SAINT FRANCIS HONORS SIX EMPLOYEES - Sisters of Saint Joseph, Living Our Mission Awards Presented

            Sisters of Saint Joseph Awards 

            Three staff members were honored with the Sisters of Saint Joseph Award, which honors the religious community that established and staffed the Hospital in 1897.  The recipients were judged by their managers to exemplify service in the tradition of the founding mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry.

            Josephine Cristofaro, a unit support technician in the Hospital’s medical/surgical intermediate care unit 10-9, was cited for exemplary service excellence.  “Josie gives 110 percent every day to assist not only the needs of 10-9 but will go out of her way for any patient, visitor, or staff member in need,” wrote Krystna Demusz, R.N., her nurse manager.

            Whitney Hubbs Dionne, Director of Community and Special Programs for the Saint Francis Foundation, was praised for how she relates to people.  “She becomes ‘fast friends’ with each individual she meets.  Her intentions are truly genuine, and she cares about the wellbeing of each and every person,” noted Lynn Rossini, the Foundation’s Director of Giving Programs and Stewardship.

            Maxine Jackson, R.N., a nurse in the Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, was termed “a true role model for every R.N. to aspire to” by her nurse manager, Elaine Pratt, M.S.N.  “Maxine is patient and compassionate with even the most agitated, challenging of children,” she wrote.

Living Our Mission Awards 

            Three additional staff members were presented with the new Living Our Mission award, which recognizes employees nominated by their peers, who strive, through personal excellence, to fulfill Saint Francis’ mission and core values.

            Susan Crawford, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., a social worker on the Hospital’s Palliative Care Team, was nominated by other members of her team.  “Sue is someone who knows how to serve, who is joyful, and filled with reverence for the gift each person carries within them,” wrote Sue Keefe, A.P.R.N.; Dawn Sawrun, A.P.R.N.; and Emily O’Brien, A.P.R.N.

            Maria Esteves, a housekeeping aide, was cited for her pleasant manner by her supervisor Daniel Pratola.  “She always interacts with everyone in the department, the Hospital, administration, and public with respect and a positive attitude.  The word pleasant – look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll see her picture,” he wrote.

            Michelle Russi, P.T.A., a physical therapy assistant, was cited by a co-worker for exceeding expectations.  “She has gone out of her way to ensure that a patient’s needs are met, even when it has resulted in having to work later or to perform a function that is clearly not within her job description,” wrote Joy Oliano, R.N., C.C.R.N., C.M.

            Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets.  It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.   For more information on Saint Francis, go to