Top Arizona Honors This Week for UMC Lawyer, Nurses

University Medical Center's in-house attorney and four nurses are the recipients of prestigious state awards this week.

University Medical Center's in-house attorney and four nurses are the recipients of prestigious state awards this week.

UMC attorney Jim Richardson has been named 2005 Homeless Advocate of the Year by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH). He was honored Tuesday at the coalition's 12th annual conference on homelessness in Phoenix.

Since 2003, Mr. Richardson and other volunteers with the Christian Legal Society have been providing legal consultations to homeless people at the Gospel Rescue Mission. In conjunction with Tucson City Court Judge Michael Pollard - with whom he shared the ACEH award - the state's only "Homeless Court" was established in the Tucson City Courts and the Pima County Justice Courts. The Homeless Court program is for people enrolled in rehabilitation programs at the shelters and who are making good progress in turning their lives around. The aim of the Homeless Court program is to help clients resolve outstanding legal issues so they can get jobs, get a drivers' license and obtain housing as they make the transition to being a productive member of society.

On Saturday, four University Medical Center nurses were honored at the March of Dimes' Second Annual Arizona Nurses of the Year Awards gala in Scottsdale. They were among eight nurses from Tucson, two from Flagstaff and four nurses from Phoenix recognized in 14 nursing categories.

Marty Enriquez, RN, vice president of patient care services, won the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award. Her focus on team goals played a major role in making UMC the first Nurse Magnet hospital in Arizona. She spearheaded the initiative to develop the Arizona Hospital Association's Nursing Education Institute and serves as president of the Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives and chairman of the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation.

UMC Nurse Manager Patricia Stumbo, RN, was named the Mentoring Nurse of the Year. She works at the UMC Pantano Physicians Office, 7901 E. 22nd St. Her nomination stated, "Patricia has established a strong bond with her staff, past and present, through respect, enthusiasm and humility. In her 33-year career, she has mentored hundreds of others in the skills required to do the job and in her love of the profession."

Angela Muzzy, RN, a UMC staff nurse and clinical assistant professor of The University of Arizona College of Nursing, won the Military Nurse of the Year Award. She serves in the U.S. Army Reserve Nurse Corps, where she has earned several medals for exceptional services while touching the lives of countless soldiers from Micronesia to Thailand to Germany.

Emergency Department nurse Breann Haynes, RN, won the Rising Star Nurse of the Year Award. She decided to become a nurse after a life-threatening accident causes her to spend weeks relying on nurses for her care. While still a student, she worked as a research assistant, helping with vision screenings on the reservation, and her finding are being published in two publications. She graduated from the UA College of Nursing in December 2004 with academic distinction.

In addition, UMC's Jayne Matte, RN, was a finalist for Research Nurse of the Year and Laura Austin, RN, was a finalist in the Prenatal/Pediatric Nurse of the Year category.