NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital Celebrates Everyday Heroes

Oct 29, 2013

Cortlandt Manor, NY

a group of people posing for a photo

Being a hero means being in the right place at the right time to help others when they need it. Sometimes it doesn’t even involve a rescue from a burning building or a lifesaving operation. Hudson Valley Hospital recognizes these everyday heroes – from nurses to the lab technician – each year by unveiling their portraits as part of its Wall of Heroes. On Oct. 29, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital unveiled its Wall of Heroes at a ceremony in the lobby of the Hospital at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. This year, 12 employees from 11 departments were honored.  Employees live in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Each month the Hospital recognizes an employee who has been nominated by co-workers. At the end of the year, that employee is honored at the Heroes Ceremony and their portrait hung on the wall along the front corridor of the Hospital, where it remains for the year. It’s one of the reasons that the Hospital has been cited - by Press Ganey and Westchester Magazine - as one of the top places to work in Westchester.

"This is something that means a lot to our employees – to be recognized by their peers for excellence," said Hudson Valley Hospital President John C. Federspiel. "By commissioning these portraits, we let everyone in the Hospital, and the community, know how much we value our dedicated employees and the job they do. The portraits are something they, and their families, can be proud of, not just for one day, but for the entire year."

Susan Sheehy, captain of the reward and recognition team, has worked on the Heroes project for past eight years. She says she looks forward to preparing for the event, writing the bios of each employee and arranging for professional portraits to be taken of each.

"Over the years I have learned so much about the special people I work with at the Hospital," said Sheehy. "It’s really wonderful to see them receive this recognition for their work."

Honored this year were:

Connie Dias, RN, BSN

4 South Nursing Unit

"Providing compassionate care, love and peace to every patient as they heal is my #1 priority."

Joseph Barletti, Pharm. D., R.Ph.


"Optimal patient care and providing education is my primary concern when dispensing medication."

Carol Morales, PCT

Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

"The best part of my day is helping my patients in the Wound Care Center, and seeing them improve each day."

Susan Jackson


"I love that I get to meet wonderful people from every department each day."

Kevin Roth, RN, BSN, ONC

3 South Nursing Unit

"Caring and compassion are a part of my patient care every day.

Margaret Tetro

Receiving & Storeroom

"It’s important to meet the needs of each department as our clinical team delivers exceptional care to our community."

Eileen Neary

Administration/Volunteer Services

"There are so many people to help at the hospital, and I enjoy all the ways I can contribute."

Anna Apostol, RN, BSN

Ambulatory Surgery

"I truly enjoy the work that I do, and the company of my colleagues."

Kimberly A. Ritter

Admitting/Lab Registration

"Positive energy and teamwork... that is what makes working here so enjoyable."

Mayuri Patel, MT


"It’s very rewarding to make a positive impact on operations in our Lab."

Annarose Curley, MS, R.Ph.


"My ultimate concern is to ensure patients’ health and wellness through safe and effective use of medication."

Ashley Martin

Patient Accounting

"It’s my pleasure to work with such a dedicated team as we handle the financial needs of our patients."