Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn Employees Receive 2014 Heart Award

Three employees at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn are recipients of the 2014 Heart Award. With colleagues, family and friends present, Patricia Davitt, RN, Elizabeth Tangney, PT, DPT, MS, and Vadim Leyko, MSA, RRT, RPSGT, each received a certificate and crystal plaque at a breakfast reception held on Thursday, May 1st.

Hospital President Lin H. Mo and Vice President for Administration Rhona Hetsrony led the tribute to the honorees, who were nominated and selected by their peers.

Ms. Davitt, a nurse for more than 20 years, is a dynamic person who plays an active role in several hospital committees working towards providing optimal patient care. She gives her heart and soul to her job and works continuously to improve interdepartmental communications, according to Catherine Leota, RN, Nurse Manager, 2 West.

Ms. Davitt was been honored with a Beatrice Renfield Excellence Award for Patient Centered Care in 2010, and was part of the 2 West patient care team that received the 2011 Renfield Circle of Excellence award for Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration. She also has been a nominee for 1199SEIU/League Nurse of Distinction honors.

Ms. Tangney, is a Senior Physical Therapist who has been with the hospital since 2007.

“When Elizabeth joined our rehab staff, she came with a high level of skills and professionalism coupled with dedication to patient care,” said Michael Mattia, DPT, MHA, Director of Rehabilitation Therapies. “She embodies the spirit of ‘always here to help’ – consistently providing the highest quality of care with a smile and a positive attitude for which she receives accolades from colleagues, patients and their families.”

Mr. Leyko, Director for Administration, manages respiratory therapy services and has transformed a department to a high-functioning team of professionals that provide state of the art care to patients. Under his leadership, the hospital’s respiratory therapy team has successfully weaned patients from ventilators and shifted airway management to bi-level positive air pressure (BIPAP), which allows a better experience for patients while ensuring their ventilation.

“Among our fellow staff members, there is perhaps no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s peers,” said Hetsrony. “The Heart Award is a testimony to the dedication to patient care, interpersonal skills, and excellent work ethic of our honorees.”

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