NewYork-Presbyterian Honors Nurses at Yankee Stadium During Series With Royals on May 10-12

Part of National Nurses Week Celebration

May 10, 2011


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Official Hospital of the New York Yankees, is teaming up with the Yankees during National Nurses Week, celebrated annually in May to honor the extraordinary patient care provided by New York metro-area nurses. The celebratory message will be broadcast to fans at Yankee Stadium on the true high-definition video board in center field prior to three home games vs. the Kansas City Royals on May 10, 11 and 12. Before the May 11 game, a pregame ceremony will recognize nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and throughout the metropolitan area.

"The city's nurses are our own local heroes — a championship team in their own right — and we wanted to show our heartfelt appreciation for their skills, hard work, dedication, caring and compassion," said Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Bringing this message to Yankee Stadium is our way of saying 'thank you' to all the nurses in the greater New York area. They have fans wherever there are Yankees fans — all across the metropolitan area and beyond."

"Nurses touch people's lives in powerful ways and do an extraordinary job in all kinds of circumstances. They are an integral part of the health care team, and this is a great opportunity to publicly recognize nurses and their vital role in patient care," added Wilhelmina Manzano, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

At the May 11 pregame ceremony, Ms. Manzano will be joined by three NewYork-Presbyterian nurses.

  • Anna Vaca, R.N., B.S.N. Ms. Vaca is a second-generation nurse. She has been a nurse for 19 years — all of them at NewYork-Presbyterian. In a recent NewYork-Presbyterian television commercial, Ms. Vaca was praised by New York City firefighter Matthew Long for helping save his life after he was severely injured in a bike accident in 2005. Her favorite Yankee is closer Mariano Rivera. The television commercial will be shown during the May 11 ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
  • Jeffrey Hammond, R.N. Mr. Hammond is a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit. He has been a nurse for five years — all of them at NewYork-Presbyterian. Originally an engineer in England, he decided to become a nurse after his father had a stroke and watching his aunt, a nurse, take care of him. He has been a leader in developing strategies to improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Linda Dewolfe, R.N. Ms. Dewolf has been a nurse for 40 years — 35 years at NewYork-Presbyterian. She currently works in the Wound Healing Center at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital in Northern Manhattan. She also is responsible for leading the Nursing Quality Council for the Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has more than 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit

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