PRESS RELEASE – County officials including Rockland County Executive Ed Day attended this year’s Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day ceremony on May 11 as part of the nationwide Nurse Recognition Week.
“Nurses are the backbone of our health care system,” Day said. “We can’t thank them enough for the work they do.”
Other officials on hand included Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Deputy Commissioner of Health Catherine Johnson Southren and Michael Hoblin, coordinator of administrative services. They praised the public health nurses in the Rockland County Department of Health.
Nurse Lopez

“You work tirelessly to care for and educate our patients and to improve the health of people in Rockland County,” Day said. “Your efforts are vital to Rockland.”

Rockland County Department of Health nurse Susan Lopez was among the nominees. This year’s celebration at Rockland Community college was the 35th anniversary of the event.
The following nurses were nominated by their peers for special recognition:
Suzanne Cavanaugh, United Hospice of Rockland
Jennifer Cotter, United Hospice of Rockland
Susan Lopez, Rockland County Department of Health
Sandra Mintz, Good Samaritan Hospital
Jane Cronin, Nyack Hospital
Cheryl Lorio, Nyack Hospital
Geraldine A. Falcon, A& T Healthcare, LLC
Virginia Andriola, Nyack Hospital
Noreen Pfaffenburger, Good Samaritan Hospital
Julie Lucero, Helen Hayes Hospital
Annemarie McDermott, Dominican College
Deborah Hill, Nyack Hospital
Grace Mathews, Nyack College
Phyllis M. Yezzo, Good Samaritan Hospital
Julie Fitzmaurice, Nyack Hospital
Kellyann Garvey-Jennings, A&T Healthcare
Maura Raff, Nyack Hospital
Peter Fella, A&T Healthcare
Kathleen Hopkins, Rockland Community College
Award were given to:
Julie Fitzmaurice, Nyack Hospital
Julie Lucero, Helen Hayes Hospital
Jennifer Cotter, United Hospice of Rockland
Jane Cronin, Nyack Hospital

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