Nurses Week at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City was capped by the presentation of the Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence awards to honorees who were nominated by their peers. The Renfield nominees also represented the hospital at the 1199/SEIU Nurse of Distinction gala May 18 at the Intrepid: Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Nurse Manager Thelma Myers-Navarro, RN, received the Beatrice Renfield Gold Circle of Excellence Award, the highest professional nursing award given at Beth Israel. Her valuable contributions to the smooth operation of Phillips Ambulatory Care Center were recognized by Ronald Blum, MD, director of the cancer center, and Karen DeVries, RN, who with Myers-Navarro, are two of only four recipients of the Gold Circle of Excellence in the 13-year history of the Renfield awards.Beatrice Renfield Gold Circle of Excellence winner Thelma Myers-Navarro, RN, PACC nurse manager, third from right, stands with from left, Harris M. Nagler, MD, Beth Israel president; Ronald Blum, MD; Karen DeVries, RN; Margaret Amato-Hayes, RN, director of patient care services; and Lisa Cohen, RN, Beth Israel Kings Highway Divisions interim vice president of patient care services.
Renfield Circle of Excellence Award recipient Robert Freeman, RN, also won the 1199/SEIU League Novice Nurse award. Freeman, a 2009 graduate of the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing who works on 3 Dazian, Petrie Division, acknowledged the excellent nursing education he received and was grateful for the professional guidance from Nurse Manager Wayde Binder, RN, also a Renfield winner for Nursing Leadership.
Other 2011 Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence award winners for Excellence in Patient Centered Care were Victoria Lyddy, RN, PACC; Garcia Myers, RN, 5 Linsky; Lorraine OConnor, RN, Kings Highway Division ED; Laura Rodriguez, RN, pediatrics, Petrie Division; and Arlene Speer, RN, CSICU, Petrie Division.
Winning the award for Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration were Kings Highway Divisions 2 West orthopedic unit under the leadership of Nurse Manager Catherine Leota, RN; and the team led by Director of Nursing Marilyn Gunzler, RN, of The Robert Mapplethorpe Residential Treatment Facility.
Two words echoed time and again in remarks about and by our Renfield Award recipients honor and pride, Beth Israel President Harris M. Nagler, MD, said in a news release. This is a reflection of how they feel about working at Beth Israel and how everyone feels about them our congratulations and thanks to all.