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THE DOLPHIN Vol. 41, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2009 • NURSES HOUSE INC. The Veronica M. Driscoll Center for Nursing, 2113 Western Ave., Suite 2, Guilderland, NY 12084-9559 Dolphin Award Fundraiser Honors Maimonides Medical Center and Nurse Staff The 2009 Dolphin Award Reception a box. The winner received a pearl accomplishments. She then presented and Fundraiser was held on Novem- necklace which was hidden in the the award, a crystal dolphin donated ber 5 at the Harbour Lights Restaurant box worth $2,000. Other prizes by Joan Brown, to Pam Brier, President in the South Street Seaport. The event included a gift certificate to Harbour of Maimonides. Pam then presented honored Maimonides Medical Center Lights Restaurant and a gift certifi- a check to Nurses House for $5,000, and nurse staff for their support and cate to Pulse Laser and Skincare in which was raised by staff and matched commitment to their nurse colleagues. Manhattan. by the hospital during Nurses Week 2009. Maimonides nurses have been sup- porting their colleagues in need for Corporate sponsors included Cherokee decades. In 1990, they initiated a Uniforms, Johnson & Johnson, the New Florence Nightingale birthday dinner York State Nurses Association, and to celebrate the contributions nurses Sigma Theta Tau. Group and individual make to health care. Patricia Bishop- sponsors included the A&A Ridgewood Barry, the President of Nurses House, Professional Registered Nurses Associ- was invited as a guest of honor and ation, Claire Murray, Melissa Carbone, was presented with a donation from Diana Mason, Edmund Pajarillo, Donna the nurses and doctors of Maimonides Cardillo and Glennie Millard. In total, to help nurses in need. The Florence Nurses House raised over $8,000 for Nightingale parties became an an- Susan Fraley presenting the award nurses in need. nual event, and every year dozens to Pam Brier, President of of nurses turned out to celebrate and Maimonides Medical Center Nurses House would like to thank all of support Nurses House. our sponsors for their generous support Susan Fraley, Executive Director as well as all of our donors who helped In 2004, Maimonides nurses began for Nurses House, spoke about support the event. We hope to see you holding a Nurses Week fundraiser Maimonides nurses and their many all at next year’s celebration. where nurses made and sold paper caps to wear on “Cap Day.” The funds raised were donated to Nurses House. That year, Maimonides Medical Center agreed to match all donations raised and Maimonides nurses have been holding the event every year since. Approximately ninety nurses and SAVE THE DATE guests attended this year’s award cel- ebration to honor Maimonides. Over Nurses House, Inc. thirty five nurses from the hospital Will hold the 4th annual Dolphin Award Reception & Fundraiser on were in attendance. The event was hosted by Donna Cardillo, Nursing Saturday, November 13, 2010 Spectrum’s “Dear Donna” and in- cluded entertainment by Dolce Vita Strings, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Nominations for the 2010 Dolphin Award will be accepted door prizes, a silent auction and prize through February 15, 2010. To nominate an individual or group raffles. Necklaces with keys attached please visit the Nurses House website at www.nurseshouse.org were sold to raise funds for Nurses or contact Stephanie Dague at (518)456-7858 x27 House with only one key opening Message Nurses House as their holiday char- ity. Claire Murray, President, and Message From the Glennie Millard, Director, attended From the the ball game to support Nurses Executive House. Nancy Marcone and Stepha- President nie Dague will be representing Director Nurses House at NYSNA’s holiday event on December 10. I thank them all for volunteering