Nurses recognized at Griffin Hospital
DERBY — Griffin Hospital recently honored its nursing staff of more than 350 at its 33nd Annual Nurse Day Celebration.
The nursing staff were treated to hors d’oeuvres, raffles and award presentations to those nurses who provided exceptional care during the year.
Carol Lauer of Naugatuck, Gene Brazee of Plymouth, Maria Cantito of Middlebury, and Heather McFarland of Southbury, were named winners of the 2019 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Award celebrates outstanding nurses and elevates the nursing profession. The goals of the Nightingale Award program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Ashley D’Agostino of Oakville, clinical educator in Professional Development, received the 2019 Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award.
As a nurse at Griffin for more than 10 years, D’Agostino started in Griffin’s Telemetry Unit and has grown into an exceptional clinician and compassionate patient advocate. She transitioned to the hospital’s Critical Care Unit and recently became an educator for the Department of Professional Development.