2010 Nurses of the Year

Cindy Savaiano, RN, BSN, a resident of Chicago, has been a nursing professional for more than 16 years. She is a dedicated and patient-focused pediatric Home Health Registered Nurse employed by HomeTech Therapies in Schaumburg, Ill., with proven expertise in the adult and pediatric oncology population. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Rush School of Nursing achieving multiple high honors. Throughout her career, Cindy has been repeatedly commended by patients and supervisors for outstanding quality of care received, with consistent mention in care-survey responses. She was nominated by two families who each have a child with leukemia.

“Cindy is an incredibly warm and open person who immediately made us feel relaxed. She patiently taught us everything we needed to know to care for our daughter . . . and let us ask questions until we were confident,” said one family.

“Even on days when she had a full schedule of running to numerous homes and hospitals, she maintained a more than positive personality and professionalism. Her smile and good cheer always put our son at ease,” another family said.

Jennifer Tornatta, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, also a resident of Chicago, has been a nursing professional for more than 16 years. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana and Master’s Degree in Nursing at Indiana University where she was awarded “Outstanding Master’s Student”. She is credited with numerous publications, presentations, awards, and scholarships throughout her illustrious career. Jennifer holds membership is several professional organizations and has completed several research projects funded by NIH.

“Jennifer is the embodiment of a successful nurse and colleague,” said one of her coworkers.

“She has improved the outcome of countless bone marrow transplant patients not only by her stellar care, but also through her innovation.”