Amid a lunch of lemon chicken and pasta primavera, day-shift nurses at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., were honored May 7 for their commitment to patient care by members of the hospitals board of directors and nursing administration. In honor of National Nurses Week, Mather nurses were treated to a catered lunch and dessert and were given gift bags containing a John T. Mather pen and a bookmark inscribed with the 2010 National Nurses Week 2010 logo. Each nurse also was given a raffle ticket for a chance at 25 prizes, including free yoga classes.
Two of the nurses were awarded special honors during the luncheon. The new Rookie of the Year award is given to a new graduate nurse who best demonstrates nursing excellence. Emily Emma, RN, was chosen by her peers, who noted that her poise and professional demeanor sets her apart. Unbeknownst to her, nursing administration had contacted Emmas family, who surprised her by attending the luncheon.Mathers 2010 Nurse of Excellence Kathy Manzi, RN, shares the moment with her husband and colleague Billy Manzi, RN.
The 2010 Nurse Excellence Award went to Kathy Manzi, RN, a perioperative nurse who has been with John T. Mather since 1986. Manzi was described as a teacher, leader and mentor by Marie Mulligan, RN, MSN, CNOR, John T. Mathers vice president of nursing.
This was the third event for the nurses at John T. Mather during National Nurses Week. We had a breakfast event from 4 to 6 a.m. for the night nurses and a dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight for the evening nurses, says Terry Grimes, RN, associate vice president of nursing. Members of our board of directors and hospital administration always come to those, as well. Its a real family atmosphere.Enjoying the lunchtime festivities are, from left, Mary Fliel, unit secretary; Donna Hughes, RN; Denise Bonneville, RN; Patty Zarb, RN; and Kathleen Long, RN.
Chairman of the Board Kenneth Jacoppi and John T. Mather President Kenneth Roberts were in attendance to congratulate the nurses. Jacoppi recently had had cataract surgery at the hospital and spoke of the expert care he received. While in for surgery, the nurses put a warm blanket over me, he said. I told them they didnt have to do anything extra just because Im the chairman of the board, and they told me, Oh no, we do this for all our patients. Our nurses are phenomenal.
In turn, John T. Mathers nurses have shown their commitment to caring for the Port Jefferson community throughout the years. We have nurses who have been here for 30, 35 years, notes Grimes, who says the culture is like that of a family. People love to be here.