SJEH Honors Employees Of The Year
Every year St. John’s Episcopal Hospital selects an Employee of the Year, a Manager of the Year, a Physician of the Year, and a Team of the Year. Nominations are made by employees throughout the year and selections are made based upon the Hospital’s Core Values of responsibility, respect, professionalism, teamwork and compassion. Each honoree receives an engraved Tiffany crystal prism award and a check for $250. Below are the 2009 honorees from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Nancy Traver, RN, CIC
Nancy Traver is the Hospital’s Infection Control Surveillance Practitioner. She has been employed at St. John’s since January 1988. Traver was nominated for Employee of the Month by two of her co-workers. One praised Traver for her dedication and enthusiasm in the performance of her duties. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to her responsibility to infection control education and prevention in the Hospital and the community.
A Breezy Point resident, the award winner is creative and enthusiastic about teaching infection control to staff and the community. She is a registered nurse certified in infection control. She was a home hospice care nurse previous to coming to St. John’s, where she has held a number of positions before settling in Infection Control. She took on the sole responsibility of the Infection Control department, without hesitation, when the previous nurse supervisor left, working all shifts and always available to answer any questions, no matter what time of the day or night.
Her co-worker stated that Traver works well with the Nurse Educators and Nurse Managers, anticipating problems and working with the Nurse Managers to solve them. Another coworker nominated Traver for her vast knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm, and leadership qualities, stating that her collegue continues to maintain a high level of enthusiasm in her yearly OSHA classes and is able to engage and interest even the long-term employee in her annual in-service presentations.
Lynore Dupiton, Vice President of Patient Care Services, states that Traver has worked as the only Infection Control Nurse over the past several years. She has gone above and beyond making herself available, both on and off duty, to answer questions and help the nursing supervisors deal with the issues created when patients suddenly require isolation. She is a dedicated member of the St. John’s team, and an advocate for patient care.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
One patient wrote that he feels blessed to be a patient in the hospital’s Hemodialysis Center. He commends the staff for their professionalism and “humanistic” treatment of their patients. This patient states that his confidence in his service providers and the wonderful care that he has received in the Hemodialysis Center has motivated him above all else to maintain his health. Although relocating to Brooklyn, this patient has made arrangements to continue his treatment at St. John’s.
Lynore Dupiton, VP of Patient Care Services, states that, “The Hemodialysis Staff serves both the inpatient and outpatient population. They have consistently worked cohesively as a team to insure the highest quality care for their patients. In addition to attending to the patients’ physical needs, they are continually evaluating and addressing any emotional needs supporting the patients as they navigate through fistula placement, evaluations for transplant, and the stress of dealing with this life-changing chronic illness. They have received many commendations from patients and their families, as well as from regulatory agencies impressed with their smooth, efficient, quality operation.”
Patients at the Hemodialysis Center at St. John’s rate its quality at 8 on a scale of one to 10. Recently, the Hemodialysis Center began a fourth shift that is ideal for working people and students in need of dialysis. To take a tour of the Hemodialysis Center at St. John’s or for more information please contact 718-869-7637.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Farhat Shaikh, PT, MSPT
Farhat Shaikh, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been employed at St. John’s since January 1995. Shaikh was nominated for Manager of the Year by Lin Zabala, Nurse Manager, Pulmonary Care.
Zabala states that Shaikh consistently demonstrates the core values of Responsibility, Compassion and Professionalism.
Zabala has had the opportunity to work with Shaikh as both a nurse educator and a nurse manager and states that the honoree always maintains an excellent working relationship with the Nursing Department.
Shaikh is a great problem-solver, anticipating potential problems before they can arise, and diligently works with the nurse managers to solve them with minimal stress.
Shaikh will also cover as a therapist when staffing is short in her department. No job is too small for her. She will do whatever is needed to provide quality patient care. She is always courteous and projects the Hospital’s mission statement wherever she goes and in all that she does. Shaikh is considered a true asset to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sanjay Kirtane, MD
Dr. Kirtane has been an active medical attending since September 1982, when he was hired after completing his internship and residency at St. John’s. Dr. Kirtane is board certified in internal medicine-cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology and cardiology. He is also an active member of the Medical Executive Committee.
Kirtane was selected for Physician of the Year based upon the submission of a letter from a colleague to John Gupta, CEO, that stated that Kirtane has dedicated his work to helping people live longer and healthier lives. Current medical residents and students look up to him and refer to him as, “Our dear teacher.” It’s no surprise since Dr. Kirtane gives all that he has to his students – knowledge, dedication to their work, and appetite for knowledge in their field.
Kirtane focuses on both caring for his patients, and teaching his residents, medical students, physicians, nurses and medical assistants. He is a true mentor and a caring, approachable physician, who is dedicated to his students, his patients and his peers.
Triple board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear cardiology, Kirtane completed an internal medicine residency at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and a joint fellowship in cardiology at St. John’s and Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center in 1982. He served as president of St. John’s Medical Staff Society in 2001 to 2002 and was awarded the Humanitarian Award for leadership and service by the Development Board of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.