Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award 


The Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award was established by Bonnie Wesorick, RN, MSN, in honor of her mother Helen Henry to recognize nurses and their interprofessional partners working at the bedside.

The nominated team should be comprised of a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree or higher and an interprofessional partner working at the bedside on an ongoing basis.

Past Award Recipients

(Left - Right) Joanna Hudak, Elizabeth Ryland, Danyale Davis

2015 Award Recipients

Danyale Marie Davis, BSN, RN, PCCN
Registered Nurse
Sentara Healthcare
Virginia, USA

Danyale Davis graduated with her baccalaureate degree from Old Dominion University and has practiced nursing for nearly ten years. She began her nursing career in the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) where she obtained professional certification as a progressive care certified nurse (PCCN). Working in the IMCU setting facilitated the foundation for her passion to focus and improve on patient safety outcomes. The transportation diagram that was developed and adapted system wide was a genuine example of interdisciplinary collaboration between nursing and respiratory care and has been recognized in Sentara Leigh‘s “Journey to Magnet Excellence.” She has also worked on various collaborative teams focusing on improving patient safety outcomes as well as chaired a committee to streamline practices in the IMCU setting across the healthcare systems twelve hospitals. Danyale currently works as a staff nurse with the Sentara Systemwide Resource Pool and travels within each of the hospitals in the IMCU setting.

Joanna M Hudak, MS, RRT, NPS

Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics Manager
Sentara Healthcare
Virginia, USA

Joanna Hudak is the Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics manager at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA; she has over 25 years of experience in respiratory care. Joanna earned her baccalaureate degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse NY in 1992. She earned a Master’s degree in management from Troy State University in 2001. She is credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care as a registered respiratory therapist and a respiratory neonatal pediatric specialist.  Joanna currently serves on the advisory board for the Tidewater community college respiratory therapy program college. She currently focuses within Sentara Healthcare on streamlining respiratory practice across the system. She was recently selected to be the project manager for the final phase of Sentara Leigh’s building renovation project. In her tenure with Sentara Healthcare she has received professional excellence and quality excellence awards for her work.

Elizabeth M. Ryland, BA, RRT 
Clinical Respiratory Specialist
Sentara Leigh Hospital
Virginia, USA

Elizabeth Ryland graduated from Tidewater Community College with an Associates Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and has been a staff respiratory therapist at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia since 1991. She obtained her baccalaureate degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in Business with special focus in Management and Economics. She was appointed as Clinical Specialist for Respiratory Care in 2000. She served as District Director and Vice President for the Virginia Society for Respiratory Care and participated in the initiative for Respiratory state licensure in Virginia. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Tidewater Community College respiratory therapy program. Her most recent work has been focused on inter-professional education of registered nurses and respiratory therapists using state of the art critical care simulation as well as airway safety and transportation of respiratory compromised patients. This work was highlighted in Sentara Leigh Hospital's "Journey to Magnet Excellence".

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