Support the Susan Burns-Tisdale Excellence Award

Recognize Healthcare Provider Excellence

$250,000 Campaign Goal

Philanthropists Bill and Mary Schleyer recently established an annual financial award, which will be presented to Exeter Hospital employees who best exemplify qualities of empathy, integrity, professionalism and teamwork while providing care and services to patients. Bill Schleyer has served on the Board of Trustees of Exeter Hospital for many years, and is past chair. Our fundraising goal of $250,000 will help grow and sustain this meaningful recognition award.

The award is named after Susan Burns-Tisdale, MPH, RN a dedicated nurse leader at Exeter Hospital who passed away on July 25, 2020. Susan served as Senior Vice President for Clinical Operations at Exeter Health Resources and Chief Nursing Officer at Exeter Hospital, leading the hospital in 2013 to achieve Magnet® designation, the highest nursing honor awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center followed by re-designation in 2018. Susan’s career was characterized by an unwavering dedication to patient care and an extraordinary commitment to the inclusion of diverse perspectives.

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Susan Burns-Tisdale Memorial Award For Patient Service

Susan Burns-Tisdale served as Exeter Health Resources’ Chief Nurse Executive for 12 years prior to passing away from cancer in 2020. A hallmark of Susan’s career was her unwavering focus on patients and her extraordinary commitment to inter-professional team collaboration to better serve patient needs. This monetary award is dedicated to her memory, and recipients exemplify Susan’s vision for ideal patient care. Three recipients are announced each quarter, and the recipients from the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 are:
  • Mary Brackens, LNA, Progressive Care
  • Ashley Mitchell, RN, Family Center
  • Sarah Stevens, RN, Clinical Practice Leader, Intensive Care

Your gift will help us continue to recognize outstanding patient care.