Women & Infants continued its tradition of recognizing excellence within the hospital with special awards created in honor of a pair of dynamic and dedicated individuals and presented at the hospital's 128th Annual Meeting on December 13th.
The Richard P. Welch Award for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care was presented to Margie DiPetrillo of Cranston, a hostess in Security, who received the non-clinical award, and Karen Lowe, RN, of Greenville, registered nurse in Triage, who received the clinical award.
Mary Welch, wife of the late Dick Welch for whom the award is named, said, "Karen is known for her personal touches – writing poems for co-workers, celebrating a milestone or buying coffee for families who have waited a long time in Triage.Margie is noted for her ability to connect with coworkers, patients and families."
Cindy Robin, RN, of Smithfield, a nurse on the Mother/Baby Units, received the Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing.In presenting the award, Carol Opiekun, RN, interim senior vice president for Patient Care Services, said, "Cindy is observant and proactive. She will help without being asked and speaks up when she has a concern. She is the type of nurse all physicians, nurse managers, patients and coworkers wish they could work with more. On behalf of the hospital, I'd like to thank you for your clinical excellence and compassionate approach to patient care."