Nurses Joan OBrien, RN, director of nursing, Montefiore Medical Centers Wakefield campus, and Renzy Rajan, RN, patient care coordinator, Einstein campus, and two other associates from Montefiore received the 32nd annual Presidents Award at the recent meeting of the board of trustees.
Montefiores most prestigious distinction, the Presidents Award honors associates who continuously exemplify the medical centers values of teamwork, innovation, humanity, diversity and equity, according to a news release.
OBrien was honored, according to the release, for being a strong patient advocate, a skilled communicator who leads her staff with integrity, and a leader who fosters a sense of teamwork among staff thanks to her compassion and quick sense of humor.
OBrien spearheaded an initiative to dramatically reduce the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers across units, according to the release.
Shortly after beginning her career at Montefiore six years ago, Rajan assumed key roles in driving her units success, according to the release.
Known by colleagues for her warmth and dedication, Rajan has been involved in many of her units pilot programs, such as the No-Pass Zone initiative, which empowers any associate to respond to a call light, according to the release.
The other honorees were Steven Diaz, senior motor vehicle operator, New York childrens health program, and Carol Whittaker, program manager, department of family and social medicine, Moses.