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Kaleida Health Honors Nurses at Awards Ceremony

Updated: 5/12/2012
Kaleida Health’s Outstanding Staff RNs, (from left to right), Amanda Austin, RN, BGMC; Karen Whittall, RN, DMH; Amber Drews, RN, BGMC (formerly from MFG); Ashley Hess, RN, MFS; and Sonja Robinson, RN, BS, VNA. Not pictured: Jayme Reyome, RN, WCHOB

In honor of Nurses Week, an awards ceremony was held Tuesday, May 8, at the Buffalo General Medical Center during which Kaleida Health's outstanding RNs, LPNs, and UAPs (Unlicensed Assistive Personel) were honored.  Congratulations to the following award winners and to all our our nurses. 

Buffalo General Medical Center &
Gates Vascular Institute

Staff Nurse of the Year Amanda Austin, RN 15 North
Staff Nurse of the Year Amber Drews, RN
(formerly from MFG)
Neuro Stepdown
Outstanding LPN Elizabeth Koszuta, LPN GI Lab
Rising Star RN Alisa Pasnik, RN

15 North


DeGraff Memorial Hospital NAME DEPARTMENT
Staff Nurse of the Year Karen Whittall, RN 4 West
Outstanding LPN Mary Nowocien, LPN SNF
Outstanding UAP Maria Vega MRU
Outstanding UAP  Tricia Steele SNF
Rising Star RN Jennifer Kowalski, RN


Rising Star RN Jack Miljour, RN 



Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital NAME DEPARTMENT
Staff Nurse of the Year Ashley Hess, RN 2 Southeast 
Outstanding UAP Matthew Paoletti  Float Pool
Rising Star RN April Adamo, RN

2 North


Visiting Nursing Association of WNY

Staff Nurse of the Year Sonja Robinson, RN, BS Infusion Therapy
Outstanding LPN Darian Devonshire, LPN Team 3
Nurse of Distinction Donna Hamilton, RN Team 6


Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo NAME DEPARTMENT
Staff Nurse of the Year Jayme Reyome, RN NICU
Outstanding LPN Joanne Kilianski, LPN Mother/Baby Unit
Outstanding UAP Lindsay Taylor Procedures
Rising Star RN Dawn Collier-Hezel, RN

Labor & Delivery