Deborah Names Nurses of the Year

During this year’s nursing week ceremony, Deborah recognized the nominees and winners of the Nurses of the Year Award.

This year’s winners were Whitney Oster, RN, Unit Coordinator of the Year; Jeanette Maxwell-Spaeth, RN, Patient Care/Nursing Assistant of the Year; Vivian Grupico, RN, Specialty Nurse of the Year; and Jessica Ahearn, RN, Nurse of the Year.

Each year Deborah’s nursing staff joins in the national celebration of Nurses Week. Timed to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale—who is considered to be the founder of modern day nursing—Nurses Week is a time to reflect and celebrate on the significant contributions made by nurses, nursing assistants, and patient care providers throughout the country.

Rita Zenna, RN, Deborah’s Vice President of Patient Care Services recognized the hard work and compassion of Deborah’s nurses throughout the year, noting, “You go to the doctor to diagnose you, but to the nurse to save you.”

Also on hand to celebrate during the ceremony, was grateful patient Trachell Syphax, who shared her love of the Hospital and the nurses who she considers family.

Nurses Week is also an important time to recognize significant donors who support the Hospital’s nursing program, including philanthropist James Klinghoffer—who spearheads the Hospital’s nursing scholarship program—as well as various nursing week activities.

Nurses of the Year

From left: Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO; Whitney Oster, RN, Unit Coordinator of the Year; Jeanette Maxwell-Spaeth, RN, Patient Care/Nursing Assistant of the Year; Grateful Patient Trachell Syphax; Jessica Ahearn, RN, Nurse of the Year; Rita Zenna, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Deborah; and Vivian Grupico, RN, Specialty Nurse of the Year.