Patient Care at its Best: NYM Honors Nurses at Annual Registered Nurses Dinner

Aug 5, 2009

More than 200 registered nurses attended New York Methodist Hospitals 17th Annual Registered Nurses Dinner, held recently in the Hospitals cafeteria. The event, a tribute to registered nurses at New York Methodist as well as the profession itself, is a cherished tradition at NYM.

There are three things that go into patient care caring, compassion and concern, said Robert Seminara, M.D., president of the Hospitals Medical Board. And I can feel them radiating in every area of this Hospital. On behalf of the Medical Board, Id like to thank you for the exceptional work you do everyday.

For the eighth year in a row, several individuals were honored with the 25 Year Service Award for their continued role in providing patient care. Those recognized for their service were Evelyn Banas, R.N., Wihelmina Bautista, R.N, Cleofe Damasco, R.N., Kathleen Dean, R.N., Carol Farina, R.N., Heather Garriques, R.N., Dennis Gonzalve, R.N., Celia Navarro, R.N., Gail Rodriquez, R.N., Maria Scaramuzzino, R.N., Cynthia Sombillo, R.N., Crizelda Ventura, R.N., and Henrietta Viotty, R.N. Nurses are the heart and soul of health care, said Stanley Sherbell, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs. Health care is a 24/7 operation and the nurses are the only ones here 24/7.

Yvonne J. Graham, R.N., deputy borough president of Brooklyn, gave this years lecture, Nursings Impact on Health Care Reform. Ms. Graham has been a pioneer in the field of public health for over twenty years.

While Im proud to serve Brooklyn as deputy borough president, she said, my greatest achievement is being a nurse. Ms. Graham went on to stress that nurses have a unique vantage point from which to assess the nations health care reform policies and should partake in the political process. As a nurse, I know what you face daily, said Ms. Graham. But despite the obstacles we face, we are fortunate to be in the heath care field.