Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Honors UHealth Nurses with a Proclamation

The celebration of National Nurses Week at UHealth’s three hospitals reached a crescendo May 10, when Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who served as Miami’s fire-rescue chief for nine years, presented a proclamation to “honor the folks that really make hospitals run.”

“I know doctors think they do, but we really know the truth,” Gimenez said, drawing laughter at a festive ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center also attended by County Commissioner Javier Souto and dozens of nurses from Sylvester, University of Miami Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “I rode fire rescue for about eight years in my previous life and I understand the importance of nurses and the tremendous work that you do day in and day out to help improve the quality of the lives of patients, and save the lives of patients.”

Speaking as both a patient and community leader, Commissioner Souto summed up his sentiments simply: “You people do wonders here,” he said.

The ceremony, which showcased Sylvester and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics’ “Anchored to Excellence” theme, capped a week of recognition, activities, enrichments and honors across the medical campus for the more than 1,000 UHealth nurses who — as Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Sylvester Chief Nursing officer Elizabeth Smith, DNP, RN, and many others noted — deserve far more than a week of thanks.

“Among nurses’ 24-hour responsibilities is the creation and maintenance of a safe, healing environment for patients, their families and their communities, so one week a year is not enough time to celebrate all nurses do for society,” said JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, Chief Nursing Officer at UMH, which honored its outstanding nurses at a midweek awards ceremony. “But nurses don’t do all they do for recognition. They are caring, compassionate, dedicated professionals who have the knowledge and skills to shape patient-centered, high-quality health care delivery systems for our nation and the world.”

A nurse herself, Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, MSN, ARNP, couldn’t agree more, and was delighted to present a proclamation honoring the dedication of nurses at UHealth at Plantation on May 8, the middle of National Nurses Week, which ended May 12, the 193rd birthday of Florence Nightingale

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