KATY, TEXAS (April 16, 2010)

Mattie Mason, RN, BSN, a postpartum nurse at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and founder of New Life Perinatal Health Care Services, Inc., has received the Award for Excellence in Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing from the March of Dimes.

Mason, who has 30 years of experience in hospital nursing and community health care, joined Memorial Hermann Katy in 2004. She also is the founder and owner of New Life Perinatal Health Care Services, Inc., where she provides home health and case management for pregnant teens, premature infants and special needs children. Mattie works closely with social workers, and provides health care referrals and resources for parents.

"I love making a difference with mothers and their babies," Mason said. "It is so important because mothers are the foundation of the family."

Mason founded New Life Services in her spare time after she discovered she had a special interest in working with pregnant teens, young mothers and children with special needs.

"I tell the young people I work with that it is not how smart you are but how determined you are," Mason said. "If you are determined enough and love something enough, you will be successful at it."

"Mattie is a dynamic, compassionate and caring person," said Linda Salter, director of women's and children's services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. "She is highly dedicated to providing care for families, and she always has a smile on her face. Mattie loves nursing and everything she is able to accomplish with her skills and knowledge."

The Award for Excellence in Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing is given annually to encourage excellence and recognize those who reach beyond job expectations to make a difference in the lives of mothers and babies. Winners are chosen by the State Professional Education Sub-Committee of the March of Dimes Texas Chapter.