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Mercy’s Nursing Idol Contest Rocks the House During Nurses Week

Move over Kelly, Fantasia and Carrie. There’s a new batch of idols in town and, as the staff found out May 6 during the Mercy Idol contest, they are working as nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, N.Y., a Catholic Health Services of Long Island facility.

The first Mercy idol contest was held in the employee cafeteria as part of the medical center’s National Nurses Week celebration, providing diners and audience members with enough lunchtime entertainment to rival the real American Idol.

In Mercy’s version, the show’s emcee, Beth Vlahavas, RN, director of nursing for the ER and behavioral health, jovially handed out “golden tickets” to Hollywood, Fla., instead of Hollywood, Calif.

Winners of the Mercy idol contest were, from left, Barbara Sims, RN; Kelly Zappolo, RN; Diane Kret, RN; Chika Anueyiagu, RN; and Elissa Eye, RN.

First place went to a trio of nurses who brought everyone to their feet with their rendition of “Proud Mary.” Barbara Sims, Katherine Thompson, and Patti Lasaponaro, of 2 North, changed the lyrics to encourage Mercy’s nurses to “keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin on to Magnet.”

The “singing sisters,” Sister Ricki and Sister Maryalice

Highlights of the program included performances by “Gail and the Backup Girls” — Renee Mauriello, RN, MSN, Mercy’s vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer; Maggie Glier, RN, director of critical care; and Gail Richards, patient care associate — and the “Singing Sisters,” Sister Ricki and Sister Maryalice who, with umbrellas in hand, sang backup in a performance of “It’s Raining Men.”

Others winners included Elissa Eye, RN, who was first runner-up, Diane Kret, RN, who claimed third place, and Chica Anueyiagu, RN, who came in fourth. Dressed in Disney regalia to convince the judges to send her to “Hollywood,” contestant Kelly Zappolo, RN, placed second in the contest.

By | 2020-04-15T14:28:44-04:00 May 17th, 2010|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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