On Nov. 5, Harbour Lights Restaurant on Pier 17 in New York Citys South Street Seaport provided the setting for Nurses House Inc.s 2009 Dolphin Award Reception and Fundraiser honoring Maimonides Medical Center. Nursing Spectrums Dear Donna columnist Donna Cardillo, RN, served as the evenings hostess.
Nurses House Inc. Executive Director Susan Fraley, RN, MS, presented the glass dolphin to Maimonides Medical Center President and CEO Pamela Brier and Sondra Olendorf, RN, senior vice president of nursing and hospital operations, for their continued commitment to Nurses House Inc. Throughout the years, Maimonides staff have not only helped thousands of patients, but they have also come together to support their colleagues in need, she said.Host Donna Cardillo, RN, standing right, congratulates director of nurse recruitment and retention Mary Ann Radioli, RN, standing left, and members of the Maimonides nursing staff on their award. Seated, from left, are Margaret Monaghan, RN, Lise Celestin-Thybulle, RN, nurse manager, and Carnice Lee, RN, clinical nurse specialist.
Fraley recounted the story of how Maimonides staff hosted a Nightingale Dinner in 1990 to which Patricia Barry, executive director of Nurses House Inc. at the time, was invited as the guest of honor. The dinners have become an annual event, and a donation has been made every year to Nurses House Inc. since 1996.
Joan Brown, RN, a member of the Nurses House Inc. Board of Directors, donated Maimonides glass dolphin statue. Over the years, theyve given a lot of money and a lot of time to Nurses House, she says.
Brier accepted the award on behalf of the nurses at Maimonides for all they do for the medical center. It has been a joy to be able to stand behind this for all the years Ive been at Maimonides, she said. In a surprising turn of events, Brier and Olendorf presented Fraley with a $5,000 donation.
The evening also served as a fundraising event for Nurses House Inc., with a silent auction, raffles, and gift certificates.
Each year, Nurses House Inc. selects the recipient of its Dolphin Award based on how well the organization or individual exemplifies the Nurses House Inc. mission of helping nurses in need. The dolphin was chosen as the symbol for Nurses House Inc. because of its natural instinct of helping a wounded fellow dolphin until it can help itself.