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Excellence in Nursing Awards

Every year, Baltimore magazine lists the top 50 nurses in 21 specialties in the Baltimore Metro area. In 2020, two Gilchrist nurses were honored for their extraordinary contributions to health care in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category. The honorees are featured in the May Excellence in Nursing issue and will be celebrated at an awards dinner.

2018 Excellence in Nursing Winners


Renee Ennis, BSN, RN

Renee Ennis joined Gilchrist in 2017 as a hospice nurse, working bedside with patients at Gilchrist Center Baltimore. Prior to coming to Gilchrist, she was a nurse case manager with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. Her nursing experience spans public health, substance abuse, hemodialysis and internal medicine. Renee earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winston Salem State University.

“Renee is one of a kind, both professionally and personally. She genuinely cares about each one of her patients and colleagues as if they were family. Her vibrant laugh and positivity is contagious. In the ever-changing, chaotic, high-speed profession that nursing can be, these qualities that she possesses are unparalleled by anyone I’ve ever met. By far she is one of Baltimore’s best!”

Katherine Packett, RN, BSN, CCRN

Hospice Clinical Manager

Gilchrist Center Baltimore


Karen Bartosz, RN, MSN, CHPN

Karen Bartosz has worked as a Gilchrist hospice home care nurse for five years. Prior to joining Gilchrist, Karen worked for 26 years as an intensive care nurse. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland. She achieved certification in hospice and palliative care nursing in 2017.

“Karen, in her daily work, has the natural ability to convey compassion to those she cares for – she exhibits honesty, respect, wisdom and sensitivity. Karen every day has a warm-hearted smile, treats her colleagues with respect and does not hesitate to sing the praises of her co-workers. Karen always has a story to share with team members – speaking of a patient and family, telling how the family has gone from anxious and overwhelmed to calm and accepting, or sharing a story that exhibits human nature at its best or worst, often complemented by Karen’s soft and hilarious sense of humor. Karen often, without knowing, reminds us all that the human spirit should not be underestimated.”

Deborah L. Duhnke, RN, BSN, CHPN

Hospice Clinical Manager

Gilchrist Howard County

To see a full list of Gilchrist and GBMC Excellence in Nursing winners, visit GBMC’s website.

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