Two Healthcare Directors from The Execu|Search Group, Amanda Bleakney and Allison Fagan, were recently honored with an invitation to attend a special event hosted by the New York Times, which recognized outstanding professionals in the healthcare industry. Each year, the New York Times pays a “Tribute to Nurses” in a special section of the New York Times Magazine. Distributing awards in education, innovation, leadership, research, and service, the New York Times hopes to bring attention to the field of nursing by recognizing several nurses’ contributions to the field.
In order to be recognized in the ‘Tribute to Nurses’ publication, nominees had to have first received an award during National Nurses Week, be practicing in NY, NJ, CT, or PA, and have been nominated by a co-worker from the same hospital. Winners, chosen by the New York Times and the ‘Tribute to Nurses’ Editor, receive a $500 prize and an invitation to celebrate their achievement at the annual ‘Tribute to Nurses’ awards breakfast, which was held on December 12, 2011, featuring speaker Tara Parker-Pope.
Tara Parker-Pope is the creator and writer of “Well,” a daily health blog and weekly column for the New York Times that has recently been recognized as the best blog of 2011 by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In addition to writing many award-winning articles, Tara has written three books and has been published in countless magazines, including O Magazine and Reader’s Digest.
After listening to the informative – and entertaining – speakers, Amanda and Allison were excited to see their fellow NYACC member Michael Tagadaya, Nurse Manager – Ambulatory Services at NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, receive his award for “Innovation and Leadership”, an award that was created this year especially for him. Michael was honored due to his outstanding commitment to the development of his staff and interns and was commended for exceptional service and inspiration. The event was filled with warm words and gracious thanks to these wonderful individuals working endlessly to improve the healthcare profession. Being involved in healthcare themselves, Amanda and Allison were excited to see the “nurses’ passion for their patients and clinical teams” (Fagan) and to hear about “all the great ways New York’s nurses are rising above and beyond their nursing duties” (Bleakney).