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Children’s Class of 2017 – August Honoree

Updated: 8/31/2017

With 45 years under her belt, Donna Alessi holds the title of the longest-tenured neonatal ICU nurse at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. While medical advancements have changed many outcomes for the better, Donna’s dedication to providing steadfast love to the hospital’s tiniest patients has never wavered. From caring for babies within the hospital walls, to starting programs which offer support to families after they leave – Donna’s compassion for the vulnerable is endless.

To mark the end of an era and the start of new beginnings, Donna will be turning out the lights in the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo NICU during the move to the medical campus this November. Her commitment to serving families of Western New York has earned her a spot in the Children’s Class of 2017 and the title “Biggest Advocate for our Littlest Patients.”

Watch Donna’s video and read through her Q&A here.

The Children’s Class of 2017 is an initiative that was launched in January 2017 to celebrate former and current patients and staff who’ve helped shape the hospital’s 125-year history. To learn more about the Children’s Class of 2017 and the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s move to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, visit and follow @WCHOBisMoving on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.