The annual Nightingale Awards dinner was a festive affair with Yale-New Haven Hospital choosing 22 of its finest staff nurses for recognition. Nightingales, their fellow nurses, physicians, colleagues, family and friends packed into the ballroom at Anthony's Ocean View Restaurant to honor the nurses who work on both campuses.
Prior to the dinner, Sue Fitzsimons, RN, PhD, senior vice president, Patient Services, met with the YNHH Nightingales and congratulated them on being chosen.
"You do exceptional work and I am so proud of you," said Fitzsimons. "This is a wonderful opportunity to thank you for the special work that you do. This evening is for you."
Anna Andreozzi, RN, a 30-year veteran of the Saint Raphael Campus, and lead coordinator in the TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center, said she had "goose bumps" at the dinner.
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"I was nominated by my staff — and that is such an incredible honor," Andreozzi said, "and at the dinner, I was in the presence of all these great nurses. This was the first time that Saint Raphael's nurses were honored under the Yale-New Haven banner and it was just wonderful — this is a new beginning.
"All of this — and to be honored as a Nightingale," said Andreozzi, who attended the dinner with her husband, two sons and 84-year-old mother. "Well, it just doesn't get any better!"
Kate Thompson, RN, a four-year veteran of YNHH who works on the Cardiac Step-down Unit, attended the Nightingale dinner with her parents because her boyfriend is deployed.
"Being named a Nightingale was a huge honor and completely unexpected," said Thompson. "It was inspirational to hear about the distinguished careers of so many nurses — they've done so many things and do so much volunteer work. It's amazing what you can do as a nurse."
York Street Campus
June Brackett, RN, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)
Kathryn Dias, RN, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) (6-1)
Lauren Edwards, RN, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Faith Hunt, RN, Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Margaret Meglin, RN, General Medicine (10-7/8)
Oni Muhammad, RN, Women's Center
Linda Nugent, RN, Pediatric Surgery Center
Jillian Orlando, RN, Children's Specialty
Meighann Recile, RN, Observation Unit
Jennifer Savino, RN, Infusion and Day Hospital
Kate Thompson, RN, Cardiac Step-down Unit
Sarah Valerie, RN, Labor and Birth
Saint Raphael Campus
Anna Andreozzi, RN, TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center
Karly Bender, RN, Cardiothoracic Step-down Unit
Lynn Dell, RN, Ambulatory Surgery/Multi-Specialty Clinic
Jeremy Estes, RN, Medical/Cardiac Telemetry/Stroke Unit
Patrick Ferguson, RN, SICU
Paula Johnson, RN, Family Outpatient Clinic
Lisa Liquori, RN, CTICU
Danielle Niedzwiecki, RN, Orthopedics Rehabilitation Unit
Celeste Potter, RN, CTICU
Monica Scott, RN, Ambulatory Surgery Multi-Specialty Clinic