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OGH honors nurses at Hilal reception

Posted on: 05/10/2019

Olean General Hospital honored its nursing staff during the 17th annual Hilal Nursing Recognition Program May 10 in conjunction with the hospital’s National Nurses Week activities.

This event has been sponsored since 2002 by Drs. Ahmad and Naheed Hilal as an expression of their profound appreciation of the important work that nurses perform on a daily basis. The event honors a Nurse of Distinction, an Outstanding RN and LPN and an Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician at OGH.

The hospital presented its Nurse of Distinction Award to Tenisha Murphy, RN, and Nurse of Distinction in Education Award to Francesca Parry, RN. Joshua Clayson, RN, received the Outstanding Staff Nurse Award, Tiffany Lanza, LPN, was named Outstanding LPN, and Jackie Woods, nurse assistant, was selected as Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician.
Murphy and Parry were also nominees for the Western New York Professional Nurses Association Nurse of Distinction Award. Along with nurses from all Kaleida Health facilities, they were recognized in the May 5 edition of the Buffalo News and will be recognized at a dinner in Buffalo in June.

“We congratulate Tenisha, Francesca, Joshua, Tiffany and Jackie for their outstanding performance,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and Olean General Hospital. “These nurses each demonstrate exemplary leadership, compassion, and dedication. We thank them, and all of our nurses, for helping our hospital fulfill its mission of providing excellent care to those we serve.”

“The Hilal reception is the highlight of our week-long nurses’ celebration,” said Gail Bagazzoli, RN, vice president, quality and chief nursing officer, OGH. “I am proud of the passion our nurses have for their profession and especially for their commitment in caring for our community. For the past 17 years, Drs. Hilal and Hilal have sponsored this nursing recognition event and we thank them for their generosity, kindness, and support today and always. Happy Nurses Week to all of the dedicated nurses serving their communities.”

“We are very proud of our nurses. Their dedication, hard work, and compassion carries immense responsibility at a time when there are so many challenges in today’s healthcare across the nation. We have faith in them and applaud them for all that they do for our patients. When our patients are at their worst or at their best, our nurses are there for them. They know what it is like to be human and humane while experiencing resounding triumphs and overwhelming losses,” said Melody Stuckey, director, patient care services, quality.

Nominees for the 2019 Nurse of Distinction Award included Heidi Coats, RN, Christina Fusco, RN, Jennifer Lyons, RN, Tenisha Murphy, RN, and Hannah Presher, RN.

Nominees for the 2019 Nurse of Distinction in Education Award included Heather Faulkner, RN, Julie Hepker, RN, and Francesca Parry, RN.

Nominees for the Outstanding Staff Nurse included Joshua Clayson, RN, Andrea Foster, RN, Danielle Moran, RN, Melissa Webb, RN, Abigail Yanda, RN.

Nominees for Outstanding LPN included Judith Hoag, LPN, and Tiffany Lanza, LPN.

Nominees for Outstanding Nurse Assistant/Technician were Melanie Burroughs, NA, Donna Greene, NA, Jenna Helms, CNA, Sandra King, NA, and Jacquelyn Woods, ED technician.

Pictured, from left, are Tenisha Murphy, RN, Nurse of Distinction; Ahmad Hilal, MD, Tiffany Lanza, LPN, Outstanding LPN; Joshua Clayson, RN, Outstanding Staff Nurse; Francesca Parry, RN, Nurse of Distinction in Education; Naheed Hilal, MD. Not pictured, Jackie Woods, ED technician, Outstanding Nurse Assistant.

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