2013 Grand Prize Winner, Registered Nurse Category

Charlottesville, VA resident recognized for her dedication to serving women and children at home and in India

Cherokee Uniforms announced today that Kristin von Thelen, a registered nurse at Martha Jefferson Hospital, is a winner of its 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. She is among six care providers across the country to be named a national award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation. Von Thelen is the national grand prize Inspired Comfort Award winner in the Registered Nurse category.

Von Thelen’s passion for caring for others extends beyond the walls of the hospital where she serves as a labor and delivery nurse. For the last 20 years, von Thelen has donated time, services and expertise in her community. She serves at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, treating the working uninsured population. Additionally, she serves on the Women’s Committee at Martha Jefferson Hospital, which has raised millions of dollars for women’s health initiatives. Since 1991 the veteran nurse has served on six voluntary medical outreaches to India, joining teams of doctors, dentists, physical therapists and other nurses to help children with cleft lip, cleft palate, burns, scars, and other skin malformations. In years that she has not accompanied

the team, she has donated more than 250 hours to help plan the outreaches and raise funds.

“Kristin, along with medical teams, conduct week-long plastic-reconstructive surgery camps in a small, remote town in India,” said Jean Blankenship, Magnet coordinator at Martha Jefferson Hospital and von Thelen’s nominator. “During the trips, the team screens close to 500 children and performs more than 100 surgeries free of charge, in sparsely furnished clinic rooms. Kristin’s commitment to make a difference in the lives of children across the globe is inspiring.”

“Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Kristin von Thelen for her dedication and compassion in helping provide exceptional care to children in need. She joins all of this year’s winners as a model for providing outstanding patient care, as well as inspiration to their peers,” said Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms. “We are proud to honor Kristin for her exemplary service which benefits women and children at home and in India.”

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Kristin von Thelen, RN-C

Kristin von Thelen, RN-C

  1. Congratulations! I was very honored to have received last year’s award. I wish you a very special year!

    Jan 06, 2014

  2. We are all so proud of Kristin and admire her for
    giving so much time to “doing good deeds” She has many gifts including being a wonderful pastry cook, as well as an inspired needle-worker!!

    Nov 19, 2013