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LUTHERAN’S DEPARTMENT OF NURSING DISTINCTION AWARD CEREMONY 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LUTHERAN'S DEPARTMENT OF NURSING DISTINCTION AWARD CEREMONY 2009

June 18, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare's Department of Nursing recently honored staff with a special awards ceremony recognizing the continuing hard work, dedication and compassion the Lutheran team exhibits. The ceremony began with an invocation by Rev. Don Stiger, SVP, Mission and Spiritual Care, and awards were presented by Rosanne Raso, R.N., SVP, Nursing. Claudia Caine, COO, LMC; Larry K. McReynolds, executive director, LFHC; and Margaret Kuhn-Basti, M.D., president, medical and dental staff, gave remarks highlighting the importance of the nursing department to the success of Lutheran HealthCare.

The Maakestad Award is presented each year to a distinguished nurse leader who, like Martha Maakestad, has excelled beyond all expectations. Martha was a Lutheran Medical Center nurse leader for 35 years until her retirement in 2004. As the chief nursing administrator for 28 of those years, she led the nursing department into the 21st century with professionalism, sensitivity, stewardship and grace.

Maakestad Award for Distinguished Nursing Leadership
Karen DeLorenzo, R.N., nurse recruiter

Suzette Collins Clinical Excellence
Minerva Lopez, R.N., nursing instructor

Clinical Excellence
Maria Plonka, R.N., staff nurse, pediatrics

Mentorship
Mavis Duffus, R.N., staff nurse, PACU

Spirit of Caring
Deborah Natoli, R.N., ANCC, 5F
Gabina Quezada, R.N., staff nurse, 4D
Michael Johnson, SNA, 4D
Kathleen Najab, PCT, 4A

LFHC Nurse of Excellence
Marjorie Graham, R.N., Park Ridge FHC

Friend of Nursing Award
Chor Charles Wong, R.Ph, AD of Pharmacy for Informatics



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