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White Plains Hospital Celebrates 9th Year in Creating Nursing Jobs

8/15/2014

White Plains, NY – White Plains Hospital today recognized 22 students who completed an intensive, seven-week apprenticeship program during the summer months.  A graduation ceremony was held in the hospital's auditorium, attended by Hospital leaders, staff members, the graduates and their families.  Representatives from the offices of both Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is a longtime supporter of the program, and Country Executive Rob Astorino were also in attendance.

 

Twenty-two Students Graduate From Richard P. Biondi Nurse Apprentice Program

White Plains, NY (August 15, 2014) – White Plains Hospital today recognized 22 students who completed an intensive, seven-week apprenticeship program during the summer months. A graduation ceremony was held in the hospital's auditorium, attended by Hospital leaders, staff members, the graduates and their families. Representatives from the offices of both Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is a longtime supporter of the program, and Country Executive Rob Astorino were also in attendance.

During the rigorous full-time, five days per week program schedule, the apprentices experience working in clinical areas in the Hospital including pediatrics, the emergency department, endoscopy, post-anesthesia care unit, ICU step-down, labor and delivery, maternal-child, medical-surgical, oncology and neonatal intensive care. They also perform supervised tasks such as answering call bells, taking vital signs, assisting patients with meals, assisting nurses as needed and sitting with patients, reading to them and keeping them company. They further receive instruction from members of the nursing staff on a range of topics such as patient safety, infection control, and general patient care.

"One of the greatest rewards of working with these aspiring nurses each summer is that we get to see them grow and in more cases than none, we end up seeing them later on working the floors of White Plains Hospital as registered nurses," said Monica Purdy, Nursing Liaison for Students. "It is a wonderful feeling to watch them grow as they pursue their careers."

Named after the late Richard P. Biondi, who was a Senior Vice President of White Plains Hospital and was instrumental in leading fundraising initiatives on its behalf, the nurse apprentice program has been coordinated by and Purdy and Annie Norris. They direct the community outreach program at local schools and screen, select, evaluate and oversee the apprentices. The program was initially made possible by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as funding from White Plains Hospital.

"We're pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the nursing students completing this highly selective program," said White Plains Hospital Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Leigh Anne McMahon, RN. "The program is a win-win because it succeeds in attracting top talent to our organization, and gives students an edge in today's competitive job market."

This year's apprentices are:

Acuna, Bianca White Plains
Aguirre, Mildres Port Chester
Aikman, J'ana White Plains
Andrade, Luiza West Harrison
Boutross, Lauren Yorktown
Campos, Michelle White Plains
DeLeno, Sarah Harrison
Ferraro, Amanda West Harrison
Frantzen, Emily Blauvelt
Hernandez, Shaina White Plains
Johnson, Ashley Mt. Vernon
Lawyer, Ronald Newburgh
Leslie, Kayla New Rochelle
Martorello, Kristina Eastchester
Moody, Bradley Poughkeepsie
Peraj, Vera Yonkers
Petitti, Catherine Eastchester
Power, Laura New Rochelle
Regan, Abigail Rye
Saire, Jose Port Chester
Soriano, Mark White Plains
Zappi, Brianna Katonah

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White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital's Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform lifesaving emergency & elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation's top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of top performing hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.

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