YONKERS, N.Y. -- Elizabeth Almanzar, a nurse at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, and Blanca Rodriguez, a nurse at the John A. Coleman School, will be recipients of the 2014 East Kiwanis Yonkers Club Nurse Recognition Award during a ceremony on Thursday, May 1.
The ceremony will be held at the Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Almanzar has been a nurse at the pediatric center for 13 years and specializes in pediatric long-term care, pulmonology and caring for ventilator-assisted pediatric patients. In fact, Almanzar was one of the first nurses to be trained and assigned as a primary care nurse to medically complex ventilator-dependent children when the pediatric center first launched its Pediatric Long-Term Ventilator Care Program.
“Through her work and interactions, Ms. Almanzar exemplifies the characteristics of the ideal palliative care provider," said Judith Bianca, the pediatric center’s chief nursing officer.
"She is able to identify and address the comfort needs of her patients, their families and her colleagues in a timely and highly effective manner,” said Dr. Gregory Kraus, attending physician at the center.
Rodriguez has worked as a nurse at the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School for 14 years. Rodriguez specializes in caring for children with complex medical needs and ventilator-assisted pediatric patients. She provides skilled nursing services and highly specialized care daily to about 115 students who have complex medical diagnoses.
Sharon Herl, principal of the Yonkers campus of the John A. Coleman School said, “Ms. Rodriguez is kind and gentle with the children. She prepares them for procedures by speaking to them in a soft and reassuring tone, making eye contact and providing a gentle touch to decrease their anxiety.”
Herl also noted that Rodriguez does whatever she can to help integrate our medically complex children into the community.