Newsmaker: Barbianne Davis
Noteworthy: Davis is a winner of the 10th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, which recognizes health care workers for the impact they make on the lives of patients through extraordinary care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others.
Family: Son, Christopher, 6
Occupation: Registered nurse, Heritage Valley Health System
Background: Davis works at Heritage Valley's Sewickley hospital, where she cares for cardiac patients who are stepping down from intensive care. Before that, she worked for UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. She also cares for her mother, an amputee who nominated Davis for the award. Davis advocates on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.
Education: Nursing degree from Community College of Allegheny County, 2008. Pursuing bachelor's degree in nursing from Slippery Rock University.
Quote: “In a culture where we are so often left to fend for ourselves, nursing has allowed me the chance to give to others in a way that has lasting effects.”