L-R: Hon. Ambassador Hilario Davide Jr., Hon Deputy Con. Melissa Tomeczek, V. Venenoso, RN, R. Andrion, RN, J. Badoy, RN, F. Nebres, RN, BA,MPA, J. Zerna, RN, UHC Sr. Vice-President Zenaida Santos, MD and Ben Santos, RN,BS-HCM, President and CEO

The presence of the Honorable Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., formerly Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and presently the Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations at the Nursing Excellence Award 2008 as guest speaker added greater honor and glory to the already nationally acclaimed festivities otherwise known as “Filipino
Nursing Day!.”

Adding professionalism and that “woman’s touch” was the very well applauded inspirational speech delivered by Deputy Consul General Melita Sta. Maria Tomeczek and the reading of the message of the Hon. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by UHC Senior Vice-President Zenaida E. Santos, MD.

The search was open to all Filipino-American nurses and undertaken by mail, e-mail, fax and press. Most welcome were nominations from Directors of Nursing/Administrators and Chief Executive Officers of hospitals and health care facilities. The five (5) outstanding Registered Professional Nurses were chosen for having shown exemplary dedication, compassion and professionalism, and beyond that is symbolic, that is, that they received the awards for and in behalf of the more than 2.7 million nurses all over the country for “making a difference on the lives that they touch everyday.”

Benjamin H. Santos, RN-BS/HCM tackled the situation squarely when in his Welcome Address, he stated that the occasion is “in honor of the tireless efforts of the Registered Professional Nurses nationwide, recognizing the invaluable services they provide, that is, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.” It is reason enough to “pay tribute to these nurses who make the ultimate sacrifice on a daily basis to provide expert care during times of disaster and distress.”

Ceremonies were held at the Philippine Consulate Offices, Kalayaan Hall, 556 5th Avenue, NY 10036 at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 10, 2008. Capital One Bank was one of the sponsors of the festivities.

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