OCEANSIDE, N.Y. Family, friends, colleagues, and legislators filled the conference center at South Nassau Communities Hospital July 16 to join president and CEO Joseph Quagliata in congratulating Robin Grass, RN, director of community education, as she accepted the New York State Innovation in Breast Cancer Early Detection and Research Award.
The award, given to individuals, health professionals, and nonprofit organizations with a commitment to breast cancer research and education, has had a significant impact on New York residents, and is not given lightly. Its not about who should get it this year, says Maureen Killackey, MD, chairperson of the New York State Breast Cancer Detection and Education Advisory Council. This is a real award that has to be approved by the governor and the commissioner of health.Geri Barish, left, past recipient of the award, with Robin Grass, RN, and Joseph Quagliata, hospital president and CEO.
Some of the selection criteria includes volunteer work, community impact, and participation in evidence-based practice. Grass was selected because of her tireless commitment to increasing awareness of the importance of breast cancer screenings among Long Islands medically underserved.
The Long Island community is well aware of Grass dedication. In addition to the award from New York State, she received numerous honors from area legislators, including Rockville Centre, N.Y., Mayor Mary Whalen Bossart, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, and New York State Assemblyman David G. McDonough of the 19th District.
Other legislators in attendance included Valley Stream Mayor Edward Cahill and Mayor Ed Sieban of the Village of East Rockaway, who told the audience of the loss of his mother to breast cancer. Thank you for helping to make sure others dont lose theirs to breast cancer, he told Grass, as he presented her with a proclamation.Everyone who knows Robin Grass, RN, would attest to her star power. To solidify that notion, local news Channel 12 was in attendance during the ceremony and interviewed her shortly after.
Also in attendance were Nassau County Health Commissioner Maria Torroella Carney, MD, and Geri Barish, executive director of Hewlett House/1-in-9, Long Island, a past recipient of the award. In her acceptance speech, Grass thanked Barish for her work and cited her as her inspiration. Barish nominated Grass for the award.
Grass is known around the community as someone who gets the job done. When you meet Robin, you dont forget Robin, says Torroella Carney. How can you forget someone who introduces herself as Rockin Robin?