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One Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Hudson Valley’s 2021 Excellence in Nursing Awards honored the area’s top nurses nominated by their superiors while highlighting a special Top 20 Nurses chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. We are also proud to award a scholarship to local High School Senior, Samantha Merced, on her quest to become a nurse. Congratulations all of this year’s honorees!

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Hudson Valley’s 2022 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Save The Date!
May 4, 2022
The Grandview
Poughkeepsie, NY

Check back later in the year for 2022 nomination details.

Since 1972, Hudson Valley Magazine has been the authority on the people, places and activities that define the beautiful and ever-evolving Hudson Valley region. A division of Today Media, Hudson Valley also publishes Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings, Focus on Albany, and the Casino Guide; features a vibrant website, hvmag.com; produces a weekly e-newsletter called Hudson Valley Today; and hosts several signature events, including the Best of Hudson Valley® Party, Burger & Beer Bash, and the Women in Business Awards.

Hudson Valley Magazine is an award-winning monthly regional publication whose mission is to produce a high quality magazine that informs, entertains, and investigates life in the vibrant community it serves.

Nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Nursing Awards are CLOSED.

Check back here later in the year for details on 2022 nominations.

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Hudson Valley Magazine has proudly been honoring nurses for more than a decade. Never have nurses been more essential and appreciated than now in their unexpected new roles on the front line.

Join Us in Congratulating our 2021 Excellence in Nursing honorees.

Our Top 20 Nurses

Blessy Benjamin-Mammem, RN
NewYork-Presbyterian
Hudson Valley Hospital

Deborah Berrios, LPN
CareMount Medical

Meghan Betanzos, RN
Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Mara Canlas
Hudson Valley Hospice

Jean Casadone, RN
Putnam Hospital–Nuvance Health

Ella Chasse
Putnam Hospital–Nuvance Health

Sue Curry, RN, MSN, APRC,
ACNS-BC, RN-BC, AE-C
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Lynette DeBellis, BSN
MidHudson Regional Hospital of
Westchester Medical Center

Dawn Filippone, RN, CCRN
St. John’s Riverside Hospital

Karley Flinn, RN, OCN
Northern Dutchess Hospital–Nuvance Health

Jennifer Hamm, RN
Northern Dutchess Hospital–Nuvance Health

Tami Harrah, ADN, BSN
Trinity-Pawling School Health Center

Monica Houshower RN, BSN
PAZ Management

Jerelyn Osoria Julian, MSN, RN, OCN
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-Westchester

Erica Knapp, RN, BSN, TNCC,
ACLS, BLS, PALS, CEN
Vassar Brother Medical Center–Nuvance Health

Matt Lazarski, ICU, CCU, RN
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Barbara Marshall, RN
The Pines at Poughkeepsie
Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation

Melissa Morales, ICU, RN, BSN
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Cheryl Rifenburgh, LPN
ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home

Gina Williamson, BSN, RN
Anderson Center for Autism

2021 Class of Nurses

Debbie Amico, RN, CCRN, ACLS, PALS, BLS
Vassar Brothers Medical Center-Nuvance Health

Mary Arnold, RN,CHPLN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Nikia Blauvelt, RN, BSN
Vassar Brothers Medical Center-Nuvance Health

Erica Bradley, RN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Rebecca Butler, LPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Danica Deldin
Hudson Valley Hospice

Tara Doran
ENT & Allergy Associates

Jolene Gaer, RN, CHPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Michele Hoopnarine, LPN
Westmed Medical Group

Ricardo King, LP
Hudson Valley Hospice

Courtney Kurkela, LPN
Premier Medical Group

Kevin Levack, RN, BSN, CHPN, WCC
Hudson Valley Hospice

Kathleen Lowing, RN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Jennifer Minklker, BSN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Innoh Ngbodi, RN
Vassar Brothers Medical Center-Nuvance Health

Matilda Osei-Afriyie, LPN
Westmed Medical Group

Courtney Powell
Hudson Valley Hospice

Thomas Schwarz, RN, CHPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Danielle Scofield, LNP, CHLPN, WCC
Hudson Valley Hospice

Hope Streeter, LPN, CHLPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Joel Strock, RN, CHLPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Coreena Valentino, LNP
Premier Medical Group