their time to sup- In spite of the economy, 2009 has port Nurses House in so many ways. Thank you all for your continued been a reasonably good year for support throughout these difficult Nurses House. We received the The Joint Nurse Recruiters will economic times. Nurses House dona- second installment of a large be- be holding their Annual Meeting tions are down by approximately 20% quest from Bertha Lundgren as well & Holiday Extravaganza in New this year and there are currently forty as a very generous donation from York on December 11 and Nurses applicants awaiting assistance. Many the New York State Nurses Associa- House has been chosen as one of of the nurses are in dire need, having tion. I am also happy to report the four charities to speak at the event. lost everything due to serious illness or 2009 Nurses House Dolphin Award I am grateful to Mary Ann Radioli injury. We hope to be able to assist all brought in several thousand dol- from Maimonides Medical Center of them before the end of the year, but lars more than previous years. This for bringing this together and for cannot do so without your help. Please is largely due to many generous her help making the 2009 Dolphin give whatever you can this season. sponsors and your contributions in Award Reception a success. I would Every dollar makes a difference in the response to the event. All of these also like to thank Diana Gazza in lives of the nurses who come to Nurses donations helped to offset the loss in advance for representing Nurses House and their families in need. In individual donations we have seen House at the event and speaking extraordinary times, individuals make this year. on our behalf. Diana is a member of extraordinary efforts to confront is- the Nurses House Board of Direc- sues. That doesn’t mean extraordinary I am very pleased to report that tors and has been a great asset to the donations from individuals because it Nurses House has been able to as- organization. is the collective effort of the group that sist every nurse who has qualified will make the difference ---and nurses for assistance this year. The nurses Linda Sickler, Deputy Director for are an extraordinary group! who come to us are from varied the Foundation of NYS Nurses and backgrounds and reside all over the Nurses House, has recently retired. I am proud to announce that the 2009 country, but they all have one thing Nancy Marcone, Nurses House Dolphin Award Ceremony was a suc- in common - they are facing dire administrative assistant, has subse- cess and brought in over $8,000 profit circumstances and come to Nurses quently taken over Linda’s financial for Nurses House. This year’s profit House with the hope that, when duties for Nurses House. We will surpassed last year’s by over $2,500. I all else fails, their colleagues will miss Linda and wish her all the best would like thank everyone who par- be there to help. In 2008 and 2009 in her retirement! ticipated and helped make the event Nurses House has seen a rise in the a success. This year was the first year number of nurses who have been di- Nurses House currently has ap- Nurses House had corporate sponsors. agnosed with cancer. A few nurses proximately forty guests awaiting There were four sponsors at the $1,000 that have come to us this year after assistance and we will once again be level. They included Sigma Theta Tau, being involved in a natural disaster offering holiday gifts to guests with NYSNA, Cherokee Uniforms, and which took everything they had. families that may not otherwise be Johnson & Johnson. We hope to get But, whatever their situation, the in- able to provide for them during the more sponsors next year and hope you dividuals that come to us are suffer- holidays. We hope to be able to help all can attend. ing even more due to the economy. all of the nurses who are