2011-03-25 / Community

Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Members Honored


Honorees Joan Coogan and Theresa Zuccaro (seated front) are surrounded by their friends and family who attended the luncheon at the Waldorf. Honorees Joan Coogan and Theresa Zuccaro (seated front) are surrounded by their friends and family who attended the luncheon at the Waldorf. Joan Coogan and Theresa Zuccaro, two members of the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary, were among other Auxilians and volunteers from across New York City honored by the United Hospital Fund at its annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Coogan received the Outstanding Auxilian Achievement Award and Zuccaro received the Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award from Peninsula Hospital Center.

More than 800 people representing New York City hospitals attended the luncheon to applaud the accomplishments of the honorees. Beautiful crystal awards were presented to the honorees who were also introduced to UHF President James R. Tallon Jr. at a special reception held prior to the luncheon. The honorees ranged in age from 22 to 92 – each one of them having given countless hours of service to their respective hospitals. Keynote speaker Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of the My9 WWOR-TV news and longtime volunteer herself, praised the honorees for their outstanding and selfless dedication.

Coogan, a member of the Executive Board of the PHC Auxiliary, is known for her creativity and organization of special events and for being a very dedicated advocate for the Hospital Center. She was selected to receive this honor by the fellow members of the Auxiliary for her outstanding efforts. Auxiliary President Sheila Schwartz says, “There was no question in our minds who to select to receive this award. Joan is just wonderful. She has great ideas and is an inspiration to others in the group.”

Zuccaro was selected by the Volunteer Department to receive this year’s honor for her many hours of volunteer service and dedication in the External Affairs Department. Liz Sulik, director of External Affairs at PHC, sang the honoree’s praises. “She gives of her time as if she were an employee. There isn’t a task that she won’t do cheerfully and pleasantly and is a real asset to our department.”

Robert V. Levine, president and Chief Executive Office of Peninsula Hospital Center, also praised the honorees from the Hospital Center saying, “Our auxiliary members and volunteers are an integral part of the hospital family. We are extremely grateful that they have chosen to give their time and energy to us. What they do every day benefits our employees and our patients. Congratulations to both ladies for their outstanding service.”

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