2006-04-28 / Community

PHC Nurses To Be Honored At May 10 Luncheon

Grace Benjamin, RN, is the Assistant Head Nurse of the Operating Room. Nurse Benjamin has been elected by her peers to be this year's Nurse Distinction, representing Peninsula Hospital Center. Grace Benjamin, RN, is the Assistant Head Nurse of the Operating Room. Nurse Benjamin has been elected by her peers to be this year's Nurse Distinction, representing Peninsula Hospital Center. Peninsula Hospital Center will hold its Annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach, honoring two "Nurses of Distinction," Grace Benjamin, RN, Assistant Head Nurse, Department of Surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) and Kenneth Richard, RN, who works in the Peninsula Hospital Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (PCECR).

"Each year we honor two nurses who have been chosen by their peers as exemplary of the hospital center's mission to provide the highest quality of health care," explained Georgia Briss, RN, Vice President of Nursing Services at PHC. "We are extremely proud to honor our nursing staff who gives above and beyond each and every day."

The Nurse of Distinction Award is given to an extraordinary professional who clearly exhibits the three "C's," including Competence, which is judged by on the job experience; Commitment, which is measured in dedication to self, patients, peers and the profession of nursing; and Connection, which is shown in the effective communication of the excellence of nursing to others.

Kenneth Lawrence Richard, RN, has been elected by his peers as this year's recipient of the Nurse of Distinction Award, representing Peninsula Hospital Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. Kenneth Lawrence Richard, RN, has been elected by his peers as this year's recipient of the Nurse of Distinction Award, representing Peninsula Hospital Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. Grace Benjamin, RN, has been a member of the PHC staff since 1980. Her skills in the operating room are legendary and her dedication to her work is unquestionable. Her caring attitude and nurturing nature define Grace as a person, nurse, and supervisor. She knew early on in her nurse's training that the operating room was the place where her passion for patient care would best be served. Now, 34 years since that time in training, Grace is operating as the assistant head nurse of PHC's operating room. Over the past three decades in nursing Grace has come to be known to all who work with her as the "go to" person for operating room knowledge, experience and efficiency. She is described by her colleagues as a mentor, teacher, organizer, and anchor and she serves as a role model for many of the younger nurses who come under her supervision. Although her hospital duties are most demanding,

Grace also manages to find time to indulge herself in her two other personal passions weight-training and running.

Kenneth Lawrence Richard, RN, moved to New York City in 2004 and has been working at the PCECR for a little more than a year now. Kenneth received his Bachelor Science in Nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1994. Prior to that Kenneth worked on another undergraduate degree in Applied Sciences after having served in the United States Navy from 1979 to 1983. While in active service with the Navy, Kenneth studied both at the U.S. Pharmacy Technician School in Virginia and at the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps School in San Diego, California. Kenneth has worked as a professional registered nurse at the Huey P. Long Medical Center, The University Medical Center of Lafayette, Louisiana, and as a Private Duty Nursing Case Manager prior to relocating to New York City. Kenneth is a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi and the Sigma Theta Tau honor societies. He enjoys working in the PCECR where he is assigned to 4 Ocean. He is a big believer in "team work," working hard, alongside his fellow professionals in order to provide the highest quality of care possible. Kenneth lives in Far Rockaway with his wife Aimee.

The proceeds from the Annual Spring Luncheon, including ticket sales, raffles and donations, are all allocated to enhancing patient programs and services throughout Peninsula Hospital/Center and the Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation.

Several prizes have been generously donated for the Spring Luncheon Raffle, including a Deluxe Air Conditioner, courtesy of Caucig Utilities; a Flat Screen LCD Computer Monitor, courtesy of SEP Computers; an original Stained Glass Artwork by Rockaway Artist Patrick Clark, a 20" Color TV, courtesy of McKesson Empowering Health Care; and a Summer Fun Bonanza Basket, courtesy of Kings Pharmacy, Beach 116th Street.

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