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Nurses Week 2006 – Always There, Ready to Care

May, 2006 found Frankford Nurses being celebrated for the exceptional care they provide.  The Clinical Excellence Luncheon was held on May 9, 2006.  The Clinical Excellence Award winners from each unit were recognized their for commitment to providing patients with the very best nursing care, as well as their dedication to promoting the well being of patients and families at Frankford Hospital.

This years recipients include:

Torresdale Campus: Carol Ross, Observation Unit; Sharon Clark, ER; Karen Schneider, OR/SPU; Susan Conley, SPU; Maureen Kelly, 2A; Cheryl Fazio, 2B; Betty Wood 2C; Megan DeMayo, LDRP; Linda Patrick, NICU; John Canelli, 3A; Betty Jefferson, 3B; Mike Potero, Cath Lab; Shari Glaskin, EPS; Elaine Kilroy, 3C; Eileen Snyder, OR, Leslie Schommer, CT/OR; Christine McKeever, PACU; Susan O”Toole, Endoscopy; Wendy Greiner, ICU; Elissa Maloney, 4A; Debbie Schwartz, 4B; Megan Trinsey, Float Pool

Frankford Campus: Joseph Arceiri, ICU; Anne Mulvenna, ER; William Clark, OR; Lisa Yost, PACU/SP”U; Martha Lynch, 4E; Sue Motto, 4W; Diane Oliveri, 5E, Maryann Makem, 5W.

Bucks Campus: Gail Hudak, ER; Linda Markey, 1 North; Susan Staffieri, 1 South; Sarah Semanick, 2 West; Doreen Pietropoli, 2 North; Dannette Lovina, ICU; Gita Sampat, OR.

Celebrating Frankford Nurses

Frankford Hospitals’ Department of Nursing Annual Report 2005

Frankford Nurses: Front and Center!

  • The Southeaster Pennsylvania Chapter (SePA) of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses held an Evening Half-Day Education Program at Frankford Torresdale on November 17. Speakers included Rose Shaffer, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN, President of SePA (Interventional vs. Medical Management of Coronary Artery Disease), Lorraine Micheletti , MA, RN, CCRN (Bloodless Medicine/Surgery) and Barbara Pope, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS (Providing Safe Passage for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient.) Judy Verger, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, Chairperson of AACN's Certification Corporation spoke regardin nursing certification. 54 nurses from the region attended this program.

  • Bea Leyden, RN, BSN, CCRN was appointed to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' (AACN) Fall Board Advisory Team. Ms. Leyden is the Magnet Program Coordinator in the Department of Nursing.


  • Rachel Derr, RNC, MSN recently received her Masters Degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix.  She works part time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Torresdale Campus. She is also currently an instructor at LaSalle University.


  • Bruce Alan Boxer PhD, RN, CEN, a staff nurse in the Emergency Room at Frankford Hospital,Torresdale Campus, recently received his Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies and Public Health degree from Temple University. Dr. Boxer’s dissertation topic was “The Relationship between Patient and Provider Expectations of Asthma Management and their Effect on Asthma Control.”

  • Safety Stars Program Inspires Patient Safety Initiatives
    By Kristin Rothwell, associate editor

    A multidisciplinary team of nurses, physicians, allied health care staff and others at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are participating on the hospitalÆs Safety Star Committee to improve patient safety.

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  • Frankford Nurses Honored at 2005 Nursing Spectrum Gala

    Finalist for Nursing Spectrum’s Nurse Excellence Awards (seated, front row L-R) are Cathy Markey, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, (Teaching), Michael Beshel, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, Director of Nursing Operations (Leadership), Lori Jones-Flak, RN, CCRN (Advancing the Profession).  Not pictured are finalists Cindy Rizzo, RN, BSN, CCRN (Clinical Care) and Clare Marie Tack, RN, MSN, CCRN (Advancing the Profession). 

    Additional Frankford Nurses attended the event including, (back row L-R Lynne Booz, Maureen Clancy, Sandra Fisher,  Beth Smialowski,  Alice Steinhauser, Jill Lightkep, Fred Manthai; (front row standing L-R) Mindy Schwart,z , Dot Wojtylak, Eileen Smith,  Kate Shields, Anita Mohn Hamilton.

  • Michael Beshel, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN, CNA, BC, who is the Director of Nursing Operations at Frankford Hospitals (Bucks, Frankford and Torresdale Campuses), recently received his Nursing Administration certification. The CNA, BC (Certified in Nursing Administration, Board Certified) is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • Janet Lynch, RN, CEN, an emergency room staff nurse at Torresdale Campus, was the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for 2004. In this role, she serves as a liaison to the National ENA, the PA State Council, as well as local hospital Emergency Departments, local Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) and local members. The ENA supports continuing education, addresses professional issues and serves as a resource for emergency nurses.
    Ms. Lynch has also fulfilled other various roles in the ENA, including Chapter Secretary (2002) Pennsylvania State Delegate (2002, 2003, 2004) and is a member of the State Education Committee. She has also served as Vendor Chairperson (2002) and is currently Auction Chairperson (2005) for Horizons, a statewide educational conference.

  • Rachel Derr, RNC, BSN, a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Frankford Hospital - Torresdale, was recently chosen to present The Theory of Neonatal Trimodal Care and Adaptation in a poster session at the Pennsylvania Nurses Practice Showcase on October 22, 2004.  The Showcase was held during the annual Pennsylvania Nurses' Association Summit in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

  • Frankford Nurse Receives SePA Award
    This year, a Frankford Hospital Critical Care nurse, Cindy Rizzo, RN, BSN, CCRN, was the recipient of the prestigious SePA Excellence in Critical Care Practice Award. This award recognizes a critical care nurse who embodies and exemplifies the principles of critical care nursing practice.

  • Marge Worner, RN, CNOR, was recently elected president of the Buxmont Chapter of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) for the 2004-2005 term.

    Some of Marge's duties as president include chairing the chapter's board meetings, planning their mini-Congress, as well as organizing fund-raising and educational activities.

    After attending a leadership conference in 2004 at AORN headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Marge has set a personal goal to promote her chapter's growth and development.

    Congratulations, Marge!

  • Cathy Markey, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, Nurse Staff Educator, presented "Traumatic Stress Syndrome" at 2004 TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing. 

    This regional conference was held in October at the Adam's Mark Hotel. It was sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SePA) Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).