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Maimonides Welcomes Prominent Civic Leaders as Honorary “Nurses for a Day”


In celebration of National Nurses Week, Maimonides Medical Center invited prominent civic leaders to serve as honorary “Nurses for a Day.”

Honorary Nurses were given custom-made nursing uniforms and attended a brief orientation before assuming their duties. Each Honorary Nurse was paired with a Maimonides Nurse—and the duos set out to provide excellent care to patients throughout the Medical Center, including the Children’s Hospital and the Cancer Center.

The goal of this event was to provide a realistic glimpse into the day-to-day activities of our nursing staff. Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, and are the true backbones of patient care.

After completing several hours of nursing duties, the Honorary Nurses attended a reception and graduation ceremony where they received “diplomas.” Maimonides President & CEO Kenneth Gibbs congratulated them and invited them to share their experiences with the group. The overall theme of their comments was genuine appreciation for the dedication to exceptional patient care at Maimonides.

Mr. Gibbs acknowledged Chief Nursing Officer Tom Smith and Executive Vice President Douglas Jablon for putting together the outstanding program. He then thanked all of the Honorary Nurses who shared this unique and valuable learning experience, urging them to spread the word about the amazing Nursing Department at Maimonides Medical Center.   

Honorary Nurses included: NYC Police Commissioner James O’Neill; Consulate General of Pakistan in New York Raja Ali Eja; Brooklyn Branch Director of the Chinese-American Planning Council Steve Mei; Legal Information for Families Today CEO Cathy Cramer, Esq.; New York State Supreme Court Justice Bruce Balter; Dyker Heights Civic Association President Frances Vella-Marrone; Fox 5 Good Day NY Reporter Baruch Shemtov; and others.  

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