Mount Sinai Announces 2014 Annual Excellence in Nursing Practice Award Recipients

 – May 20, 2014 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens culminated its National Nurses Week celebration by recognizing 15 nurses as leaders in innovation, education, research and patient care at its 33rd Annual Boards of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Nursing Practice on Tuesday, May 6. The award ceremony was one of several events honoring Mount Sinai nurses during the week-long celebration honoring contributions and commitments by nurses at Mount Sinai.

“I’m very proud to lead Mount Sinai’s nursing body, and salute our nurse who give tirelessly of themselves day in and day out,” said Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, The Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Associate Dean of Nursing and Research. “I am truly in awe of the talent of our recipients this year. They are fine examples of the caliber of nurses at our health system.”  

Participating in the ceremony were Boards of Trustee members: Susan R. Cullman and Patricia S. Levinson, who is the Department of Nursing representative on the Board’s Patient Care and Quality Assurance Committee. Ms. Cullman and her brother, Edgar M. Cullman, Jr., represent similar interests and concerns of their father, the late Edgar M. Cullman, Sr., who served on the Boards of Trustees for more than 50 years, and was a long-time supporter of excellence in nursing and patient care at Mount Sinai.

Award recipients included: Joshua Lasseigne, BSN, RN, CHPN, KP 6; Maureen Cannon, ANP, BC, NP, Dubin Breast Center; Margaret Ort, MSN, RN, CEN, Clinical Nurse, Interventional Radiology; Lindsay Condrat, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, GP 7Center; Syreeta Clement, MA, BSN, RNC, Clinical Nurse, KP5; Kristi Gourdine, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department; Timothy Pitta, BSN, RN, CCRN, CSICU; Shirin Agay, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse, CCU, Mount Sinai Heart; Deborah Hutchison, BSN, RNC, Clinical Coordinator, NICU; Miwa Saito, BSN, RN, Oncology; Denise Nepaulsingh, RN, PACU; Nicole Lewis, MSN, ANP-BC, CCRN  Clinical Nurse, SICU; Meliza Curray, BSN, RNC, Clinical Nurse, KP 7; Erin Spahic, BSN, RN, Mount Sinai Queens, Emergency Department; and Dechen Lama, BSN, RN, Mount Sinai Queens, 4 East.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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