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Noteworthy Nurses

2011 Scholarships Awarded to Exceptional Nurses, Staff


2011 scholarship recipients Wendy Ferro-Grant, RN, and Darlene Soriano, RN.

Each year, St. Joseph Hospital offers Foundation-sponsored scholarships for staff, attained through a competitive application process. These scholarships are funded mainly on memorial gifts given in recognition of honored staff and physicians over the years.

Congratulations to the 2011 scholarship award recipients

Mrs. Alice Paone, RN, dedicated 23 years of her life to the service of the patients, nurses and medical staff of St. Joseph Hospital. This scholarship encourages professional advancement in nursing. CNO Katie Skelton, RN, NEA, BC, MSN presented the Alice Paone scholarships to Natalie Berakovich, Deborah Bolton, RN, Kierston Price and Darlene Soriano, RN.

Sister Frances Dunn entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1931, and served in a variety of leadership roles over her career. This scholarship supports healthcare related education, and Chief Medical Officer Ray Casciari, MD, presented this year's Sr. Frances Dunn awards to Patty Banuelos, RN, Ricardo Cervantes and Heidi Swanson-Fellows.

The Thomas Dorsey, M. D. Scholarship is for Cardiac Catheterization Lab nurses and technicians. This scholarship was created by Heart Center colleagues in honor of Dr. Dorsey, a nationally respected pioneer in interventional radiology, following his retirement after 20 years of dedicated service at St. Joseph Hospital. This year's recipient is Sheetal Patel.

Dr. Dominick Gentile established St. Joseph Hospital's first chronic dialysis program in 1972. This scholarship promotes professional advancement for Renal Center nurses and technicians. Dr. Amer Jabara presented this year's Dominick Gentile scholarships to Dennis Montejo, RN, and Karen Retardo, RN.

The Medical Staff has established a new scholarship fund in honor of retired SJH CEO Larry K. Ainsworth for his 16 years of leadership of St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, his work with Medical Staff and his work extending health and wellness to the underserved within the community. Dr. George Moro, Chief of Staff, presented the first Larry K. Ainsworth scholarships to Kimberly Banks and Joann Ladrido.


Patti Aube, RN-BC, MSN, Receives 2011 Award for "Excellence"

This year's award recipient for Excellence is Executive Director of Nursing Professional Development and Research and Magnet Program Director Patti Aube, RN-BC, MSN. Read about Patti's passion for the values of St. Joseph Hospital by clicking here.

AACN Circle of Excellence Award Winner, 2010

Carmen Ferrell, RN, MSN, CCRN, Executive Director of Critical Care and Telemetry Services, has received the 2010 Circle of Excellence award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Given annually, less than 25 individuals worldwide receive this prestigious award.

Circle of Excellence recipients are chosen by a panel of volunteer reviewers and rated on the basis of how well the nominees achieved the following criteria:

  • Relentlessly promotes patient-driven excellence
  • Models skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision making and meaningful recognition
  • Transforms thinking, structures and processes to address challenges and remove barriers to advance patient-driven excellence Furthers AACN's mission and key initiatives at influential forums
  • Enriches own and other organizations by influencing and mentoring others in achieving excellence
  • Achieves visible results that validate impact of individual leadership contribution to organizational excellence.



Meet Leda Monsees, a St. Joseph Hospital nurse celebrating
her 50th anniversary in Nursing!

Click here and scroll down to find Leda.