Patient award celebrates excellence in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing

February 24, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,
Top: The virtual award presentation. Bottom: Chiti presented with her award.

The Eric Hartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing was first introduced on 7E four years ago by the Hartwell family through the Eric Hartwell Foundation.

Eric was diagnosed will ALL T-Cell Ph+ in June 2004 and passed away on Dec. 6, 2004 at 9 years old.

“Eric’s primary nurses made an extraordinary impact,” said Mike Hartwell, Eric’s father and a member of the C&W development team. “From helping us understand how they would be providing his care, their sense of commitment, compassion, friendship and love meant and continue to mean so very much to us. We saw firsthand just how much their patients mean to them. Our hope is for this award to reflect our deep appreciation.”

The Eric Hartwell Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation created in memory of Eric that seeks to provide direct support to children diagnosed with pediatric blood cancers, increase awareness about the severity and prevalence of childhood blood cancers, and to provide support for medical research in finding the causes and, more importantly, the cures. 

This is the Eric Hartwell Foundation’s fourth year providing the award for nursing on 7E and the winner is selected based upon demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Consistently delivers the highest quality pediatric hematology/oncology care nursing and is valued as a resource by his/her peers.
  • Fosters the multidisciplinary team approach to pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • Strong positive role model in the unit and is a positive influence on unit morale.
  • Serves as a professional role model by:
    • Demonstrating clinical excellence
    • Positive assertive communication
    • Staying current with nursing and medical literature
    • Participation in unit and hospital policy development
    • Demonstrates interest and participation in unit nursing and medical research projects
    • Seeks to participate in unit governance activities
    • Advocates solutions to problems in a constructive and collegial manner

“This award is so important to our unit because our nurses nominate their nursing peers,” said Julie Juno-LaPan, M.S., B.S.N., RN-BC, CNML, clinical nursing director for 7E. “We also want to give a special thanks to Mike and Lisa Hartwell for their continued support of this award. It’s such an honor to carry on Eric’s legacy through this award.”

Seven nurses were nominated for the 2021 award, including Allison Bailey, Scott Baty, Amanda Chiti, Jenny Hill, Caryn Kosteva, Meghan Suell and Emily VanHartesveldt.

The 2021 recipient is Chiti for being “a skilled clinician who uses her intelligence, common sense and true concern for patients to perform great nursing care. Amanda has a calm, confident and professional, yet personal, approach with patients and families. She has great communication skills and has good rapport with staff from all departments.”

As the winner, Amanda receives a scholarship to use to attend a major conference or other educational opportunity to advance her professional development.

Congratulations to Amanda and all the nominees!