On May 11, Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Nurse Cindy Pengelly was honored with a Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Awards represent the state’s largest nursing recognition program.
Cindy has worked for The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center (HLRCC) since 1999, making her one of its founding employees. Notes Leever Cancer Center Operations Manager Deborah Parkinson, “Cindy demonstrates exceptional professional care and compassion — guiding, educating, and assisting our patients through sometimes long courses of radiation therapy. Her patience and supportive care have enabled many patients to get through difficult treatment courses successfully. More than once, Cindy has given up valuable personal time to come in and assist with wound care or a dressing change for a patient in need. Cindy has helped shape HLRCC policy, coordinated infection control, created new programs, and is always looking for new and better processes.” Congratulations and thank you, Cindy!