awaiting It means so much to these nurses to assistance but we cannot do so with- I would also like to thank the New know that their colleagues are there out your help. If you haven’t already York State Nurses Association for their for them when they need it most. I made a donation for the holiday very generous donation of $20,000 thank you all for continuing to help appeal, please consider doing so that earlier this year. During tough times, Nurses House make this mission Nurses House is able to help all of it was especially wonderful to see such possible. the nurses who need it this holiday generosity for our colleagues in need. season. Thank you for all your sup- Nurses House has also recently been I would like to thank the Board port! informed that we have been named the of Directors and Staff of the New recipients of NYSNA’s holiday char- York State Nurses Association, not Sincerely, ity this year. Nurses House is greatly only for their generous donation appreciative of the support we receive this year, but for choosing to sup- from NYSNA and its members and we port Nurses House at an NYSNA thank them for their continued assis- sponsored ball game in Long Island Susan Fraley, MS, RN tance to nurses in need. in September and for designating Executive Director (continued on page 5) -2- Appreciation to Our Contributors Nurses House is pleased to acknowledge the contributions made from May 31, 2009 through October 31, 2009 from individuals, associations, corporations and other organizations. The tributes section represents both memorial gifts and honoraria. We have made every endeavor to include all gifts and apologize for any ommissions or errors. INDIVIDUAL Diana Gazza Barbara Solomon Ione Carey Ann Heitmann Denise Murphy DONORS Frances Gensoli Robert and Barbara Carol Carson Mary Beth Henry Linda Mylott Christina Gerardi Sommer Laura Casher Blessing Heyman Patricia Myron $10,000+ Lisa Gollard Zenaida Spangler Mary Ann Caswell Eleanor Hill Mary Nagle Bertha Lundgren Zola Golub Joann Stanton Annmarie Cefoli Rachel Hofstetter Eileen Nahigian E. Gould Elise Stern, Ret. Georgina Chin Carol Holland Florence Nau $1,000-$4,999 Susan Grossman Joan Stoner Audrey Clarke Gaen Hooley Rose Naughton Dee Hayes Laurie Gunter Flora Sullivan Mary Claxton Lynn Huber Jacynth Orridge Judy Judd Cynthia Gurney Cynthia Teeple Darlene Coccaro Norma Hudson Peggy Osei-Tutu Margaret McClure Shirley Haddad Margaret Thompson Michelle Codner Mary Ide Carol Otte Mildred Schmidt Patricia Hafner Rita Thompson Trudy Cohen Charlotte Isler Irene Pagel Rosalie Hartfield Mary Tracy Angela Collini Joy Jacobson Charles & Janet $500-$999 William Hayes Marie Underwood Mary Collins Marilyn Jara Palombo Jean Benner Carolyn Heilker Carol Viele Barbara Conklin Teresa Jewett Sandi Pantalon Mary Britten Grace Herron Madeline Walle Lucille Cop Marie Jewson Eunice Paul William Donovan Susan Hoopes Diane Wallis Naomi Cordova Patricia Johnson Jane Perlstein Eileen Horan Janice Howard Robert & Sherry Joan Cropley Sarah Jones Faith Pham Whei-Whei Lo Sharon Jacques Warner Diana Crosley Peter Jordan Ruth Phelan Helen Marsh Jean Johnson Mary Weiler Veronica Culhane Lois Joseph Carol Pifko Diana Mason Ursula Karau Cathryne Welch Barbara Dahl Shirley Kane Janice Pinto Linda O’Brien Kathleen Kavanaugh Karen Wida Phyllis Darby Patricia Kelly Louise Prussack Russell Pelton Lucie Kelly Rita Wieczorek Bertha Dear Winifred Kennedy Lois Rafenski Jean Sanchez Glenda Kelman Patricia Yoder-Wise Mary Rose DeFino Joan Kennedy Dianne Reed Nancy Springman Barbara Knauer Linda Zelski Judy DeVaney Elaine Kesner Linda Reese Ruth Korn Katherine DeVivo Joan Knecht Karen Reux $100-$499 Leonarda Laskevich Up to $100 Lois Dickson Joan Knighton Yvonne Richards Armena Abernathy Christiana Lassen Antonio Abad Pearl Eccles Joan Koenig Marilyn Ringel Marcia Abernathy Ronnie