No two days are alike for Leslie Stine, an intensive care unit nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The difference between each day and each patient is what drew Stine to the ICU.

“It’s constantly changing,” she said.

She has been a nurse for seven years, although she has worked in the hospital system for 12. As a nurse in the ICU, she works many positions, she said, from bedside nurse to release nurse.

Now she holds a new title: direct nurse of the year.

Stine was named as the direct nurse of the year Thursday afternoon before a crowd full of other nurses and medical staff, as well as the families of the nurse of the year nominees. Stine’s two children were among those in the audience.

“I’m shocked,” Stine said. “It was kind of the last thing I expected.”

Patrica Abate was named as the indirect nurse of the year, but she was not at the ceremony. She was in Staten Island, New York to attend her son’s graduation from college.

When Jamie White, director of professional development and nursing quality at the hospital, called Abate to give her the news, Abate’s husband had to take the call because she was so overcome with joy.

“I called her and told her,” White said, “and she got so tearful that she had to pull off the road.”

In her nomination form, a nurse manager who works with Abate wrote that Abate is always a pleasure to work with and that she is always willing to help.

“Trisha always goes the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcome for any project,” White read during the ceremony.

The two nurses of the year received a Frederick Memorial Hospital swag bag, a $100 giftcard to downtown Frederick and a designated parking spot.

The parking spot certificate was handed to Stine from the 2018 nurse of the year, which was meant to emulate the importance of patient handoffs between medical teams.

Stine creates calm at her job, said Frederick Memorial Hospital CEO Tom Kleinhanzl. She frequently accepts new responsibilities.

“Leslie has grown into a strong clinical nurse,” Kleinhanzl said.

Abate works tirelessly on any project she is given and is highly respected, he said.

There were 32 nominees for nurses of the year this year. The ceremony began with cake and other treats followed by an introduction from Cheryl Cioffi, COO and chief nursing officer.

“We have the most amazing nurses in our health system,” Cioffi said in an email. “We are so proud of the care and compassion they provide to this community each and every day.”

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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It's not easy being a nurse. Thank you to all of them.


GREAT JOB LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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