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Monday, May 9, 2011

Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. serves as honorary chairman for Nightingale Nursing Awards

NEW HAVEN  – John R. Quinn, President  & CEO of VNA Health Systems, has announced that Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. serve as the honorary chairman and Keynote Speakeedr for the 11th annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing held May 5 at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing is Connecticut's largest statewide nursing recognition program that celebrates outstanding nurses and the nursing profession.
Quinn said. "Ted recognizes that nurses are invaluable and looks forward to honoring Greater New Haven's outstanding nursing professionals."

Kennedy is the President and co-founder of Marwood Group & Co., a healthcare focused financial services firm that specializes in proprietary healthcare research, capital introductions, asset management and private equity advisory services.  Kennedy has been an active leader in the civil rights movement for people with disabilities and practices health law.  He continues to serve on the corporate and advisory boards of numerous disability organizations and lectures nationwide on topics relating to health and disability law.  Kennedy received a law degree from the University of Connecticut School Of Law.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed in 2001 by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut.  The goal of the Nightingale Awards is to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention on and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level. In 2003, the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing grew to include Programs in Greater Fairfield County, Greater Hartford County, and Eastern CT as well as the original program in New Haven.  In the spirit of inspiring future nurses, Nightingale provides scholarships to nursing students at Quinnipiac University, Yale University, Gateway Community College, Sacred Heart University, and Southern Connecticut State University.  To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.nightingalenursingawards.org/newhaven/.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing are non-competitive and inclusive of all health care settings - hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care facilities, nursing schools, agencies, and medical practices. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who demonstrate excellence may be nominated for recognition by their employers if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship, and/or education. To learn more about nominating a nurse, visit https://www.nightingalenursingawards.org/newhaven/.
 For more information about becoming a sponsor or supporting the awards event contact Jennifer Bernheim, Public Relations Coordinator, at 203-859-6765 or email nightingale@vnascc.org. Major sponsorship benefits include attending a private pre-event reception with Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.
 VNA Health Systems is comprised of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) and CareSource, Inc.
 Editor's note: All information and photos in this post were contributed.

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