Friday, May 31, 2013

Griffin Hospital in Derby honors nurses

Award winners at this year’s Nurses’ Week celebration included, front from left, Nicole  Williams, MST, Tammy Brown, RN, Kathryn Dibona, RN, Kelly Egan, RN. Back row from left, Maureen Smith, RN, Ann Andersen, RN, Dr. Leland Soto, Ashley D’Agostino, RN, and Mulenga Chakulanda, RN. / Contributed photo
DERBY - Griffin Hospital celebrated its nurses with a recent Nurses’ Week luncheon and awards ceremony.
Maureen Smith, RN, of Beacon Falls, Paulina Jaworski, RN, of Ansonia, and Kathryn Dibona, RN, of Naugatuck, were named 2013 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.
Dibona also earned the hospital’s Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. The 11-year employee started working at Griffin Hospital as a member of the Distribution Department before becoming certified as a Multi Skilled Technician and then as a Registered Nurse. She is currently a night-shift nurse on the hospital’s telemetry unit.
 In presenting the award, VP of Patient Services Barbara Stumpo highlighted Dibona’s compassionate care for her patients, leadership and dedication to her work, including working almost three straight days during this winter’s blizzard.
“I have had the pleasure of watching her emerge as a leader over the past 11 years,” Stumpo said. “I am extremely proud to have her at Griffin Hospital. Her energy and compassion for her patients radiates to the entire staff.”
The celebration also recognized Dena Sabin, of Shelton, with the PeriOperative Nursing Excellence in Memory of Marie Santini, RN, and Tammy Brown, RN, of Naugatuck, with the Obstetric Nursing Excellence in Memory of Dr. Richard Stivala.

This information is taken from a press release.  

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