Leibowitz Evelyn Acosta Maureen Evers Cynthia Koppelman Elba Rivera Michael Ahrens Margaret Leonard Elaine Adams Constance Eves June Kosier Judith Rizzo Helen Akst Susanna Levin Sharon Adkins Patricia Farley Lynne Kriss Elaine Roland Arthur Aufses, Jr. Marie LoGuercio Clarabel Ajello Mary Ferry Frances Lafauci Eleanor Rother Ralph Bailey Burden Lundgren Nina Amendola Penelope Field Anne Lawless Bernadette Roussel Nellie Bailey Cynthia Lydford Kathleen Ames Lois Fink R. Susan Lazar Anna Rudbarg Dorothy Baker Marcia Maddix Richard Bailey Marcia Fishman Madelyne Lazaro Concetta Rudes Karen Ballard Kathleen Mahoney Caroline Bailey Myrtle Fitzgerald Harriet Leibowitz Robin Rutherford Nieves & Val Banzon Margaret Mahoney Vena Baker Merial Fitzgerald Helen Lerner Catherine Ryan Margaret Barry Elisa Mancuso Helen Bartus Charmaine Fitzig Marianne Lettus Eileen Schneider Nancy Batten Nancy Marcone Susan Bastable M. Fitzpatrick Betty Letzig Anne Schott Alice Beck Ann Marks Susan Bauer Diane Forbes Ronnie Llewellyn Adrienne Schrader Nancy Bergstrom Ellen McCarthy Bernadette Bellantoni Marie Forsberg Victoria Longo Arlene Seidenberg Barbara Bill John & Shirley Patricia Beneshan Rosemary Fox Gina Loperena Mary Kay Sessa Anna Boyce McFarland Aneata Benjamin Dena France Lucita Lopez Vivien Shen Ellen Brickman James McKee Selma Berger Jacqueline Fraser Lydia Lopez Shirley Sherman Alecia Brinkerhoff Dorothea Milbrandt Media Berghout Nola Fraser Winifred Lydford- Barbara Sherman Joan Brown Glennie Millard Charlotte Berglas Anna Freeman Kulesa Vicky Shindman Elaine Burger Ellen Mitchell Beth Bernstein Edith Frieband Holly Macklay Maureen Smith Marguerite Burt Catherine Morris Mary Betz Alice Fuller Mildred Madsen Karen Smith Mary Byrnes Nancy Morth Jean Bevers Terry Gaffken John Magovern Anna Smith Caroline Camunas Lexa Most Nettie Birnbach Helen Galchus Elizabeth Mahoney Phyllis Sohn Melissa Carbone Madeline Naegle Victoria Biscarra Robert Gantt Claire Manfredi Marion Spector Wilhelmina Carney M. Nettleton Barbara Bishop Joan Garnar Marcia Manner Carol Spinella Eleanor Carrington Donna Nickitas Robin Bliss Cynthia Gibson Katherine March Juanita Stanton Melodie Chenevert Kathleen Nokes Anne-Marie Blondin Ann Gothler Mary Marshall Marilyn Stapleton Priscilla Ciamaga Catherine O’Donnell Fran Boaz Florence Gottlieb Diana Mathews L. Christine Stegel Janet Collins Brenda O’Neal-Mack Ruth Boer Joanne Graham Carol Mathner Maria Stilwell Phyllis Collins Margaret O’Neill Cynthia Bottoms Marjorie Hagberg Jean McAvery Donna Strunk Carol Countryman Martha Orr Anne Bove Theresa Hamilton- Cheryl McDaniel Ilene Sussman Joan Cusack-McGuirk Edmund Pajarillo Susan Bowar-Ferres Fields Elissa McDonald Lillian Swerdlow Louise Dean-Kelly Donna Palmer Norma Boyce-El Judith Hannigan Joanne McGhee Ann Tahaney James Doughty Kathryn Prividera Barbara Boyd Marie Haran Nuccio Carmen Taime Elizabeth Ducat Peggy Purchase Mary Bragger Roberta Harris Lisa McMurdo Margaret Tarpinian Elizabeth Duthie Rosanne Raso Carolyn Brenneman Sheryle Harris Mary Meehan Patricia Thakkar Deborah Elliott Barbara Rimi Sarita Brooks Zobida Harrison Florence Meisner Jacqueline Carolee Fauth Brooks Joy Rodney Maureen Brown Ruth Hass Gwen Mergian Thompson Frances Feldsine Eleanor Ruocco Katherine Browne Brenda Haughey Virginia Meyers M. Todd Mary Finnin Myrna Sadowsky Mary Burke Betty Hawkins Margaret Miller Carmelita Toney Loretta Fortunato Mary Salvati Janet Burns De Etta Hayes Deidra Mitchell Carole Torok Susan Fraley Carmen Schmidt Gail Button Louise Hazeltine Marian Mondiello Audrey Toscano Mary Gallagher Cynthia Sculco Sharyn Caldwell Judith Hecht Anna Moskal Marie Traetta Jane Garry Victoria Siegel Julia Campise Dolores Heinzmann Alvin Mund Mary Treiber -3- Patricia Tumminia $100-$499 Up to $100 Trudy Cohen Kathleen Kavanaugh Karen Ballard Yael Urian AAOHN