NYC Health + Hospitals Celebrate The Art Of Nursing Excellence From Harlem To Hollis

NYC Health + Hospitals today honored 31 nurse professionals from across the public health care system as part of its annual Nursing Excellence Awards.

A total of 465 nominations were submitted from across the system and the 31 honorees were selected from this pool by a panel of nurse leaders. Those selected for the recognition are nurse trailblazers who demonstrate leadership in various capacities.

The 2021 Nursing Excellence Awards honor 23 nurses with “Excellence in Clinical Nursing” awards, representing each of NYC Health + Hospitals’ facilities and clinical service lines, including acute care, post-acute, correctional health services and Gotham Health. This year’s awards also include four system-level awards, recognizing one nurse chosen from the entire system who has demonstrated excellence in a specific area: “Excellence in Home, Community, or Ambulatory Care;” “Excellence in Education & Mentorship;” “Excellence in Nursing Leadership;” and “Excellence in Volunteerism and Service.”

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“I truly believe that our nurses are at the heart of our mission to care for every New Yorker without exception,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Every day, our nurses reach beyond their routine duties to ensure patients are tested, vaccinated and taking better charge of their own health and the health of their families.”

“Our Nursing Excellence honorees exemplify what it means to be a healthcare hero and this is a great opportunity for us to shine a light on their extraordinary work,” said Chief Nursing Executive for NYC Health + Hospitals Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We express our gratitude to them, and all of our nurses, for the skill, professionalism, and compassion they provide for our patients every day.”

NYC Health + Hospitals is the first health system to present the DAISY Award for Nurses Advancing Health Equity, created by the DAISY Foundation to honor nurses whose work advances health equity, mitigating health disparities that are caused by social determinants of health.


This award recognizes individual nurses or nurse-led teams, who go above and beyond in caring for patients and families who are disadvantaged demographically, psycho-socially, or economically. Four nurses – one each from our acute care, post-acute, correctional health and Gotham Health facilities – are receiving the inaugural DAISY Award for Nurses Advancing Health Equity.

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The second annual Structural Empowerment Award was presented to the nursing leadership and staff at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

This award recognizes a single facility within the greater public health care system that has demonstrated a commitment to achieving higher performance levels, including promoting, encouraging and supporting infrastructure creation leading to sustained and substantiated increases in certification rates and other notable metrics.

A highlight of the Nursing Excellence Awards is the presentation of the second annual Josephine Bolus Nursing Champion Award, renamed in 2020 in honor of the very first recipient of the Nursing Champion Award in 2013, former NYC Health + Hospitals Board Member Josephine Bolus.

The 2021 Josephine Bolus Nursing Champion Award is being presented to DAISY Foundation co-founders Bonnie and Mark Barnes, who are delivering this year’s keynote address during the Nursing Excellence Awards.

The Josephine Bolus Nursing Champion Award is NYC Health + Hospitals’ highest honor bestowed upon supporters of nurses and the nursing profession and recognizes Drs. Bonnie and Mark Barnes for their deep and unwavering commitment to recognize and support nurses all over the world.

The 2021 Nursing Excellence Award honorees included:

Bronx

  • Karen Garcia, MSN-Ed, RN, CEN, TCRN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Silvia Romero, RN, Staff Nurse, Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Sharon Simmonds, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Hyacinth Simpson, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Rosa Vargas, BSN, RN, Accountable Care Manager, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award

Brooklyn

  • Fredrick Adeyemi, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Corine Armand, MS, RN, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Jawwad Butt, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Vernita Ellison Brown, MSN, BSN, RN, Head Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Kendra Kartheiser, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, The DAISY Foundation’s Health Equity Award
  • Nicola Madou, MSN, MPH, RN, Head Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Chandrapatti Singh Reddy, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
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Manhattan

  • Barbara Browne, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, Pediatric Emergency Department, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Tina Hackman, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Yi-Hsiang Hsiao, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Patra Lee, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Milana Leviyev, BSN, RN, Head Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, The DAISY Foundation Award for Nurses Advancing Health Equity
  • Maria Luisa Patria, BSN, RN, Head Nurse, Oral Surgery, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Sonia Reyes Mendoza, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Jasmine Slater-Small, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Blesilda Zapanta, MSHS, BSN, RN, CNOR, Assistant Director of Nursing Peri Operative Services/Chief Nurse Operating Room, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

Queens

  • Linda Bulone, RN, OCN, CCRC, Research Nurse Manager, Cancer Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, Excellence in Volunteerism and Service Award
  • Jasmine Samuel, MSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Justin Yi, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award

Staten Island

  • Alex Apostol, BSN, RN, Head Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Xiaowei Ling, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt, Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
  • Tayyaba Mughal, BSN, RN, CCRN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt, The DAISY Foundation Award for Nurses Advancing Health Equity

Community Care

  • Keenfan Rebecca Sze, MSN, MPA, RN, FNP, Associate Executive Director, Community Care, NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Excellence in Home, Community, or Ambulatory Care Award

Correctional Health Services

  • Verne Corey Baptiste, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health, The DAISY Foundation Award for Nurses Advancing Health Equity
  • Joseph Oyibotsa, MSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health, Excellence in Education & Mentorship Award
  • Julissa Ramos, MSN, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health. Excellence in Clinical Nursing Award
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Kings County Nursing Leadership

  • Opal Sinclair-Chung, MSNE, MSA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Marife Patagan, EdD, MAN, RN, Deputy Director, Director Med/Surg
  • Jennifer Trotman, MS, RN, Certification in Bioethics and Medical Humanity, Associate Executive Director, Behavioral Health
  • Shyla Roshin, DNP, RN, Director of Nursing, Behavioral Health
  • Hyacinth Charles, MSA, RN, Director, Ambulatory Care
  • Silvanus Michel, MS, RN, CCRN, Director, Critical Care
  • Susana Consolacion, MAE, RN, CNOR, Director, Peri-Operative Services
  • Vera Appiah Agyemang, MSN, RN, CNM, Director Maternal Child Health
  • Diahann Singh, MSN-E, RN, Director, Emergency Department
  • Julianne Gentile, MS, RN, ANP-BC, Director, Education and Research
  • Fe Villar Jacolbe, MA, RN, RN-BC, PMP, Director Quality Improvement and Pathway to Excellence
  • Cee-Ann Boatswain, MSN, RN, Director, Informatics
  • Eugene Vaknansky, MSN, RN, FNP, Director, Staffing and Finance
  • Ann Marie Williams, MSA, RN, CNOR, Associate Director, Peri-op Services
  • Myrna Foster, DNP-C, MA, RN, Associate Director, Nursing Administration
  • Laura Shamailov, MSN, MPH, RN, Associate Director, Behavioral Health

The nurses honored are among the more than 9,000 nurses at NYC Health + Hospitals who provide care throughout the system’s hospitals, post-acute care centers, community health centers and neighborhood clinics, home care, and the correctional health system, throughout the five boroughs.

To learn more about the Nursing Excellence Awards or any of this year’s recipients, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/nursing-excellence-awards-2021/.

NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs.

A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals.

Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible.

For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org

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