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Public Hospitals Recognize Exceptional Nurses

May 29, 2009

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today honored 55 outstanding nurses whose dedicated service has earned them the respect of their colleagues and the gratitude and recognition of the public hospital system.
The nurses represent the 8,000 dedicated women and men who treat 1.3 million New Yorkers annually in the city’s public hospitals, long term care centers, and health centers in every borough.
“Nurses: Building a Healthy America” is the theme the American Nurses Association selected for this year’s annual tribute.
“Every day of the year, our nurses deliver care professionally and compassionately,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “HHC is fortunate to have such extraordinarily talented and dedicated nurses who have been instrumental in transforming New York City’s public hospital system into one of the most patient-centered, safe and efficient providers of health care.”
The HHC nursing workforce comprises registered nurses, licensed practitioner nurses, senior level nurses in administration, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and nursing support staff. Registered Nurses provide their clinical expertise system-wide in a variety of settings such as neonatal, critical care, emergency services, behavioral health, pediatrics, obstetrics, community health, and oncology. Those honored this year include a group of nurses recognized for their exemplary care of older adults.

2009 Nurse Excellence Award Recipients

Rosalee Richburg, RN, BSN, MPHA
East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center Ruth Eligio, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kings County Hospital Center Lora Clarke, RN, BSN
Dr. Susan S. McKinney Nursing Rehabilitation Center
Marie Previl, RN
HHC Health & Home Care – HHC Home Care and Long Term Care/ Manhattan
Karen Johnson-Fairclough, RN, BSN
Jacobi Medical Center
Paula Brown, RN, MSN, CNM
North Central Bronx Hospital
Pamela Jones, RN, BSN, CLC
Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Lydie Desrosiers, RN, BA
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
June McWilliams-Bobcombe, RN, MPS/HCA
Harlem Hospital Center
Luz Aguirre, RN
Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Camille Montenegro, RN
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Denise Benford, RN, BSN
Renaissance Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Monica Caicedo, RN, BSN
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Elizabeth Pahk, RNC, BSN
Queens Hospital Center
Romeo Victoriano, RN, BSN
Bellevue Hospital Center
Lincy Varghese, RN, BSN, MA
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility Coler Campus
Milana Leviyev, RN
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility Goldwater Campus
Patricia Cunningham, RN, BSN
Gouverneur Healthcare Services Nursing Facility
Patricia Scatliffe-Richards, RN
Gouverneur Healthcare Services Ambulatory Care
Myrlande Gedeon, RN, BSN
Metropolitan Hospital Center
Alex Goldengur, RN, BSN
Coney Island Hospital
Deborah Turkovic, RN, BSN
Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home

Excellence in Nursing Care of Older Adults Award Recipients

Lurline Dixon, RN, NP
East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Cindyann Gaskin-Best, RN, AAS
Kings County Hospital Center
Virginia Simon, RN
Bronx/Manhattan Health & Home Care
Okkyun Kim, RN, BSN
Jacobi Medical Center
Luz Garcia, RN, BSN
North Central Bronx Hospital
Keumhye Weinberg, RN
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Jeanette Travieso, RN
Coney Island Hospital
Michelle Getz, LPN
Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home
Alma McLaughlin, RN
Bellevue Hospital Center
Pureza Capriles, RN, BSN
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
Noe Corro, RN, BSN
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
Janet Cuaycong, RNC, MSN, RAC-C
Gouverneur Healthcare Services Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Rusian Anderson, RN, MA, NP
Metropolitan Hospital Center

Service Excellence Award Recipients

Anarkaly Shaw-Clarke, RN
East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Loretta Lawrence-Reid, RN, MS
Kings County Hospital Center
Ghislaine Bell, RN
Kings County Hospital Center
Francine Keogh, RN, BSN, CPN
HHC Home Health & Home Care, Intake Nurse
Chinyere Ahaneku, RN
Jacobi Medical Center
Miriam Junor, RN, BSN, CDE
North Central Bronx
Denise Robinson, RN, BSN
Harlem Hospital Center
Alison Benjamin, RN, BSN
Harlem Hospital Center
Hemodialysis Staff
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Medical ICU Staff
Bellevue Hospital Center
Octavia Vishnevsky, RN, BSN
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility, Coler Campus
Carmen Silvestre-Tan, RN, BSN
Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility, Goldwater Campus
Christine Lewis, RN, MSN
Metropolitan Hospital Center
Flore Lafontant, RN
Coney Island Hospital
Annie Leslie Varghese, RN
Sea View Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Home

Corporate Awards

Sharon Graham, RN, BSN
East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Maria Mendoza, RN, EdD, ANP, GNP-C, CDE
Healthcare Improvement/Chronic Disease Management
Joan Altman, RN, BSN, MPH
Patient Safety, Accreditation and Regulatory Services
Erin Moss, RN, BSN
Managed Care/Network Development/Coney Island


Contact: Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339.

About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlusHealth, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychhc.org/hhc or find us on facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.