Nurse Recognition Ceremony: New York Methodist Honors its Outstanding Nursing Staff

Mar 25, 2011

Brooklyn, NY

On Tuesday, May 10th, New York Methodist Hospital honored a select group of registered nurses at the Hospital's 2011 Nurse Recognition Awards Ceremony. At this year's event, multiple awards were given out to reflect NYM's talented and diverse group of nurses.

Uchenna Okoro, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager for 7 North, accepted an award for nursing mentorship.

Among those honored were Uchenna Okoro, RN, a resident of East Flatbush and an assistant nurse manager at NYM, and Wayne Christie, RN, who resides in Park Slope, the director of nursing retention and professional development. Both received the Nurse Mentorship Award for guidance and support in the development of the professional nurse.

Michael Sasse, RN, a critical care nurse from Williamsburg, received the Nursing Clinical Excellence Award for direct care giving. Joanna Zanko, RN, director of nursing critical care services from Rahway, New Jersey, received the same award as a nursing executive who demonstrated leadership and excellence in patient care.

From left, Wayne Christie, RN, director of nursing retention and professional development, who won the Nursing Mentorship Award, Rebecca Flood, RN, senior vice president of nursing, Joanna Zanko, RN, director of nursing critical care services and Michael Sasse, RN, Critical Care. Both Ms. Zanko and Mr. Sasse were winners of the Nursing Clinical Excellence Award.

The Nursing Visionary Award went to Esther Mercado, RN, director of nursing, who lives in Flatlands.

The Outstanding Nursing Associate award went to Sheila Blake, a unit secretary from Canarsie and Malika Benbader, a nurse technician from Bath Beach, in the Department of Neurosciences. An honorable mention was given to Marlene Chavez, a cleaner for Environmental Services from Red Hook.

The annual awards ceremony is part of a series of events held during New York Methodist's Nursing Appreciation Week. "The constant attention of a good nurse is just as important as a well trained surgeon... we are very appreciative of your expertise and we thank you for training our doctors," said Emil Baccash, MD, president of the Medical Board, at the Nurse Recognition ceremony. Stanley Sherbell, MD, executive vice president of medical affairs added, "This hospital wouldn't be the same without the talent and compassion that you bring to New York Methodist Hospital."