Beth Israel Medical Center honored the Brooklyn division’s 2013 Heart Award recipients with their plaques. From left, Marguerite Corda, RN, VP, Patient Care Services; Ramy Yakobi, M.D., Director, Emergency Medicine; Kevin Molloy, COO; Mildred Gotiangco, RN, Endoscopy; Chaim Bernstein, M.D., CMO; Mereli Llarenas, RN, ICU; Michael Mattia, DPT, Director, Rehab Therapies; Rhona Hetsrony, VP, Operations; and Harris M. Nagler, M.D., Beth Israel President.

Going above and beyond what their job descriptions call for are qualities shared by Mildred Gotiangco, RN and Mereli Llarenas, RN, earning them recognition by 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, DPT, director of rehabilitation therapies, and Ramy Yakobi, M.D., director of emergency medicine.

With Beth Israel president Harris M. Nagler, M.D., and COO Kevin Molloy joining Beth Israel Brooklyn administrators and staff, and family guests, the Heart Awardees were honored at a breakfast reception on Feb. 25.

Gotiangco works in the Endoscopy Suite and is often observed by colleagues from other departments, like Mary Jane Ventura, manager, Cardiovascular Services, as the nurse of 22 years carefully explains procedures to patients.

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

Originally from Parañaque, Metro Manila, and a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing, she was inspired to follow in the footsteps of an older sister from whom she saw the rewards of nursing.

“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 humbly.

Like Gotiangco, Llarenas is originally from the Philippines.

She grew up in Naguilian, La Union, and received her BSN from Union Christian College.  

She also has spent most of her three decades as a nurse at Beth Israel Brooklyn.

Llarenas works in the Intensive Care Unit, where Ruth Samalca Manligoy, RN, says her colleague “is always prepared for the unexpected...dependable to work with, and whose nurturing care of patients and their families always surpasses what is expected of a nurse.”

Abigail Kristt, RN, nurse manager, ICU, concurred with the assessment.

Duly proud of the recognition of the nurses is Marguerite Corda, RN, MSN, vice president, Patient Care Services, who was particularly gratified that both nurses have long been associated with Beth Israel and totally committed to the hospital’s mission of providing excellent quality of care.

“Ms. Gotiangco and Ms. Llarenas have distinguished themselves in their care and treatment of patients and their families, as well as in their relationships with their co-workers. Their Heart Awards are well-deserved,” said Corda.

Special plaques and pins were presented to each Heart Award recipient.

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