Nursing Awards and Recognition

Setting New Standards for Superior Patient Care

Montefiore nurses never lose sight of our mission to ensure that all of our patients receive compassionate, diligent and proactive care, as reflected in the widespread recognition our nurses receive for their pursuit of excellence.

2017 Awards & Honors

Montefiore is proud to share a selection of staff accolades and awards reflecting excellence in patient care, research and commitment to the community.

2017 Professional Nurse Awards

Advanced Practice
Hilda Haynes – NW2, Moses
Carmel Boland – Reardon, Wakefield

Career Achievement
Christine Croke - MICU, Einstein
Susan Fahey – 5N, Wakefield

Charge Nurse
Mary Karidis – 5N, Wakefield
Alva Parnell – 4N, Wakefield
Pauline Henderson – 7S, Wakefield

Critical Care Nurse of the Year
Ivy Downer – ICU, Wakefield
Diane Limbaga – NICU, Wakefield

Licensed Practical Nurses
Shamika Cunningham – NW3, Moses
Samantha Alvarado, MMG
Denise Charles, MMG
Cynthia Williams, MMG
Aylair James - FCC, MMG
Janet Jackson – FCC, MMG
Mary Grainger – MAP 8, MMG

Non-Nursing Coordinator
Juliet Cefaloni – 5N, Wakefield
Shane Denneny – 5N/ICU, Wakefield

Novice Critical Care Nurse
Miriam Lapin – SICU, Moses

Novice Nurse
NimmyMartinus –NW6, Moses
Elizabeth Donofrio – CHAM 10, Moses
Angelica Staib, 7S, Einstein
Yaniek McDonald – 5N, Wakefield
Marie Gelin – 4E, Wakefield

Nurse Educator
NordiaByfield – Learning Network, Moses
Ann Brennan--Einstein
Jason Garcia – 3N, Wakefield

Nurse Manager/Nurse Leader
Theresa Letizia – CSICU, Moses
Doris Brown – NW7, Moses
Nicole Essein – Klau 4, Moses
ChetramRamkaran--Cardiac Cath, Einstein
Marie Morelli – 6E/6N, Wakefield
Ann-Marie Murphy--MMG
Walkiris Cruz-Perez--MMG

Nurse Teams
NW7, Moses
CSICU, Moses
Klau 5, Moses
Adult ED, Moses
6 North--Labor & Delivery, Einstein

Nursing Support Associate
FoodeDaabo – NW7, Moses
Elvy Morrison – MICU, Moses
Judith Brown – Klau 5, Moses
Melissa Lindsay – CHAM 8, Moses
Flora Perlleshi--9N, Einstein
Bertha Ortiz--9N, Einstein
Andrea Lyons – 7S, Wakefield
Lisa Oscar – 7S, Wakefield
Carmel Mier – ICU, Wakefield
Sara Cueto – ED, Wakefield
Shatasia Smith – Women’s Health, Wakefield

Patient Care Coordinator
Marissa Aurellano – SICU, Moses
Pearl Thompson – DOSA, Moses
LinetOjwang – Klau 4, Moses
Victoria Kiely – CHAM 8, Moses
Chull Park – Adult ED, Moses
Janice Wynter – NW7, Moses
Candice Castro – 6N, Einstein

Patient Safety Ambassador
Evelyn Medina – MICU, Moses

Patient Safety and Skin Ambassador
Danahan Johnson--7S, Einstein
Hyacinth Clark- Belgrove – 6N, Wakefield
Nezi Tsar – 6E, Wakefield
Cleudyn (Cleo) Jiminez-Desgouttes–3N, Wakefield
Yvonne Williams – 5N, Wakefield
BintouJobarteh – ICU, Wakefield
Easter Pacione – 4S, Wakefield

Registered Nurse of the Year
Laura Shapiro – F6B, Moses
Bernita Stewart--SICU, Moses
Margaret Servello – Peds ED, Moses
Christina Rohan – CHAM 9, Moses
Selena Thomas – NW7, Moses
Sunitha Monahan – Klau 5, Moses
Alpha Guillerno –Klau 4, Moses
Angela Ambersille – NW2, Moses
Mirielle Joseph – 10N, Einstein
Sivoy Harris – 6N, Wakefield
Valene McInnis – 5N, Wakefield
Sonia Palmer – ICU, Wakefield
Carmelite Williams – 7S, Wakefield
Esther Asantewa – 4N, Wakefield
John Drummond – 4S, Wakefield
Christopher James – ED, Wakefield
LaizaMadathilparaambil – Radiology, Wakefield
FelenDumlao – Renal Dialysis, Wakefield
Lisa Lagravinese – GI Endoscopy, Wakefield

Research Nurse of the Year
Leah Kelly – 4E, Wakefield

2016 Awards & Honors

Montefiore is proud to share a selection of recent staff accolades, awards and appointments reflecting leadership and excellence in patient care, research and commitment to the community.

