April 26, 2018


CONTACT: Chrissy Burke, Partner, Synova Associates, LLC, 617-320-5017


Boston, MA, April 26, 2018 – Synova Associates, LLC, in partnership with March of Dimes, announce that Luann Jones, Neonatal Services Nursing Director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, is this year’s recipient of the March of Dimes Excellence in NICU Leadership Award. The award was presented to Ms. Jones at the annual NICU Leadership Forum, held in Ponte Vedra, Florida on April 22-26, 2018.

The award recognizes the significant contributions of NICU leaders. “Past winners of this coveted award have all demonstrated the highest level of inspiration and support to their staff and this year’s winner truly exemplifies those qualities and more,” said Chrissy Burke, partner, Synova Associates, LLC.

“One of her colleagues who nominated Luann put it best,” said Lori Gunther, Senior Director of NICU Innovation for March of Dimes, who presented the award along with Melissa Gehl, Manager of NICU Innovation. “Luann leads the great teamwork in the NICU that people love. It’s the reason they stay, and why more people want to become a part of the team.”

Criteria for the award include a demonstration of a strong leader with ability to influence staff within and beyond the NICU, and to lead with care and compassion towards patients, families, colleagues, and staff.

“I know it sounds corny, but I was inspired to choose nursing as a profession because of my son Drew’s primary nurse in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. That NICU nurse went well beyond providing quality care to my premature baby. That entire experience set me on the path to become the best NICU nurse I could be,” said Ms. Jones.

The theme for this year’s NICU Leadership Forum was “Leadership: Finding Joy in the Journey.” For the 22nd year, Synova Associates attracted close to 200 nurse leaders from around the country to participate in educational leadership conferences, presentations, round-table discussions and networking opportunities.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

About Synova Associates

Synova Associates was formed in 2010 by Cathy Bush, Chrissy Burke, Sandy Chapman and Barbara Greer who have been organizing the NICU Leadership Forum meeting since its inception in 1996. Synova’s goal is to provide innovative solutions for nurse leaders through education and consulting services.

For more information about the annual NICU Leadership Forum or about Synova Associates, please visit www.synovaassociates.com

#     #    #