District 1 Western All Nurses Helen Kyprion Mary Kay Sessa Lillian Vanallen A & A Ridgewood New York, New Janet Collins Karen Ballard Frances M. Kora Vaughs Registered York State Nurses Louis Maggio Martin Schueneman McLaughlin Maureen Villegas Professional Nurses Association Diana Crosley Glenda Kelman Shirley Sherman Marlene Vogt Association Nursing Things.com Stacie Crosley S. Fraley, C. Welch, Donna Haigh John Waggoner Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Sisters of Charity William Donovan C. Murray Gil-More Elizabeth Walsh Sigma Theta Tau University of Illinois Agnes Kollmer Joan Knecht Robert and Barbara Margaret Walsh Alumnae Association College of Medicine, Dorothy M. Inge DiGiacomo Sommer of Prospect Heights DOM Wiliams 75th Birthday Maimonides Nurse Kathleen Wayno Hospital Westchester School of Marilyn Williams June Kosier Staff Ana Weber Alumni Association, Nursing Mary Mendes Judy Shaw Carol Spinella Marian Weinberger Kings County Patrick Kenney’s R. Susan Lazar Kathleen Nokes Jean Welch Joann Stanton Hospital School of INDIVIDUAL Father Mary Burns Albero Sandra Wendell Nursing TRIBUTES Pearl Eccles Betty Letzig Winifred Rutledge Joan Wentz AORN of L.I., Inc. Christine Barrett Sylvia Barker Sillery Yvonne Williams Collington Episcopal Antonio Abad Constance Eves Cynthia Lydford Maria Stilwell Antoinette Wolske Life Care Comm. Lauro A. Abad All Nurses Pamela Walsh Trish McCarthy Diane Woods Crouse Hospital Michael Ahrens Charmaine Fitzig Holly Macklay Lillian Swerdlow Diana Woods District 10 Mohawk Robin Elmore Eura Lennon Tara Conlin Sylvia Barker Arthur Young Valley, New York Helen Akst Marie Forsberg Elisa Mancuso Carole Torok Kathleen Ziccardi State Nurses Robert A. Akst Margaret Boscio Carol Lamanno All Nurses Barbara Zimmerman Association Clarice Atkinson Jacqueline Fraser James McKee Marie Traetta Helen Zito Dorthea Hopfer School Christine Barrett Anne R. Haive Clare Mayberry Ann Dannenberg Dorota Zois of Nursing Richard Bailey Edith Frieband Lisa McMurdo Elizabeth Walsh David Zullo Greater New York/ Billy & Katy Ari Joffe Grace Shumko Cynthia Lydford Nassau/Suffolk Kavanaugh Joan Garnar Dorothea Milbrandt birthday ORGANIZATIONAL Organization of Karen Ballard All Nurses. Carol Frandz Ana Weber DONORS Nurse Executives Carol Fran & Mthr Christina Gerardi Glennie Millard David R. Infusion Nurses Society H.Doughty NYSNA Staff for Stephanie Basouni Bollenbekge $20,000+ Jewish Hospital & Helen Kyprion, Fay Nurses Week Virginia Bosham Patricia Yoder-Wise New York State Medical Center- Miller’s Mo Laurie Gunter Patricia Myron Joan Clark Nurses Association Nurses Alumnae Howard Doughty’s Alma E. Gault Dr. Maureen Kathleen Ziccardi Association Mother Marjorie Hagberg Cooney, NP Meg Conway $10,000+ JMS Progressive M. Schueneman’s Marjorie Chase Rose Naughton Alumnae Association Concepts Inc. 75th Bday Marie Haran Rita Kopf ORGANIZATIONAL of the St. Luke’s National League for Mother of Sharon Magda Reuter Jacynth Orridge TRIBUTES Hospital School of Nursing Robinson Sheryle Harris Elaine Stewart Alumnae Association Nursing Omicron Alpha Nancy Bergstrom Karen Jones Carol Otte of Prospect Heights Beatrice Renfield Spivak Lipton LLP Lois Graham Roberta Harris Dr. Evelyn Dogby Hospital Foundation St. Vincent’s Hospital Victoria Biscarra Michael Ahrens Marguerite Pawlowski Carol Wagner Employees Credit Mary Mendes Janice Howard Evelyn Failla Rumore $1,000+ Union Robin Bliss Janis Bielicki Carol Pifko Else Gutmann Johnson & Johnson Students/SUNY Catherine Mallard Patricia Ferris Phyliss Hughes Wolham Cherokee Uniforms Institute of Alecia Brinkerhoff Norma Hudson Lois Rafenski New York State Technology Paula Brinkerhoff Lionel Collins Kathleen McRafferty Nurses Association $500-$999 Student Nurses Joan Brown Charlotte Isler Yvonne Richards Andrea Alumnae Association, Association, Fulmont