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Twelve Masonicare Nurses Recognized with Nightingale Awards For Excellence in Nursing

May 22, 2012

Photo:  Twelve outstanding nurses who work throughout the Masonicare continuum received Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing.  They were photographed at a celebratory recognition breakfast held at Masonicare at Ashlar Village prior to the statewide award galas.

 Front – L to R:  Kimberly Doerfler, Maria Helena Sola, Tammy Casson, Nancy Walker, Jackie Murillo, Jo-Ann Persson

 Rear – L to R:  William Phinney, Irene Waterman, Amy Crowell, Vanessa Doyle, Michelle Welles-Ferraro, Donna Dow-Conklin

 Photos by John Atashian

Wallingford, CT, May 15, 2012……..At special dinner and awards galas held on May 10 at four locations throughout Connecticut, Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to 12 nurses nominated by Masonicare.  The Nightingale Awards program recognizes hundreds of nurses throughout Connecticut for their dedication, commitment and generous contributions to the field of nursing. The program is open and inclusive of all healthcare settings — hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care, nursing schools, agencies and medical practices. 

The following nurses were recognized for their outstanding service to Masonicare:

            Masonicare Health Center (Wallingford)

            Vanessa Doyle, RN, BSN
Maria Helena Sola, RN
Irene Waterman, LPN         
Michelle Welles-Ferraro, RN

             Masonicare at Newtown

             Jackie Murillo, RN

             Masonicare Home Health & Hospice (Statewide)

             Tammy Casson, LPN (Wallingford)
             Amy Crowell, LPN (Wallingford)
Kimberly Doerfler, RN (Wallingford)
Jo-Ann Persson, RN (Brookfield @ Newtown)
William Phinney, RN (East Lyme)

             Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice (East Hartford)

            Nancy Walker, RN, BSN
            Donna Dow-Conklin, RN, BSN, MSN        

 This year, at the twelfth annual Nightingale Awards presentations, these special nurses were honored at concurrent award dinners held in Groton, Hartford, Stamford and Wallingford.  

Stephen B. McPherson, President and CEO of Masonicare, said, “As a continuum, Masonicare embraces a wide range of nursing practice — including long-term care, home health, hospice and acute care as well as management, quality oversight and education. These 12 individuals join more than 100 previously honored Masonicare nurses in being role models for others in our organization and helping us nurture and develop the nurses of tomorrow.” 

Wallingford-based Masonicare is Connecticut’s leading not-for-profit provider of  healthcare and retirement living for seniors.

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