The Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders has honored Ingrid Larson, R.N., CPNP, Director of the Beacon Program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, with the MONL Excellence in Leadership Award. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 3, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
Larson co-founded the Children’s Mercy Beacon Program to provide primary care to the region’s most medically complex pediatric patients. Throughout the program’s three years, it has grown to serve more than 300 patients and expanded into telehealth services for children in Kansas and Missouri.
“Ingrid Larson is the epitome of excellence in nurse leadership,” said Karen Cox, RN, PhD, FAAN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Mercy. “Her commitment extends past the program to the next generation of nurses and pediatric care. She has published research on medically complex pediatric patients, works as a subject matter expert on the issue nationally and has added significant grant funding to build capacity at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and throughout the region.”
Within the Beacon Program, Larson manages and mentors staff and trains nurses. Her work has helped bring national recognition to the program, increase grant funding for additional services and deliver on the Triple Aim of care — improved health, better care and lower costs.