Tonawanda News — Kenmore Mercy Hospital capped off National Nurses’ Week by honoring three members of the hospital’s nursing staff Thursday.
Each year, the Catholic Health hospital takes one day show its thanks to these men and women who specialize in patient care. Many of those nurses packed into the hospital’s Community Room for the ceremony.
Mary LaMartina was chosen as Nurse of Distinction Alan Chittley was chosen as Outstanding Staff Nurse, and Mary Boldinski was chosen as Outstanding Nurse’s Assistant.
LaMartina, of Williamsville, a nurse in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, joined Kenmore Mercy in 1988. Chittley, a Lockport resident and night nurse on the 2 East surgical recovery/orthopedic unit, started at the hospital in 1986. Boldinski, of Tonawanda, is a nurse’s assistant Emergency Department, where she has worked since 2004.
“Honorees demonstrate excellence in the areas of clinical performance, advancement of the nursing practice, and contribution to the hospital’s goal of improving the quality of patient care,” said Cheryl Hayes, vice president of Patient Care Services.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses’ Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.