Veronica Butt, RN, MS, Wakefield Campus, received the Joan H. Bilder Award, the special nursing award given in memory of Joan Bilder, RN, MSN, to encourage and continue the excellence in clinical nursing practice that she believed in. Ms. Bilder was the Associate Director of Nursing at Weiler Hospital when she died of cancer in 1987.

Ms. Butt attained her BSN and MS in nursing from Long Island University, and is currently working toward her post-master’s certificate to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at Lehman College. Ms. Butt’s colleagues on the critical care team of Montefiore’s Wakefield Campus have affectionately given her the nickname of “Florence Nightingale” due to her judgment, knowledge and tireless pursuit of improving the quality of care her patients receive. Ms. Butt holds an Advanced Critical Care Certificate and is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau. She has also served as a preceptor for novice nurses, as well as students.

Nurses Week: 2016 Montefiore Professional Awards

During Nurses Week, the 2016 Montefiore Professional Awards ceremony honored the following nurses, dedicated professionals who lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and  accountability for practice and research. Their passion comes from personalizing the care of every patient they encounter. 

Licensed Practical Nursing Award… Sandra Carmichael – F7B, Moses

Persaud Balwant – NW6, Moses

Novice Nurse of the Year …. Carlo Cabal – 6 North, Wakefield
Christian Castellanos – 6 North, Wakefield
Janine Jacob – 5 North, Wakefield
Mark DeJesus – 4 East, Wakefield
Silicia Allen – 4 South, Wakefield
Cassandra Castro – 5 South, Einstein
Kamal Hill – Klau 7, Moses
Carolina Hernandez – NW2, Moses
Stephanie Zittell – MICU, Moses

Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year… Ronette Shaw – 4 South, Wakefield
Kamilah A. Dowling – Plastic Surgery, Moses

Patient Care Coordinator of the Year … Sandra Young – 9 South, Einstein
Gilbert Jumpp – Klau 5, Moses
Monique Defreitas-Gordon – DOSA, Moses
Ava Benjamin – CHAM 10
Janice Wynter – NW7, Moses
Lora Smith-Johnson – F6B, Moses
Mauricia Attry – Radiology, Moses
Eileen Tierney – ED, Moses

Nursing Support Associate… Aydee Jimenez – 3 North, Wakefield
Jaime Siochi – ICU, Wakefield
Lileth Gray – 5 North, Wakefield
Martha Fonseca – 4 East, Wakefield
Constance Afriyie – 5 South, Einstein
Patricia Constanza – SICU, Moses
Ann Marie Rodriguez – NW7/NW8, Moses
Michael Baez – CHAM 10, Moses
Nemalyn Cayanan – ED, Moses
Indra (Indrotie) Somwaru – Klau 8, Moses
Vanna Nou – Comprehensive Family Care Center, MMG

Career Achievement Award… Lynette Watts – 4 North, Wakefield

Nurse Educator of the Year… Susan Sakalian, Moses
Maria Cullaro, Moses

Patient Safety and Skin Ambassador… Keturah Learmond – 9 South, Einstein

Nurse Leader/Manager... Amor Espino, ANM ICU, Wakefield
Andrea McGowan – 6 North, Einstein
Pio Paunon – Foreman 7AW, Moses
Lisa LaFalce – Nursing Resource Center, Moses
Ilene Osbourne – Family Care Center, MMG
Andrea Feitosa – Bartow Avenue, MMG
Maude Benjamin – MAP 8, MMG

Registered Nurse of the Year … Elizabeth Gordills – 9 North, Einstein
Angela Samuel – 5 South, Einstein
Diane Ziemba – NW6, Moses
Gina Benvenuto – SICU, Moses
Elizabeth Churchill – CHAM 10
Tameka Roebuck – ED, Moses
Heather Henry – Klau 8, Moses

Nursing Team Award… 4 East Rehab Med, Wakefield
6 East Ortho/Surgery, Wakefield
G.I. Endoscopy, Wakefield
Labor and Delivery, Wakefield
7 South, Einstein
NW6, Moses
CCU, Moses

Non-Nursing Coordinator… Rose Marie Miller – Klau 4/Klau 5, Moses

Charge Nurse…Karlene Bullens – 4 North, Wakefield

Nursing Research Award… Farley Villarente, ICU, Wakefield

2015 Awards & Honors

Nurses Week: 2015 Montefiore Professional Awards

During Nurses Week, the 2015 Montefiore Professional Awards ceremony honored the following nurses, dedicated professionals who lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and  accountability for practice and research. Their passion comes from personalizing the care of every patient they encounter. 

2014 Awards and Recognition

2012 Awards and Recognition