Frank Oslialo Sylvia Barker’s Sharon Prendergast Augenbaugh Bellevue School of College Association, Elaine Burger Birthday Eleanor Ruocco The Westchester Nursing, Inc. Inc. Brian & Christopher Joy Jacobson Edwin Boeselager School of Nursing Mid-Hudson Chapter, O’Donnell Diana Mason Mary Salvati New Graduates Nurses House Inc. Gail Button Judy Judd Mr. & Mrs. Barry Sylvia Barker’s The Board and Staff Block Birthday of NH Sarina Brocclo Ione Carey Cynthia Sculco Doris Schwartz Nurses House, Inc. Grant Statistics January 1 - October 20, 2009 Total amount expended in 2009 ............................................................................ $125,072 Total budgeted for 2009 .......................................................................................... $114,000 Number of requests for assistance .................................................................................. 93 Number of guests served ................................................................................................... 84 States represented ............................................................................................................... 32 Total expended in 2008 ........................................................................................... $142,618 Guests served in 2008 ....................................................................................................... 103 -4- Nurses House at NYSNA Convention The 2009 NYSNA convention brought in several thousand dollars for Nurses House. Thanks to all who participated in the annual Fun Run/Walk. The top five winners this year were Josephine Brazzier, Lolita Compas, Helen Gerald, Beverly Savory and Barbara Sommer. Thanks to all who participated! On top of the Fun Run donations, Glennie Millard donated a beautiful dolphin ring to be raffled at the Nurses House booth. Total funds raised from the event totaled over $5,000! The new Nurses House Exhibit premiered at the NYSNA convention Applications and Newsletters Now Online For those of you who are computer savvy, you will be pleased to know that the Nurses House website now provides all application forms and newsletters to be viewed and printed online. Now, not only can you direct friends, family and colleagues to www.nurseshouse.org to make a contribution, but you can send them there to obtain help as well. Previously, applications were mailed to individuals who requested them. Of course, you can still request an application for assistance be mailed by calling (518)456-7858. Nurses House Volunteers Needed Nurses House is currently seeking the following volunteer positions: • Volunteers to serve on the 2010 Dolphin Award Committee – the committee will plan all aspects of the event including location, sponsors, catering, invitations, guest list and fundraising ideas. • One position is open on the Nurses House Service Program Council. The Service Program Council is the group of individuals that reviews all applications and makes recommendations on financial assistance. • Five members to serve on the Nominating Committee. These individuals are responsible for nominating individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. • Members to run for the Nurses House Board of Directors. Nurses House will have the following positions open in the Spring: Vice President, Treasurer, and five board members. All positions are elected and elections will take place at the April 17, 2010 annual meeting. For more information about any of these openings, contact Stephanie Dague at (518)456-7858 x27. President’s Message (continued from page 2) I would also like to thank the many With thousands of charitable organi- Thank you for supporting Nurses hospitals and organizations that zations competing for scarce resourc- House and your colleagues in need. came together to help