Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center celebrated National Nurses Week by honoring, acknowledging and treating its nurses throughout the week of May 9-13.
The weeklong festivities included meals, sweets, thank you cards from fellow staff and area schools, daily prize drawings, gift give-a-ways, and a basket raffle.
In addition, a special ceremony was held Tuesday recognizing the nurses who have been with the medical center for 25 years and over. Memorial Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer JoAnn Pellegrino thanked all those who were able to attend, and expressed the profound impact they have had over the years on this community.
“Nurses are rooted in strength, forged in the fires of courage,” she said. “They are watchmen, teachers, trailblazers and warriors ... pandemic superheroes. Memorial's expert seasoned nurses are even more than this – they are legends that will forever be written upon the hearts and minds of the patients and community. These are the truest legacies of Memorial.”
Throughout the week, Memorial’s nursing department also presented Visionary Awards to nurses who exemplify commitment and vision, going above and beyond for their patients. Each department nominated a recipient who was then given the opportunity to pay it forward and nominate someone they feel deserves recognition.
“The power of our practice impacts so many throughout the world,” Pellegrino said. “The vision and commitment of these individuals is the reason we’re still here.”
This year’s recipients include Scott Williamson, Yanki Patel, Alex Reynolds, Natalie Kuzara, Ann Flack, Hillary Poole, Julieanna Gianquinto, Jill Hasley, Kathleen Steele, Maryanne Nearhoof, Abigail Drake, Bonnie Mertz and the utilization review department.
A press release said, “Thank you to Memorial’s medical staff office for donating $2,500 towards Nurses Week, and to the following individuals and businesses for your contributions: Enchanted Florist, Niagara’s Choice Credit Union, William Mattar, Sugared by Sarah, The Village Bake Shoppe, Rich Products CS & L charity team, Stephanie and Mike Neal from State Farm, Boos Building and Renovations LLC, Frontier Management & Development, Fire 716 Radio, Diana Federici, Melissa Nowak, William Carroll, Mary McGovern, Jennifer Dougherty and Jenna Carroll.”