Main Line Health Nurse Receives Nightingale Award


MLH represented by six Nightingale finalists


(Bryn Mawr, PA, October 30, 2015) – At the 26th annual Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, held on Oct. 23, 2015, one of Main Line Health’s six finalists was named a winner in her respective category. Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice Nurse, Kathleen Pardini, received the Community Nurse RN Nightingale Award.


Main Line Health’s other finalists were:

  • Mary Beth Hoban, HomeCare & Hospice – Nursing Educator—Staff category
  • Meghann Horst, Paoli Hospital – Clinical Practice RN category
  • Jan Nash, Paoli Hospital – Nursing Administration—Executive/CNO category
  • Laurie Watson, Lankenau Medical Center – Community Nursing category
  • Ellen Weaver, Paoli Hospital – Clinical Practice RN category


“As nurses, we understand the need to balance the art and science of our profession—using evidence-based practice to provide high quality, safe patient care while ensuring that we compassionately tend to the emotional needs of our patients and their families,” says Barbara Wadsworth, Main Line Health Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, who also served as the President of the 2015 Board of Trustees for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. “Main Line Health’s winners and nominees each have a story that tells us about their remarkable accomplishments and the positive impact they have had in the lives of their patients and their family members, and I couldn’t more proud of their achievements.”


This year, over 100 nominations were received from across the Commonwealth. From this impressive pool of nurses, 28 finalists were selected. In addition to the award nominations, NAP received 36 scholarship applications and awarded four, totaling $7,000. Main Line Health’s Director of Nursing Education and Competency, Rita Linus, was is a recipient of a 2015 Nightingale Awards Scholarship for her devotion care, compassion, community service, and academic achievement. Linus is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at West Chester University.


The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued.


About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health Hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Photo Caption: Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice Nurse, Kathleen Pardini, gives remarks after being awarded the Community Nurse RN Nightingale Award at the 26th annual Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.