Press Release

Pennsylvania Nurse Wins “Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare” Contest Sponsored by TigerConnect and Critical Alert 

Jodie McClure, a staff nurse at Mount Nittany Health in State College, was chosen for her dedication to providing quality patient care

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 21, 2022 — TigerConnect, maker of healthcare’s most powerful clinical collaboration platform, and Critical Alert, a TigerConnect Company, today announced that Jodie McClure, a staff nurse at Mount Nittany Health in State College, Pa. is the grand prize winner of the “Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare” Contest. Tiger Connect and Critical Alert created the contest to recognize nursing professionals who have shown a deep commitment to their patients. 

This year’s winner was nominated by Jenn Bainey, a nurse manager at Mt. Nittany, who lauded McClure for her commitment to patient care. Earlier this year, a patient McClure was treating had a mental health emergency. According to Bainey, McClure went above and beyond the call of duty to not only treat the patient but to engage their family and connect them with local resources in the community that could help. “Between working with family members, the local police, and the county crisis line, Jodie was able to get the patient admitted to the hospital and [get them] the help they desperately needed,” said Bainey. 

Nursing leaders from across the United States nominated nurses from all over the country who come from a wide range of specialties, including pediatrics, mental health, and oncology. A few common themes emerged among this year’s winners, including the ways in which they made a difference in the lives of their patients, being passionate about the future, and advocacy. These themes highlight the vital role that nurses play in healthcare, and they underscore the dedication and commitment that nurses have to their patients and their profession. 

“Nurses are an integral part of healthcare. They provide much-needed medical care to individuals, as well as emotional support and comfort. Their work is invaluable, and they deserve to be recognized,” said Cheryl McKay, Ph.D. RN Nurse Executive at TigerConnect. “Nurses like Jodie exemplify the selflessness, kindness, and commitment to the profession that improves the patient experience and enriches the lives of those under their care.” 

In addition to the grand prize winner, five nurses received honorable mentions: Mecia Castagna, a staff nurse at Pike County Memorial Hospital, Judy Perez, a staff nurse at Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Jennifer Cummings, a staff nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Lai Ching (Esther) Chan, pediatric head nurse at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and Rebecca Swisher, a registered nurse case manager and clinical coordinator at John C. Fremont Healthcare District.

Congratulations to this year’s winners, and to all the nurses who work to provide quality patient care. Visit the blog post to learn more about Jodie McClure and all this year’s winners. 

 About TigerConnect 

TigerConnect transforms healthcare with the industry’s most widely adopted clinical collaboration platform – uniquely modernizing how doctors, nurses, care teams, patients, and data connect. With solutions spanning care communication, patient engagement, scheduling, alarm notifications, nurse call, and more, TigerConnect accelerates productivity, reduces costs, and improves patient outcomes, safely and securely. Trusted by more than 7,000 healthcare organizations for user-friendly yet enterprise-ready solutions, TigerConnect delivers 99.99% verifiable uptime for more than 10 million messages each day. To learn more about TigerConnect, visit

About Critical Alert 

Critical Alert enables hospitals and healthcare enterprises to give patients a voice, empower clinical staff with actionable intelligence, and unburden their support and IT teams. Critical Alert delivers cost-effective enterprise-class, software-based products, services, and strategies. CommonPath Enterprise is a software-driven patient communications platform, FDA-cleared as a Class II Medical Device, and includes UL-1069 nurse call, overlay software to modernize legacy nurse call systems, patient experience monitoring, advanced clinical analytics, and a portfolio of integrated partner offerings. Critical Alert is part of the TigerConnect family of clinical collaboration and communication solutions. To learn more about Critical alert, visit  

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