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2 nurses at Beth Israel receive Heart Award

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Mereli Llarenas, RN

Nurses Mildred Gotiangco, RN, and Mereli Llarenas, RN, have earned recognition from their peers at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Brooklyn division.

Gotiangco and Llarenas are recipients of Beth Israel Brooklyn’s 2013 Heart Award, along with Michael Mattia, PT, DPT, director of rehabilitation therapies, and Ramy Yakobi, MD, director of emergency medicine.

The winners were honored at a Feb. 25 breakfast reception that featured Beth Israel President Harris M. Nagler, MD, COO Kevin Molloy, hospital administrators and staff, and family guests.

Gotiangco, a nurse for 22 years, works in the endoscopy suite and often is observed by colleagues from other departments, such as Mary Jane Ventura, manager, cardiovascular services.

“She demonstrates extraordinary efforts in carrying out her responsibilities and continually shows care and compassion for all her patients,” Ventura said in a news release.

Gotiangco was inspired to become a nurse to follow in the footsteps of an older sister.

“No matter how stressful the circumstances, she embued me with a desire to make a difference in the lives of people I care for,” Gotiangco said in the news release.

Llarenas has spent most of her three decades as a nurse at Beth Israel Brooklyn and works in the ICU, where Ruth Samalca Manligoy, RN, said in the release her colleague “is always prepared for the unexpected, [is]dependable to work with, and whose nurturing care of patients and their families always surpasses what is expected of a nurse.” •

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