March of Dimes Nominates Nurse at Preferred Nurse of the Year

Posted on October 27, 2015 By

The March of Dimes has nominated Esther Wentz, RN, Williamstown, N.J., Nurse of the Year. Wentz is a nurse in the Mount Laurel, N.J., branch of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The 10th annual Nurse of the Year, a state-wide event, recognizes and honors nursing excellence and achievements in 19 health care categories. The March of Dimes nominated Wentz, a registered nurse with 19 years of experience, a most outstanding nurse in the category of hospice, home health, palliative care, and long term acute care.

Wentz, the mother of a child with special needs, devotes her free time volunteering at Impacting Your World Christian Center, working in a soup kitchen, and volunteering at a walk-a-thon, among other charitable causes. Recently, the city of Trenton Police Department awarded Wentz with a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of her outstanding superior service.

Until paramedics arrived, Wentz performed CPR on a pedestrian who had collapsed in the street and was in cardiac arrest. He survived his medical emergency, thanks to Wentz’s heroic efforts.

Wentz, who attended Temple University, graduated from Penn State, Abington, Pennsylvania, with an A.A. in Arts and Science. She received her R.N. from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, in 1999 and worked in the home care industry and hospitals until 2013 when she joined PHHC in Mount Laurel.

Colleagues said, “Esther has a heart of gold,” and “I hope to be the nurse that she is.” Ann LaPatta, Wentz’s nursing supervisor, said, “Esther is always professional when interacting with staff. She is never too busy to assist while also ensuring the nurses are properly educated, trained and prepared to provide the best care possible to our clients. We could not ask for a better clinical leader.”

The award ceremony will feature a silent auction and a dinner on November 18, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m., Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway, Edison, New Jersey.

For more information, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at 732-443-8100.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit Preferred at for more information.