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“Volunteers at New York Methodist are the balance we need in an increasingly high tech environment,” said Mimi Makovitzky, director of educational and volunteer resources at NYM.
The New York Methodist Auxiliary Award for Outstanding Pre-Nursing College Student was awarded to Irina Rokun , a resident of Bensonhurst. Ms. Rokun, who has given almost 500 hrs to NYM, volunteers both on the Hospital’s medical surgical unit and in the Division of Cardiology, where she assists with research.
Back row (from left), Aaron Chalal, Ilene Adams, Mark J. Mundy, president and CEO of NYM. Front row (from left) Rifka Klaristenfeld, Monique Montenegro and Irina Rokun.
The Ann Chisena Award for Community Involvement was presented to Rifka Klaristenfeld of
Monique Montenegro, who lives in Kensington, was this year’s recipient of the Marie la Ruffa Award for Patient Care. Ms.
The Frank Spera Award for Dependability was presented to Ilene Adams of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Ms. Adams has been a faithful volunteer in the Hospital’s Cuddling Program since its inception in March 2008. The Program trains volunteer to hold and comfort babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Aaron Chalal, of Downtown Brooklyn, was the recipient of the Mary Velez Emergency Room Award for Excellence. A graduate of the
“Without the kind of service our volunteers give, we would not be the marvelous Hospital we are today,” said John E. Carrington, chairman of NYM’s board of trustees, and a faithful patron of the event.
New York Methodist Hospital, a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to over 34,000 inpatients each year. An additional 350,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital offers Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Asthma and Lung Disease; Cancer Care; Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery; Digestive and Liver Disorders; Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders; Vascular Medicine and Surgery; Family Care; Neurosciences; Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery and Women’s Health. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. New York Methodist is affiliated with the Weill College of Medicine at