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NYM salutes dedicated nursing staff - It’s a wonderful time to be a nurse, staffers proclaim

Through their endless hard work and devotion, nurses at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) make invaluable contributions to patients in the Brooklyn community. In order to recognize the high level of excellence exemplified by its registered nurses, nurse technicians and unit secretaries, NYM recently held its annual Nurse of Distinction Award Ceremony.

“Today, we’re taking the opportunity to come together as one group and acknowledge the accomplishments of our nursing staff,” said Rebecca Flood, RN, senior vice president for nursing.

Wayne Christie, RN, associate director of nursing, also praised the nursing staff at NYM. “Today’s celebration reinforces that New York Methodist Hospital is a wonderful place and that this is a wonderful time to be a part of nursing,” he said.

Among those honored was Nicole Passione, RN, recipient of the 2008 Nurse of Distinction Award. A resident of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, Passione has been an employee of New York Methodist Hospital since November 2006 and works in the pulmonary unit. She said that she is truly honored to be named the 2008 Nurse of Distinction. “I’ve learned so much from the other nurses in my unit; they have really helped me enhance my nursing skills,” said Passione. “It’s a great feeling to be able to represent my unit in this ceremony.”

The following employees also received awards during the ceremony: Agnes Brooks, RN, mother-baby unit, resident of Edison, New Jersey; Anna Markovinovic, RN, neonatal intensive care unit, resident of Borough Park, Brooklyn; Barbara Chmura, RN, 7 North, resident of Rockaway, Brooklyn; Bon Garcia, RN, 6 North, resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Capucine Lambert, RN, Infill 4, resident of Flatbush, Brooklyn; Catherine Davis, RN, Infill 4, resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn; Denise Samuels, RN, Infill 5, resident of Flatbush, Brooklyn; Diane Helmy, RN, ASC, resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Fedna Norelus, RN, Infill 3, resident of Borough Park, Brooklyn; Jennifer Burton, RN, 8 North, resident of East New York, Brooklyn; Maria Domenech, RN, 7 South, resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Mary Poniros, RN, 6 South, resident of White Plains, New York; Minalix Rodriguez, RN, labor & delivery, resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Olesya Matveyeva, RN, emergency department, resident of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Sharon Baoas, RN, 8 South, resident of Flatbush, Brooklyn; Sonya Preudhommer, RN, endoscopy, resident of Flatbush, Brooklyn; Theresa Almazar, RN, progressive care unit, resident of Woodside, Queens; Uchenna Okoro, RN, infill 6, resident of Flatbush, Brooklyn; Victoria Dolgopoloff, RN, critical care units, resident of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Yong Pang, RN, hemodialysis, resident of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Nurse technician Kathleen Neville, infill 6, resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn and unit secretary Nester Ramos, MBU, resident of Red Hook, Brooklyn were also honored.

For more about nursing opportunities at New York Methodist Hospital, go to, click on careers, and then select nursing recruiting.

New York Methodist Hospital is located at 506 Sixth Street between Seventh & Eighth avenues.

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