Calvary Honors Shernette Clarke, CCT with "Catch A Star" Award

Bronx Resident Honored for Her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, December 2012 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident,
Shernette Clarke, CCT with the “Catch a Star” Award. The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff) who demonstrate the Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Shernette Clarke, has worked as a nurse’s aide since joining Calvary in 2007 and graduated as a Cancer Care Technician, CCT in 2009.
         Her nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • “Shernette is an extraordinarily caring and sensitive health care worker.”
  • “Shernette went above and beyond what was required of her.”
  • “She was always there to comfort and cheer us up.”
  • “Mrs. Clarke should be recognized for the compassion and love she shows.”

         Shernette Clarke was born in Kingston, Jamaica where she graduated from Kingston Technical School. Some of her hobbies are cooking and shopping. She resides in the Bronx with her family. 

         Established more than 50 years ago, Calvary Hospital’s rigorous six-month training program for Cancer Care Technicians has produced hundreds of outstanding health care professionals with the necessary skills to help people with advanced cancer achieve the best possible quality of life. These talented, dedicated professionals are responsible for skin care, wound care, assistance with feeding, patient safety, and the overall comfort of Calvary Hospital patients. Our CCT program has become a national model of appropriate, cost-effective, and competent palliative care, and has helped us achieve our reputation as a “National Leader in Palliative Care.” Calvary celebrated the 50th anniversary of the CCT program in October 2012.

PHOTOCAPTION:
Calvary awards the Catch a Star Award to Shernette Clarke, CCT, pictured (left to right):

  • Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources;
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, Director of Staff Development;
  • Shernette Clarke, CCT (Honoree); and
  • Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

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