GREENWICH, Conn. -- As part of its recent National Nurses Week celebration, Greenwich Hospital presented awards to residents of Greenwich, New Fairfield and Derby.
Greenwich Hospital presented Patricia Szechtman, RN, with the Helen Meehan Award for Excellence in Nursing at the hospital’s annual Ceremony for Excellence in Nursing. Szechtman, a Greenwich resident, has taken care of patients in the Greenwich community for more than 40 years.
The Helen Meehan Award was established in 1989 in honor of Helen Kirschbaum Meehan, RN, a devoted professional whose career at Greenwich Hospital spanned 53 years. The award is given each year to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in nursing practice, teaching and leadership.
Norman Roth, Greenwich Hospital president, hosted the celebration, where two other awards were presented.Dr. Herbert Archer, a hospitalist who lives in New Fairfield, was presented with the Physician Partner in Care Award in honor of his compassionate bedside manner with patients and their families.
Derby resident Frank Dechane, coordinator of the Sterile Processing Department, received the Partner in Care Award, for exceeding standards of excellence for patient safety and quality.
Susan Brown, RN, chief nursing officer and executive vice president of operations and patient care services at Greenwich Hospital, congratulated all the nominees.
“This week, in particular, we celebrate our nurses, who, as Sara Moss-Wolfe said, ‘are one of the few blessings of being ill.’ I am honored to be able to recognize the accomplishments of our nurses who give their all to our patients and their families each and every day,” Brown said.