Six Albany Med Nurses Honored with Prestigious Pillars of Nursing Award


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Six Albany Med Nurses Honored with Prestigious Pillars of Nursing Award

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May 8, 2013 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., May 8, 2013 - Six Albany Medical Center nurses were honored Tuesday for excellence in patient care and leadership with the annual Pillars of Nursing Award - the highest nursing award bestowed by the Center.

Mary Ellen Plass, RN, MS, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, noted the symbolism of naming the award after the distinctive pillars at the main entrance of Albany Med.

"They are strong, and they hold up to any challenge," she said. "This is what each and every nurse strives for daily."

The Pillars of Nursing Award recipients are:

Angela Zambella of Latham, RN, BSN, Coronary Care Unit
Dan Dermott of St. Johnsville, RN, Cardio Pulmonary Surgery (CPS)
Charles O'Donnell of Delmar, CNS, Psychiatry
Kathy Purcell of Troy, RN, Department of HIV Medicine
Scott Wies of Albany, RN, Emergency Department
Susan Dillon of Averill Park, Nurse Manager, CPS/Vascular Intensive Care Unit

"Our Pillars recipients are committed to organizational success, as well as success in achieving positive patient outcomes," said Jennifer Cassin, RN, MS, patient care service director. "They are high achievers. They are described as teachers, planners, mentors, innovators and caregivers. This is what sets us apart."

Note that May 6-12 is National Nurses Week.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: or


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