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MIAMI -- Maria Lina "Bing" Wood, MSN, ARNP, Administrative Director of Critical Care at Miami Children's Hospital (MCH), is the recipient of the 2011 Leadership Award presented by the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (SFONE).  The award is presented annually to a nurse executive from Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties who demonstrates visionary leadership, professional and community involvement, and has had a significant impact on the practice environment.

Ms. Wood has been a leader not only in South Florida but in projects that are having an impact on nursing around the country.   “Bing is a remarkable leader who has spearheaded many key initiatives that are enhancing care practice for children throughout the region and around the world. We are fortunate to benefit from her commitment to excellence in all things,” said Jackie Gonzalez, ARNP, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at MCH. 

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric subspecialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.