Griffin Hospital nurses honored

Griffin Hospital Special Procedures Director Patricia Degennaro, RN, pictured left, presented Cheryl Santiago, RN, of Prospect, center, with The 2015 Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. Santiago was surprised at the awards ceremony by her husband, Melvin.

Griffin Hospital Special Procedures Director Patricia Degennaro, RN, pictured left, presented Cheryl Santiago, RN, of Prospect, center, with The 2015 Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. Santiago was surprised at the awards ceremony by her husband, Melvin.

Griffin Hospital recently held its annual Nurses Week luncheon to honor its more than 330 staff nurses and presented awards for exceptional nursing during the year.

Sharon Ashcroft and Kimberly Badowski, both of Shelton, and Derek Pozzessere,of New Haven, and Karen Mandeville,  of Naugatuck, were named 2015 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing winners. Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Award celebrates outstanding nurses and elevates the nursing profession. The goals of the Nightingale Award program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Cheryl Santiago, of Prospect, won The Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award.

The 15-year employee of the hospital started as a telemetry nurse before becoming certified in Medical/Surgical Nursing and providing care in the Special Procedures Unit. Santiago played a vital role in the creation and expansion of Griffin’s Heart Wellness Clinic, which supports patients with congestive heart failure by providing weekly check-ups, education and assistance to help avoid future readmission to the hospital for heart-related issues. The clinic has expanded to now include individuals diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

The celebration also recognized Kim Kelly of Shelton, with The Marie Santini Perioperative Nursing Excellence Award; Karyn Rudy of Seymour, with The Richard Stivala, M.D., Obstetric Nursing Excellence Award; Morgan D’Amore of Oxford, with The Mary Schumacher Leadership Award; Kathleen D’Orso of Orange, with the Donald Torok Memorial Scholarship; Dike Miller, of West Haven, with The Mary Nelligan Award for Continuing Education; and Liqun Song of Orange, with The Griffin Hospital Physician of the Year Award.

Amanda Cuda