PHCS News

Dr. Bruce R. Pierce Earns Physician Partner Recognition from Nurses

Nov 17, 2011

Bruce R. Pierce, MD, FACOG, will receive a 2011 APPLE Award in recognition of his collaboration with and support for nurses at University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP)

The Institute for Nursing, a foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, presents the APPLE Awards annually to physicians who support nurses and the patient advocacy that is the foundation of nursing. APPLE stands for Acknowledging Physician Partners: Liaison for Excellence

"I'm honored to accept this award because it reinforces the importance of respecting and valuing our colleagues and collaborating with them to make sure we give our patients the best care possible," said Dr. Pierce, an attending physician at UMCP, where he also serves as Chairman of the Perinatal Committee and Medical Director of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Committee. "Providing exceptional care takes a team, and the APPLE Awards acknowledge that."

Dr. Pierce, a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, was nominated for the APPLE Award by the Nursing Administration at UMCP.

"Our nursing team nominated Dr. Pierce to recognize his open communication and teamwork," said Susan Lorenz, DrNP, RN, NEC-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. "His relationship with the nurses is built on respect, collaboration, and mutual support, and always rooted in a commitment to our patients' safety and well-being."

"Teamwork among healthcare professionals, and especially between physicians and nurses, is a point of emphasis at PHCS," said Linda Sieglen, MD, MMM, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. "We are proud that Dr. Pierce earned this recognition because it speaks directly to how physicians can foster an environment which enables us to provide high-quality care."

Dr. Pierce will be among 18 physicians statewide to be honored at the APPLE Awards Gala on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. Funds raised from the event support scholarships and research grants for nursing students and nursing scholars in New Jersey. For more information, visit the New Jersey State Nurses Association website at http://www.njsna.org/.