Inverness, FL — At a Nurse Year in Review gala event, Maura Naruta, RN, BSN, Michele Cofield, MD, Janis Cobo, Jennifer Losse, RN-CEN, Samantha Williams, MD and Erin Stokes, RN were named Nurse of the Year, Physician of the Year, CNA of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, Resident of the Year and New Nurse of the Year, respectively.

Maura Naruta, RN, BSN, a 12 year employee is a registered nurse in the interventional radiology lab, where a team of physicians, nurses and techs perform minimally invasive diagnostic procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. Naruta joined Citrus Memorial Hospital in 2007 as a registered nurse in CCU before moving to the the cardiac catheterization lab. She was nominated for the Nurse of the Year honor by Citrus Memorial Hospital's medical staff.

Dr. Michele Cofield, an OB/GYN, was nominated by the hospital's nursing staff. Cofield is a practicing physician at Genesis Women's Center and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia before completing residency training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.

Janis Cobo is a Certified Nursing Assistant on the hospital's Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit where she assists with patients who have cardiac care needs. Cobo joined Citrus Memorial Hospital in 2018.

Jennifer Losse, RN-CEN joined the Citrus Memorial Hospital team in 2007 and serves as the manager of the hospital's Emergency Room, where staff treat more than 40,000 patients each year. As a leader on the unit her focus is on managing throughput and clinical quality as well as improving the patient experience.

Samantha Williams, MD is a first-year internal medicine resident with Citrus Memorial Hospital's Graduate Medical Education program. She earned her medical degree at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Erin Stokes, RN has worked on the hospital's NeuroTelemetry Unit since 2018. As a new graduate from the College of Central Florida who then completed HCA's StaRN program, Stokes immediately stood out to patients, staff and physicians as a nurse who provides unwavering care and respect for all.

Nominations were accepted and winners chosen based on four criteria:

  • Works to provide care through collaboration with physicians and staff by committing to an environment of mutual respect and support.
  • Provides quality care while expanding knowledge-base through continuing education, involvement in professional organizations and hospital committees. Teaches others when the opportunity arises.
  • Demonstrates compassion and volunteers to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • Has a zest and persistence to improve care that is delivered at Citrus Memorial Hospital and encourages others to do the same.