Shore's President Award from CEO Manny Linares and Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte Dardanello. 

Miami, FL -- Bridgette Johnson, Director of Nursing, is the 2008 recipient of North Shore Medical Center's annual President’s Award, given for outstanding work and accomplishments.

Manny Linares, Chief Executive Officer at North Shore, a 357-bed general acute-care community hospital, announced the award, noting that  Johnson is an achiever in all of Tenet’s Five-Pillars – Quality, Cost, Growth, People and Service for 2008.

In her extraordinary leadership role as Director of Nursing, Bridgette is responsible for administration, supervision, and implementing standards of practice of all skilled nursing services in the facility.

“No one is more deserving of this award than Bridgette,” says Linares.  “She accepts challenges and sees them as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.”

Johnson joined North Shore after holding nursing positions with Mercy Hospital in Miami and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She also has served as a nursing instructor for the Practical Nursing Program for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida International University College of Nursing and Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University School of Nursing in Shreveport, LA., and earned her Master’s in Nursing from FIU. She currently is working on her Ph.D. at FAU.

Johnson is a certified diabetes educator and advanced registered nurse practitioner with a focus on adult nursing. She is a recipient of several awards, including the 2007 Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award from FIU, 2005 Sister Louis Edwin Award in recognition of contributions to the practice of nursing from Mercy Hospital, and the 2004 National Nursing Staff Development Organization’s First Place Poster Award for creating the best recruitment poster.

North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 357-bed general acute care community hospital located at 1100 NW 95 St, in Miami.

The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of its community for more than 53 years. North Shore Medical Center offers a broad range of services, including 24-hour emergency care with Fast Track service, maternity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services. The hospital also offers specialized centers, including the C. Gordon Griffith Comprehensive Cancer Center with IMRT and X-Knife Radiosurgery, Intensive Care Unit, Wound Treatment Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Pain Care Center.

The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.