PHC To Hold Its Spring Luncheon 5/26
Peninsula Hospital Center will be holding its Annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 26 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, to honor four Nurses of Distinction. Peninsula Hospital Center and Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation honor both Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. This year’s Regis-tered Nurse honorees are Jean Butler, RN, from Endoscopy in the Hospital Center and Abimbola Janet Akinsulire, RN from 4 Ocean in PCECR. The Licensed Practical Nurse honorees are Maryann Foyle, LPN, from 2 North in the Hospital Center and Tamisha Collins, LPN, from 3 Bay in Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation.
Jean Butler, RN, first arrived at Peninsula Hospital Center in 1976 as a nursing student, remained here until she graduated from nursing school and began her career at the Hospital Center working the night shift on a med-surgical floor. From there, Butler went to the evening shift into Orthopaedics, ICU/CCU and Telemetry. She has also worked in the Emergency Department since 1990 and since 1999, has worked in the Endoscopy Unit. For 34 years, Butler has been a part of Peninsula Hospital Center’s nursing staff. “I have absolutely no career regrets,” she says. “At Peninsula Hospital Center, I have met some of the most outstanding dedicated and committed professionals and believe me, I think of PHC as my “second family.” Butler has been married to her husband, Bill, for 26 years and the couple has three sons, Jason, Michael and Bryan.
Abimbola Janet Akinsulire, RN, graduated from the Lagos State School of Nursing in 1989. She left Lagos to join her husband two years later and spent the next few years raising the couple’s children, familiarizing herself with and becoming adjusted to the new culture and way of life. During this time, she also prepared for her nursing competency and licensure examinations through NYCLEX. She took a position at the Florence Nightingale Nursing Home in Manhattan and in 1999, was given the opportunity to join the nursing staff at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation where she works on the night shift. When asked why she chose nursing as a career, Akinsulire quickly responds, “I wanted to be a part of a profession filled with caring and humanity and the spirit of caring for people.”
Maryann Foyle, LPN, has been a nurse at Peninsula Hospital Center for 41 years. Maryann’s mother was a nurse so she came by the profession naturally and began her career as a Candy Striper at Mary Immaculate Hospital. She attended the Wycoff Heights School of Nursing and has worked in nearly every unit in the Hospital Center. Foyle has found an extended family at Peninsula Hospital Center and although other hospitals are located closer to her home in New Hyde Park, she wouldn’t even consider being anywhere else. “I am so fortunate to have had my career at PHC,” says Foyle. “I work with wonderful people who truly exemplify the real spirit of nursing every day.”
Robin Blackwell, RN, Vice President, Nursing and Chief Nurse Executive at Peninsula Hospital Center, is very pleased that both PHC Nurses of Distinction are so deserving of this honor. “Both Jean and Maryann are two nurses I can count on day after day. They both exemplify nursing expertise, caring, compassion and the quality of their day-to-day work is something I can depend on as can our patients. They both have really earned this honor and together, they represent nearly 75 years of excellent nursing at the Hospital Center.”
Tamisha Collins, LPN, has worked at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation since 2005 when she graduated from nursing school at the Adult Learning Center through the NYC Board of Education in Brooklyn, New York. Collins worked as a paramedic with NYC EMS for ten years prior to deciding to enter the nursing profession. Although her first intentions were to work in a hospital, there was a position open at PCECR and she decided to accept it and has remained at PCECR. “I really feel that God intended me to be a nurse. I have always felt that I belonged in this field. Collins became the charge nurse on 3 Bay in 2008 where her peers describe her as “the perfect example of how a nurse should perform her duties at a nursing home.”
As she moves forward, Collins would like to become more involved in the field of Nursing Education.
Director of Nursing at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Sharon Brown, RN, speaks very highly of both honorees. “Janet and Tamisha are both very special and gifted nurses who give so much of themselves to care for our residents. I am so proud of them and very pleased that they are being recognized as PCECR’s Nurses of Distinction.”
For more information or to purchase tickets for the Nurses of Distinction - Spring Luncheon on May 26, please contact the Office of External Affairs at Peninsula Hospital Center.