Release Date: 1/5/2012
Carol Cusumano receives Ellie Kennedy Memorial Award
From left, Ruth Southards, patient care coordinator of St. Anthony's Hospice Field Program; Cusumano, with the award; and Dr. Edward Burns, medical director of St. Anthony's Hospice program.
Carol Cusumano, R.N., CHPN, a nurse with St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Hospice program, was honored recently with the 2011 Ellie Kennedy Memorial Award. Cusumano was selected for the honor through a vote by her peers, for exemplifying the spirit of hospice.
The Ellie Kennedy award was established in 1992 by George Kennedy in memory of his wife, who helped found the Mercy Hospice Program in 1982 and was a volunteer for 10 years. Kennedy, along with his children and grandchildren, attended the awards ceremony.
The award was presented by Edward Burns, M.D., medical director of St. Anthony’s Hospice program; and Ruth Southards, patient care coordinator of St. Anthony’s Hospice Field Program.
Cusumano said she was honored to receive the Ellie Kennedy Award. “I am so proud to be a part of our fantastic hospice team, where everyone is so special, with so many unique talents and gifts – you all make such a difference,” Cusumano said. “Hospice nursing continues to bring so many blessings to my life every day!”
St. Anthony’s Hospice program provides supportive care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. Caregivers provide hospice services in patients’ homes, nursing care facilities or at the Fern & Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House on the campus of St. Anthony’s.
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