Mount Sinai Queens celebrates 11th anniversary

Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens celebrated its 11th anniversary of serving the community by honoring some of their employees who have worked hard throughout the year.

As part of its celebration, which included appearances by hospital administrators and City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Mount Sinai presented awards in six different categories for employee excellence and one team award.

Elizabeth Rolston, who has been a nurse for 35 years but just completed her first year at the Long Island City hospital, received the freshman of the year award and was delighted with the outcome.

“It made me feel young. I never thought I would be a freshman again,” she joked.

Some of the other award winners were employee of the year Catherine Farina; manager of the year Rosa Collell-Olucha, who is the director of rehab medicine; service excellence awardee Genelin Barayuga, a registered nurse who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospitals in Manhattan and Queens for over 20 years. The physician of the year award went to Dr. Rodrigo Sequeira, who has also has been working at Mount Sinai for over 20 years.

“It’s like a family here, I hope to continue being in this family,” Sequeira said.

In addition, the hospital presented its team of the year was award to the “Rapid Response Team,” which includes members from critical care attending, critical nursing, and respiratory therapy.

While the hospital is celebrating its 11th anniversary in Queens, officials hope to extend the services it offers to the community by creating an additional nine-story building for its patients.

“We are trying for a new nine-story building hospital to serve the community,” said Shelly Felder, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Mount Sinai Hospital. “Peter Vallone is an advocate for the new building. Every room will have its own bathroom, state-of-the-art equipment and more operating rooms.”

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