Families and staff congratulated recipients of the 18th annual Rose Black Nursing Excellence and seventh annual LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice awards during Nurses Week celebrations at The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) on May 9.
The awards were presented by Matthew Choate, Chief Nursing Officer, as well as leaders and colleagues who work alongside the recipients. “The Rose Black Nursing Excellence Award is given to a nurse who exemplifies the best aspects of nursing practice,” said Choate. “The LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice Award is given to an LNA or nursing support team member who demonstrates care, compassion, and clinical excellence. Both awards celebrate the character of Rose Black and her commitment to lifelong service to others in recognizing professional, compassionate, caregivers with bright, positive attitudes.”
The Rose Black Award is named for the philanthropist born Raissa Vasilevskaya in Ukraine. In line with her own life of service and Jewish faith, Black treasured the service offered by others. It was in this spirit of gratitude she sought to establish the annual Rose Black Award for Nursing Excellence at CVMC, where she was treated beginning in 2000 after arriving in Vermont. Members of Black’s family, including daughter Edith Black Zfass and granddaughter Deborah Black, MDCM, a CVMC neurologist, attended the ceremony.
“I am so proud of our nursing colleagues and their dedication to excellence in patient care,” said CVMC’s President and COO, Anna Tempesta Noonan. “This week we honor the exceptional talent our entire nursing care team demonstrates every day in meeting the needs of our patients, our nursing home residents, and their families.”
Rose Black Awards are given to three nurses—one each at the hospital, Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing and CVMC Medical Group Practices. The Licensed Nursing Assistant Excellence in Clinical Practice Award recognized LNAs from the hospital and Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing.
Rose Black Award:
Cassidy Colston, RN, Woodridge
Doug Darrow, RN, Nurse Resource Pool
Terri Sincyr, LPN, Medical Group Practices
LNA Excellence in Clinical Practice Award:
Elise Duprey, LNA, Ambulatory Care
Tina Ellis, LNA, Woodridge
Photo caption: CVMC Rose Black Award recipients, pictured with Chief Nursing Officer Matthew Choate, far left, and President and Chief Operating Officer Anna Tempest Noonan, far right. From left, Cassidy Colston, RN, Doug Darrow, RN, Elise Duprey, LNA, Tina Ellis, LNA, Terri Sincyr, LPN.
About The University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center
Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) is the primary health care provider for 66,000 people who live and work in central Vermont. We provide 24-hour emergency care and offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services at the main hospital and CVMC’s 23 community-based medical group practices. These include two ExpressCare clinics, open 7 days a week, and CVMC's Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing, a 153-bed long- and short-term care facility. Our professional staff includes more than 200 physicians and 70 advanced practice providers representing 25 medical specialties.
We employ more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees and depend upon hundreds of volunteers and donors who help carry out our mission of working collaboratively to meet the needs and improve the health of our community.
Central Vermont Medical Center is a member of OneCareVermont, the statewide accountable care organization.
About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. Our partners include:
▪ The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
▪ The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
▪ The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
▪ The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health and Hospice
Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.