Michael Williams, LNP
Hudson Valley Hospice

Past Honorees

2020

Matthew Agazzi-Cowton, RN, LPN
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Vana Cabibbo, BSN, RN, OCN, ONS-ONCC
WESTMED Medical Group

H. Janelle Carr, DNP
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Debbie Chakansky, RN
New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Patrica Churna, BSN, RN
MidHudson Regional Hospital

Kim Connelly, RN, BSN, MSN
St. Anthony Community Hospital

Donna Engle, RN, BSN, CHPN
Hudson Valley Hospice

Nancy Fox, MS, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CNML
Phelps Hospital Northwell Health

Kim Jablonski, MSN, CMRSN
Garnet Health Medical Center

Eileen Karle, LPN, CHLPN, BS
Hudson Valley Hospice

Roberta Keogan, RN, RNC-OB
CareMount Medical

Lori Lang, BSN, RN, OCN
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Paula Nigri, LPN
CareMount Medical

Tafford Oltz, RN, TCRN, CFRN, CCRN
MidHudson Regional Hospital

Stephanie Paruolo, MSN, RN
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

Andres Salcedo, RN, BSN
White Plains Hospital

Karen Schaffer, RN-BC
Good Samaritan Hospital

Susan Siew, RN
WMC Health Alliance

Marissa Tamburi, RN, MSN, MED
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at WMC

Kayla Valentine, RN
WMC HealthAlliance: Broadway Campus

2020 Class of Nurses

Sunshine Abel, LPN

WESTMED Medical Group

 

 

Miriam Arroon BSN, MSN

The Lutheran Care Center

 

 

Matthew Agazzi-Cowton, RN, LPN

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Courtney Brenner, LPN

The Thompson House (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Ashonte Brown, LPN

Golden Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

 

 

Sharol Burney, BSN, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Rebecca Butler, LPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Vana Cabibbo, BSN, RN, OCN, ONS-ONCC

WESTMED Medical Group

 

 

Eileen Capulli, LPN

Premier Medical Group of The Hudson Valley

 

 

H. Janelle Carr, DNP

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Evelyn Caska, BSN, RN, AHNCC

The Center for Discovery

 

 

Debbie Chakansky, RN

New York- Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

 

 

Renoka Chandra, LPN

WESTMED Medical Group

Patrica Churna, BSN, RN

MidHudson Regional Hospital

 

 

Annie Collabatista, BSN, RNC-MNN

White Plains Hospital

 

 

Jeannette Colon, BSN, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Weny Comier, LPN

Middletown Medical PC

 

 

Kim Connelly, RN, BSN, MSN

St. Anthony Community Hospital

 

 

Aimee Croce, BSN, RN

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Katie Dingersen, BSN, RN-BC

White Plains Hospital

 

 

Zephyr Dresser-Peck, RN

WMC HealthAlliance: Broadway Campus

 

 

Kathleen Dwy, BSN, MPH, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Stacey Edwards, LPN

CareMount Medical

 

 

Donna Engle, RN, BSN, CHPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Merritt Featherston, RN, ACLS, BLS

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Diana Fernandez, RN

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Aviva Fisher, BSN, MS, CADC, RN-BCLPN

NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

Michele Flores, LPN

Golden Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

 

 

Nancy Fox, MS, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CNML

Phelps Hospital Northwell Health

 

 

Shirley Gill, RN, BA

The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

 

 

Amanda Graner, RN

Mid Hudson Regional Hospital

 

 

Nora Higgins, BSN, CMSRN

Garnet Health Medical Center

 

 

Frances Hogan, RN, AS

The Brookmeade Community

 

 

Kim Jablonski, MSN, CMRSN

Garnet Health Medical Center

 

 

Kathleen (Kathy) Johnson, RN, CHPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Eileen Karle, LPN, CHLPN, BS

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Roberta Keogan, RN, RNC-OB

CareMount Medical

 

 

Lori Lang, BSN, RN, OCN

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 

 

Patty LaRose, RN, BSN, CHPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Cynthia Marsilio, RN, MSN, APN

Bon Secours Community Hospital

 

 

Danille Mayo-Fucile, BSN, RN

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Kathleen McKenzie, BSN, RN

Putnam Hospital Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Maria Menjivar, ASN

The Surgery Center at Orthopedic Associates

 

 

Gretchen Montazella, RN, BSN

Putnam Hospital Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Carrie Mosley, BSN

Woodland Pond

 

 

Alyssa Mouro, BSN

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

 

