BI Nurse Wins 2013 1199 SEIU Nurse of Distinction Award

Stefanie Zisholtz, RN, a staff nurse who works the night shift at Beth Israel Petrie’s 7 Linsky, recently was honored with the 2013 1199SEIU Nurse of Distinction Novice Nurse Award. Ms. Zisholtz also received a Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence Novice Nurse Award at the Medical Center’s celebration of Nurses’ Week. The awards ceremonies took place at the Brooklyn Marriott.

Other BI nominees honored at the gala were Francis Brosnan, RN, BI Brooklyn, as Novice Nurse; Teresa Coughlan, RN, BI Brooklyn, Intensive Care Unit, and Carmen Feliciano, RN, BI Petrie MICU, for Nurse of Distinction; Jennifer Reiser, RN, BI Brooklyn, Nursing Education and Research, and Lorna Hylton-­‐Webb, RN, Director, Patient Care Services, Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program, for Excellence in Nursing Leadership; and Martha Corpus, RN, BI Brooklyn 3 East, and Rosanna Pompey-­‐Whitely, RN, BI Petrie, 7 Silver, for Excellence by a Preceptor.

Ms. Zisholtz has a special connection with BI—she was born at the Medical Center, where her father was a medical resident. “I was born prematurely and spent a month in the NICU,” she says. “We lived in Gilman Hall until I was two.” After moving to Georgia, where her father established a urology practice, Ms. Ziholtz returned to New York City to attend Yeshiva University’s Stern College of Nursing and New York University, where she earned her BSN. “Beth Israel has been part of me all my life, and I am so happy to be working here,” she says.

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BI Nurse Receives 1199/SEIU Award

Sandra Morales, RN, a Beth Israel Labor and Delivery Room nurse for 20 years, recently received the 1199/SEIU/League Nurse of Distinction Award, Preceptor Category, for providing excellent patient care and educating new nurses.

"In her role as preceptor, she demonstrates her expertise with patience and has a talent for simplifying complex issues," says Carmen D. Schmidt, RN, MSN, Director, Nursing Education and Research at BI and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals. "She conveys a sense of calm and confidence to newly hired nurses, who can easily be intimidated by the activities in Labor and Delivery."

Ms. Morales, who was chosen from among several nominees representing hospitals and nursing homes in the New York metropolitan area, graduated with an Associate Degree in nursing from BI, then continued her education at Pace University. That was put on hold by family responsibilities, but she went on to complete her BSN this year at Grand Canyon University. She also is certified in obstetrics and as a lactation consultant.

Other BI nurses honored were Wayde Binder, RN, Nurse Manager, 3 Karpas/Dazian, BI Petrie, and Michael Willis, APRN, CWOCN, Ostomy and Wound Service, BI Brooklyn, for nursing leadership; Noel Emde, RN, BI Petrie, and Eugene Vaknansky, RN, 3 East, BI Brooklyn, as novice nurses; Yvette Tabernilla, RN, 3 East, BI Brooklyn, as preceptor; and Maria Pagani, RN, Intensive Care Unit, BI Brooklyn, and Kathleen Duignan, RN, BI Petrie, for excellence in patient-centered care.

June 2012 - Karen Doblin named a Regional Winner in Nursing Excellence Awards

June 2012- Karen Doblin, an ambulatory care NP in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (DPMPC), was recently named a regional winner at's 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards in the Home, Community & Ambulatory Care category. Karen was nominated by a group of her peers for the exceptional care she provides to her patients and the generous sharing of knowledge and expertise that she shares with her colleagues.

Karen provides the latest in care and therapy for more than 700 patients who suffer from intractable pain and other syndromes. With her physician collaborator, she conducts new patient histories and physicals, diagnoses various pain conditions, orders tests, and makes referrals to other specialists. She also teaches patients with educational materials that emphasize self-care and various holistic therapies, and writes prescriptions for the many follow-up patients seen daily at the clinic.

One of the two particular cases shared by her colleagues included the story of a 26-year old male. This patient, who is confined to a wheelchair suffering from what the team describes as one of the worse cases of complex regional pain syndrome, had been in Karen's care for five years. Karen was instrumental in reading the literature about an experimental treatment, and brought the idea to the attention of the Department Chair. The Chair was about to propose a trial to administration when a short-term solution was available and ultimately beneficial. The treatment has enabled this patient to be more functional and achieve a better quality of life, including being about to walk in Central Park with his family, a favorite past-time.

Recognized as a consummate professional, a superb educator, and dedicated preceptor, Karen engages in research studies that originate from her daily work and the many challenges her patients face. She also publishes and speaks on the topic, and is a faculty member in a pain fellowship program. Soon to receive her doctorate, the attribute most often used to describe her is CARING!

Laura O'Brien receives AACN Circle of Excellence Award at AACN/NTI 2012

May 2012 - Laura O'Brien, RN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist recently received a 2012 AACN Circle of Excellence Award at May's AACN National Teaching Institute Conference in Orlando, Florida. She was one of twenty-five nationally selected AACN award recipients -- and the only recipient from New York State. Laura was nominated by her colleagues at BIMC and then recognized by AACN for her innovative clinical, educational and professional resource roles as a critical care clinical nurse specialist at BI for more than 18 years. Her nomination and award highlight Laura's ability to 'think out of the box'; develop resources for staff; promote evidence-based practice; and build practice consensus. Her award citation noted "...achieves it with humor, clinical expertise and the ability to listen and synthesize many viewpoints into clinically coherent practice that improves patient care."

The Circle of Excellence awards recognize and showcase excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The awards program is designed to align with the AACN's mission and vision focusing on outcomes responsive to professional and environmental issues in acute and critical care nursing. Nominations are evaluated by a panel of reviewers, and rated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Relentlessly promotes patient-driven excellence
  • Models skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision-making and meaningful recognition
  • Transforms thinking, structures and processes to address challenges and remove barriers to advance patient-driven excellence
  • Furthers AACN's mission and key initiatives at influential forums
  • Enriches own and other organizations by influencing and mentoring others in achieving excellence
  • Achieves visible results that validate impact of individual leadership contribution to organizational excellence

As a Circle of Excellence Award recipient Laura now becomes a permanent member of the AACN Circle of Excellence Society.

Mary Walsh Certification

Mary Walsh, MSN, RN, CEN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners Corporate CNO for Quality, Practice and Standards , successfully completed the ANA Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC), on July 9th. She is one of only 364 Senior Nurse Leaders to have accompliished this certification.

Mary Walsh



BI Nurse Wins 2013 1199 SEIU Nurse of Distinction Award