Five Extraordinary Hackensack University Medical Center Nurses Earn Special Recognition

January 19, 2017 03:25 PM
Laura VanDePutte MSN, RN, CPON;Carlene Cord, RN, APN; Krystyna Toczylowski MSN, RN; Claudia Douglas, DNP, MA, BSN; and Kristina Rioux, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CCRN.

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that five of its nurses have achieved recognition in their field: Claudia Douglas, DNP, MA, BSN; Kristina Rioux, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CCRN; Krystyna Toczylowski MSN, RN; Laura VanDePutte MSN, RN, CPON; and Carlene Cord, RN, APN.

“I want to congratulate our valued team members on their significant achievements,” said Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at HackensackUMC. “These honors are a true testament to their commitment to providing the highest-quality patient-centered care.”

“It is a pleasure and privilege to partner with Claudia, Kristi, Krys, Laura and Carlie, who offer their considerable skills and talents to benefit the patients in our care,” said Dianne Aroh, RN, FACHE executive vice president and chief clinical and patient care officer at HackensackUMC. “These exemplary professionals demonstrate every day what it means to give of oneself in service of others.”

Dr. Douglas, administrative director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research at HackensackUMC, and Ms. Rioux, education specialist on the Critical Care Education team at HackensackUMC, have been honored as 2016 Divas in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing, the Foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association. They were recognized for making an extraordinary impact on the profession and community at a celebration in Princeton, NJ.

Ms. Toczylowski, a clinical nurse specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, and Ms. VanDePutte, a nurse manager at the Children’s Cancer Institute, Inpatient and Outpatient, Pediatric Photophoresis and the Day Accommodation Suite at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, were honored by The Record with Tribute to Nursing Awards for their remarkable contributions during a ceremony in Paramus, NJ.

Ms. Cord, a pediatric oncology advanced practice nurse at the Children’s Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, was recognized for her dedication and passion as a finalist for a March of Dimes New Jersey Nurse of the Year Award at a reception in Edison, NJ.

Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right: Laura VanDePutte MSN, RN, CPON honored by The Record for the Tribute to Nursing award; Carlene Cord, RN, APN honored as a finalist for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year; Krystyna Toczylowski MSN, RN honored by The Record for the Tribute to Nursing award; Claudia Douglas, DNP, MA, BSN honored as 2016 Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing; and Kristina Rioux, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CCRN also honored as 2016 Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing. 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit




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