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Jeanne Colamussi is extremely honored and humbled to receive the Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ Award. Jeanne has a long history as a dedicated employee serving the patients of Mercy Medical Center over the last 32 years. In 1978, at 14 1/2 years old, Jeanne began her commitment to Mercy Hospital as a Candy Striper working under the supervision of Sister Mary Thomas. Jeanne soon realized nursing would be her lifelong calling. While putting herself through nursing school, at Nassau Community College, Jeanne worked as a Nurse's Aide every weekend on the former 3Pavillion unit under the mentorship of Maryann Kick, RN and her staff. Jeanne was inspired both professionally and spiritually by the care given to the patients on 3P. She aspired to be of the same caliber as the nurses who trained and mentored her during this time. In 1984, Jeanne became an RN and was thrilled to be a new hire on 2Main working with Linda Grant as her head nurse.

After 4 years on 2Main, Jeanne decided she wanted a new challenge and moved on to the ICU. The ICU was a very unique environment where she learned and trained with some of the brightest nurses and doctors at Mercy. It was truly a team effort and Jeanne met some of her dearest friends during this period in her career. She remained there over the next 10 years until an opportunity presented itself to work in Special Procedures. Jeanne always pushed herself to learn new areas of nursing while always maintaining her commitment to patients and their families. In 2004, Jeanne was selected to train in Saint Francis' Cardiac Catheterization Lab as Mercy would soon be opening their first diagnostic Cath Lab. As always, Jeanne began this new chapter in her career with enthusiasm and a thirst to learn a new area of nursing while capitalizing on her critical care expertise from ICU. In 2012, Jeanne's nursing career would take another turn as she became Mercy's only Certified Breast Patient Navigator. Along with the dedicated multidisciplinary team members and support from Maggie Glier, Director of Nursing, Jeanne has been able to develop and implement a successful Navigation support system for all of Mercy's breast cancer patients. Jeanne draws inspiration and strength from her patients and considers herself blessed to have the privilege of working with them.

Mercy Medical Center has been at the center of not only Jeanne's professional life, but also her spiritual and personal life. Jeanne is the mother of four wonderful boys, Daniel, Matthew, Brian and Brendan, who were all born in Mercy's Labor and Delivery Unit. Jeanne currently resides in Garden City and has been married for 26 years to her supportive and loving husband, Anthony. Along with her community parish of St. Anne's, Mercy's faith-based community of professionals has enabled Jeanne to practice nursing with respect, integrity, compassion, and dignity for all people who walk through the doors of Mercy Medical Center. She is very proud to be a "Mercy Nurse."
 
 
 
 
 






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