From Hard Workers to Heroes: NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital Honors Employees For Its 'Wall of Heroes'

Oct 27, 2015

Cortlandt Manor, NY

Twelve employees of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital have been recognized and celebrated as "Heroes" for their exemplary contributions to patient care and their advancement of the organization’s standards of excellence.

Susan Sheehy, Captain of the Rewards and Recognition Team and John Federspiel, President, enjoy the recent ceremony with the honorees, as they stood in front of their portraits.

Susan Sheehy, Captain of the Rewards and Recognition Team and John Federspiel, President, enjoy the recent ceremony with the honorees, as they stood in front of their portraits.

At a ceremony in the lobby, the honorees also received congratulations from Sedrick O’Connor, VP of Human Resources.

At a ceremony in the lobby, the honorees also received congratulations from Sedrick O’Connor, VP of Human Resources.

John Federspiel, President, congratulates Michael Smythe as his portrait is unveiled.

John Federspiel, President, congratulates Michael Smythe as his portrait is unveiled.

Elena Hard celebrates with her family.

Elena Hard celebrates with her family.

At a recent ceremony hosted by John Federspiel, President of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, the 12 employees were named to the "Wall of Heroes" as colleagues, family members and supporters looked on. Each of the 12 outstanding employees had already received "Employee of the Month" designations and their photographic portraits, hung side by side, are on display on the "Wall of Heroes," located in the front corridor of the Cortlandt Manor, NY hospital.

Being named "Employee of the Month" begins the qualification process for the hospital’s annual "Wall of Heroes" recognition program, now in its ninth year. Each "Employee of the Month" reflects the qualifications of the ideal employee based on his or her interaction with patients, families and co-workers. The employee who is chosen each month best represents the characteristics and behaviors of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital and its emphasis on "We Put Patients First."

The list of honorees follows, along with their reactions to receiving this recognition. These employees reside in Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties.

Patrick Clarke, PCT
Ambulatory Surgery
Hometown: Peekskill, NY

"Positive energy radiates positive outcomes for patients."

Dominick Corbi, MS, RPh
Pharmacy
Hometown: Yorktown, NY

"It is an honor to be part of the Cancer Care Team, and do my very best to ensure our patients receive the medications they need."

Elena Hard, PCT
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Hometown: Putnam Valley, NY

"It gives me great satisfaction to care for patients after surgery... offering them comfort, kindness and individual care."

Robert Jordan, CRCST, CHL
Central Sterile Processing
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, NY

"I’m dedicated to providing our staff with the tools needed to help patients enjoy a better quality of life following their procedures."

Brian Kelly, RT (N) (CT)
Nuclear Medicine
Hometown: Montrose, NY

"It is my personal commitment to build relationships with my patients and to treat everyone in the same way I would want my family to be treated."

Trish Kinney, RN, BSN
Management Information Systems
Hometown: Fort Montgomery, NY

"I find it extremely rewarding when I provide meaningful information that is useful and positively impacts our clinical staff and the patients we serve."

Joseph R. Patterson
Engineering
Hometown: Peekskill, NY

"I take great pride in making sure our patients heal in an environment that is comfortable and safe."

Christine Rogers, RN, CMSRN, WCC
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY

"I’m proud to work with this dedicated team and provide a positive patient experience throughout their entire healing process."

Ed Rowe, PCT II
Progressive Care Unit
Hometown: Peekskill, NY

"Love what you’re doing and you’ll never work a day in your life."

Michael Smythe
Food & Nutrition
Hometown: Peekskill, NY

"I begin my day by entering my patients’ rooms with a positive attitude and a smile... treating everyone as if they were in a 5-star restaurant."

Stephanie Swenson, MA
Medical Affairs
Hometown: Bardonia, NY

"I truly enjoy working with our physicians and providing the resources they need to deliver excellent care to our patients and best serve our community."

Jack M. Tatarsky, RT(R)
Radiology
Hometown: Suffern, NY

"Working over 35 years in this field has helped me understand my patients on a personal level. I make them feel at home and they always leave with a smile."

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