The nursing staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange honored Allied Anesthesia physicians Frank Sweeny and Phillip Richardson during National Nurses Week in May.
Due to their incredible leadership and collaboration, Drs. Richardson and Sweeny received the 2014 M.D. Friend of Nursing award.
Dr. Richardson’s contributions to the hospital include helping the nursing team to pilot the first cesarean section on-time trial. He is also an advocate for the laborist program and has been available for consultation as the hospital’s maternity program continues to grow.
Dr. Sweeny was nominated for providing leadership and support, and for bringing dignity to every interaction at all levels. He consistently takes the time to work directly with the nursing team to ensure quality patient outcomes.
Both Richardson and Sweeny were surprised and honored by the awards. They are firm supporters of nurses, and recognize the key role that nurses play within the health care system. For them, it is necessary that all members of the team be celebrated and thanked.
“This is truly a special award that will always be dear to my heart,” Richardson said. “My mother and grandmother were both nurses, and I believe they would be proud that they raised a son/grandson that is being recognized as a Friend of Nursing.” He added, “Every partner in the process is critical for the best outcome for both the mother and baby and we need everyone working together.”
Sweeny also took the opportunity to thank the nurses, who he said “do so much and get so little credit” yet are so critical to positive patient outcomes.
We are pleased that our physicians were recognized for their efforts, and we also would like to take a moment to thank all members of the nursing team at St. Joseph Hospital. Their dedication makes a big difference in the lives of our patients.