support es, and the state of today’s economy, I wish you all the best of health and Nurses House through various fund- it is important we all do whatever happiness this holiday season and raisers in 2009. Crouse Hospital and is possible to help promote Nurses beyond! Maimonides Medical Center held House. I urge you all to assist Nurses fundraisers during Nurses Week, House in whatever way possible Sincerely, The Phillips Beth Israel School of and to help promote the growth and Nursing held an event on Nov. 8, visibility of the organization. Nurses the Western NY Chapter of Nurses House is currently seeking several House held their annual high tea, volunteers for various positions, jazz concert, and golf events, and the which are listed in this issue. Claire Murray, MS, RN Joint Nurse Recruiters have chosen President Nurses House as a charity for their Holiday Extravaganza. -5- Nurses House Inc. NON-PROFIT The Veronica M. Driscoll Center for Nursing ORGANIZATION 2113 Western Avenue, Suite 2 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Guilderland, NY 12084-9559 GUILDERLAND, NY PERMIT #82 Tel. (518) 456-7858 Fax (518) 452-3760 Board of Directors Guest Stories 2009 President Guest # 1 – Age 55 – Guest experienced a seizure in February of 2009 and was Claire F. Murray, MS, RN, CNAA diagnosed with an operable brain tumor. She underwent surgery to remove Vice President the tumor in March. The surgery was successful and a large portion of the Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo, PhD, MPA, tumor was removed. She then underwent radiation and chemotherapy. When RN, CPHQ, CNNA she applied to Nurses House at the end of June she had been out of work for four months. Her spouse was retired and only receiving a small pension. Secretary Guest was awaiting Social Security Disability and had already cashed in an Christine Stegel, MS, RN IRA to pay bills. She requested help from Nurses House with basic expenses Treasurer for three months, hoping that SSD would be approved at that point. Nurses William Donovan, MA, RN House was able to assist with basic expenses for three months. Directors Guest #2 – Age 48 – Guest suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and was forced to Nancey Agard, MS, RN leave work in February due to pain and fatigue. Not knowing if she would Karen Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN ever be able to return to work, she applied for Social Security Disability. In Joan Brown, BS, RN March, she started physical therapy to help with her gait and strengthen her Diana Gazza, MSA, RN Cynthia Gurney, PhD, MBA, RN muscles. When she applied to Nurses House, her only income was $400/ Elizabeth Mahoney, EdD, MS, RN month from Short Term Disability and she had been diagnosed with severe Glennie Millard, BSN, RN depression. Her rent was one month late when she applied for help and other Judith Shaw, PhD-ANP-c bills were falling behind. Nurses House was able to offer her assistance with Patti Tripoli, MS, RN rent payments and basic monthly expenses. Sherry Warner, MSN, RN Guest #3 – Age 79 – Guest applied for Nurses House assistance in January. She had been receiving Social Security since 1996, but continued working to make ends meet. In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to leave her job. The chemotherapy treatment caused many side effects and, at her age, it was long recovery. Her son had been able to provide some food, but had lost his job. Guest’s other expenses had fallen behind. When she applied to Nurses House she was still receiving medical treatments, but hoped to be able to return to work as soon as possible. She requested help with basic monthly expenses including food, transportation, and dental expenses. Nurses House was able to offer assistance for three months.
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