Touro Infirmary

FALL 2013

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SPIRIT OF WOMEN Celebrates our 2013 National Award Winners We honor these special regional healthcare heroes for their dedication, service and passion. Healthcare Hero NICOLE GRAVES Nominated by Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana Nicole, a registered oncology nurse, was drawn to the field of cancer care after her grandmother's diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Her caring and compassionate spirit shines through with the care she gives to her patients and their families. She often comes in to work on her days off to visit with them and get them anything they need, no matter how big. Nicole even planned a surprise luau for a patient complete with balloons, streamers and Hawaiian wear. Nicole has a true passion for patients and families facing a diagnosis of cancer. She cares deeply about helping others and making them feel comfortable and relaxed in a time of need. Healthcare Hero CHETANA KRIPALU,M.D. Nominated by Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Delaware For Chetana Kripalu, M.D., philanthropy is a global mission. She founded an orphanage in India and a school in Kenya, and has launched a nonprofit group that supports outreach in Delaware and abroad. Locally, Dr. Kripalu has organized a volunteer group that serves lunch to more than 100 hungry people every Sunday. The Kripalus are dedicated to raising a new generation of philanthropists. Their children are active fundraisers and accompany their parents on trips to the orphanage in India. Young Person Role Model JENNA SCHYMA Nominated by St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health System, St. Cloud, Minnesota Jenna works at a therapeutic riding center teaching kids with special needs to ride horses. She works alongside an occupational therapist, and plans to pursue a career in this field. Jenna has also been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for four years and was nominated as a "Big of the Year." She was captain of the swim team and is an officer in her community's Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. She volunteers her time by teaching 6th grade religion, helping at a nursing home and giving after-school swim lessons to children. Jenna is not only a bright, focused and determined young lady but also a very caring and sympathetic individual. She really enjoys cheering people up by finding something to make them laugh. © 2013 Spirit Health Group. All rights reserved.

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