Six Day Kimball Healthcare Nurses Win Award for Excellence in Nursing


From L-R: Deborah Williams, RN – MCH, Jan St. Jean, RN – PACU, Nancy Zamagni, RN – Physician Office Practices, Mary Lussier, LPN – ACU, Kim Durand, RN – HomeCare. Missing from photo is Lorie Hamilton, RN – Med/Surg.

PUTNAM, CONNECTICUT - Day Kimball Healthcare is proud to announce that six nurses from various departments within the organization have been nominated for Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The annual event honors nurses for going above and beyond the call of duty in an array of clinical and educational environments.

The Day Kimball Healthcare Nightingale Award winners include; Lorie A. Hamilton, RN from Medical/Surgical Unit; Deborah Williams, RN from Maternal Child Health; Mary Lussier, LPN from the Ambulatory Care Unit; Nancy Zamagni, RN from Physician Practices; Kim Durand, RN from Day Kimball HomeCare; and Jan St. Jean, RN from the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.

“I think it’s wonderful that Day Kimball participated in this celebration for excellence in nursing,” said Carol Howland, RN, MSN, CNE, BC, vice president of patient care services. “We are extremely proud to have six of our nurses win a Nightingale Award and to have our organization specially acknowledged by Mary Lenzini, president, VNA Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. for our inaugural participation.”

The criteria for selection, as established by a panel of professionals, require that an honoree has:
• Made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession
• Gone “beyond the call” in a clearly illustrated scenario
• Demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected
• Shown commitment to the community served in a way that is significantly above the norm
• Achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena

The goals of the program are to focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level, to encourage retention and to address Connecticut's nursing shortage by inspiring future nurses.

Many of the State's major healthcare organizations and practitioners enthusiastically support the Nightingale program. Over 100 healthcare organizations, including hospitals, medical practices, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, nursing schools, and community health centers attended and nominated nurses for the special honor last year.