The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation honored six nurse professionals Oct. 28 for their dedication and commitment to providing outstanding service to patients, the community and support for their colleagues, according to a news release.
HHC nurses are extraordinary leaders, mentors, role models, caregivers and healers, Ram Raju, HHC president, said in the release. They are an essential part of our workforce and embody our mission to care for all New Yorkers and keep our communities healthy. I am proud of our nurses for their commitment to our patients well-being and their role in helping HHC become a leader in the transformation of healthcare in New York City.
HHC Nursing Excellence Awards are given for outstanding leadership, improving patient outcomes, excellence in management, commitment to education and teamwork and community service.Grace Ann Rodicol, RN
HHC also presented its second annual HHC Nursing Champion Award to Carolyn Jones, director of the film The American Nurse, for her work in supporting and elevating the voices of nurses in the U.S.
The nursing award winners, who were nominated by colleagues across the corporation, included the following:
Marian McNamara, MSN, RN, Sea View Hospital, Rehabilitation Center & Home, Staten Island: She received the award for Excellence in Management for her exceptional clinical and managerial skills, according to the release. She has served at Sea View for more than 14 years, contributing to positive patient and employee satisfaction results, helping residents acclimate to their new environment and establishing a committee to effectively treat and prevent pressure ulcers.
Grace Ann Rodicol, BSN, RN, CNOR, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens: Rodicol received the award for Excellence in Volunteerism and Service for dedication and compassion to provide health aid and education through international volunteer efforts, and through her work at Times Square Church in Manhattan, where she participates in local outreach and health fairs, according to the release.Lovely Simon, RNC
As a perioperative nurse, she uses compassion to comfort and provide quality care for those who need it most particularly children and those suffering from chronic medical conditions.
Lovely Simon, RNC, Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn: Simons award was in recognition of Excellence in Clinical Nursing, Inpatient for her ongoing educational efforts to teach and share knowledge with staff and develop curriculum to improve patient care, according to the release.
Her colleagues said she is dedicated to improving clinical practice and the patient experience by providing culturally and linguistically competent care, making every effort to pair patients with nurses who share language or cultural backgrounds.
Michael Impollonia, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn: He received the award for Excellence in Education and Mentorship for his creative and innovative approach as a teacher and leader.Michael Impollonia, RN
According to the release, Impollonia promotes a culture of safety and quality patient care through training and development programs and has advanced the profession of nursing as one that uses research and evidence-based practice as the basis for excellence in clinical protocols and innovation in patient care.
Terry Hunte, BSN, RN, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn: Hunte received the award for Excellence in Advancing and Leading the Profession for her wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in emergency nursing, informatics, project management and patient safety, according to the release, which mentioned she has successfully implemented tools using HHCs Breakthrough method to help improve staff training and skills and organize workflow.Terry Hunte, RN
Jeanmarie Fitch, BSN, CLC, CCM, Health & Home Care: Fitch received the award for Excellence in Home, Community or Ambulatory Care for her service as an educator, mentor and role model for new home care clinicians by providing excellent one-to-one training, according to the release. Her hands-on and supportive approach to training has been adopted by the H&HCs education department as the new training standard.
Todays recipients represent HHCs guiding principles by always keeping patients first and pursuing excellence in the clinical, educational and philanthropic spheres of the profession, Lauren Johnston, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, senior assistant vice president and HHC corporate CNE, said in the release.Jeanmarie Fitch, BSN
Their accomplishments are an example of what it means to be a leader on the front lines of healthcare.
More than 30 nurses were nominated for the awards. Winners were chosen by a committee that included last years winners.