 

Emily Muzyka, RN, BSN, RN-BC

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

 

 

Innoh Ngbodi, BSN, RN-BC

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Ivelyn Nichols,BSN, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Paula Nigri, LPN

CareMount Medical

 

 

Tafford Oltz, RN, TCRN, CFRN, CCRN

MidHudson Regional Hospital

 

 

Megan Osofsky, RN, BSN,CHPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Anna Panek, BSN, RN, CLC

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Stephanie Paruolo, MSN, RN

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Barbara Reynolds, MSN, MA, RN-BC

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Isabella Robisheaux, RN, ASN

CareMount Medical

 

 

Jennifer Ross, BSN, RN

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Gigi Roy, BSN, MPH, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Jennifer Rubeo, RN

Premier Medical Group of The Hudson Valley

 

 

Sarah Ruggiero, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

Garnet Health Medical Center

 

 

Jamie Rusek, RN, BSN, CHPN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Andres Salcedo, RN, BSN

White Plains Hospital

 

 

Catherine Sanabria, BSN

White Plains Hospital

 

 

Jackie Savino, RN

Hudson Valley Hospice

 

 

Dana Sceppaquercia, BSN, RN

White Plains Hospital

 

 

Karen Schaffer, RN-BC

Good Samaritan Hospital

 

 

Althea Scott Bonaparte, BSN

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

 

 

Susan Siew, RN

WMC Health Alliance

Margaret Speedling, RN

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall

 

 

Marissa Tamburi, RN, MSN, MED

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at WMC

 

 

Georgette Taylor, BSN

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

 

 

Sarah Thompson, AASN, RN

Cornerstone Family Healthcare

 

 

Michelle Tierney, RN

Putnam Hospital Center (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Kristine Turcy-Cahill, BSN, RN

Northern Dutchess Hospital (Nuvance Health)

 

 

Kayla Valentine, RN

WMC HealthAlliance: Broadway Campus

 

 

Margaret Walotsky, RN

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

 

 

Kim Walsh, RN

CareMount Medical

 

 

Donna Warfloor, ASNC, RN

Westchester Medical Center

 

 

Dorota Wasila, RN, LPN, AND

CareMount Medical

 

 

Vanessa Weber, LPN

Premier Medical Group of The Hudson Valley

 

 

Sophie Williams, RN, BSN

The Thompson House (Nuvance Health)

Join Hudson Valley Magazine and healthcare professionals from across the region in celebrating the area’s top nurses at the Virtual 2021 Excellence in Nursing Awards. The May 2021 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine will list all of this year’s nominated nurses along with a special write-up on our top 20 nurses, based on specific criteria and judged by the magazine’s editors and medical professionals.

Sponsors will align themselves with high-level decision makers in the healthcare industry including hospitals, private practices, hospices, pediatric facilities, schools, research and educational institutions, as we celebrate nurses in the Hudson Valley.

2021 Excellence in Nursing Virtual Sponsor Booths

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Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall is a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to serving the health care needs of those in the Hudson Valley. In January 2002, St. Luke’s Hospital and The Cornwall Hospital merged to create an integrated health care delivery system, providing quality comprehensive health care services.

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CareMount Medical, P.C. is New York State’s premier multispecialty medical group, providing comprehensive care of the highest quality to over 665,000 patients. CareMount has more than 45 locations throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster counties and New York City.

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Hudson Valley Hospice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your loved ones when you are faced with an end-of-life situation.  Our specially trained staff provides skilled, compassionate care, comfort, support, time to reflect and hope at a vital time in life’s journey.

At the Mount, our core belief is: service matters. By lifting others up, Mount students spark greatness in themselves. Our highly respected School of Nursing instills the practical skills and values that turn caregivers into heroes. By challenging and inspiring students, we craft them into determined, hard-working, and compassionate nurses.

Visit Us at www.msmc.edu

Located in Cortlandt Manor, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, serves residents throughout Westchester, Putnam and lower Dutchess counties. It is part of NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare system, which offers seamless access to leading experts from ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in New York by U.S. News and World Report.

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Premier Medical Group provides patients with in-depth and compassionate care to treat the whole you in the fields of urology, gastroenterology, cardiology, rheumatology, neurology, podiatry, dermatology, gynecology, pediatrics, and internal medicine including pulmonology, endocrinology, nephrology, and family practice.

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