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Nightingale Benefit Concert Raises Nearly $22K – Nurse of the Year Named


On Friday, May 3rd at the Center for the Arts in Homer was the second annual Nightingale Concert hosted by the Cortland Memorial Foundation. This year’s event raised nearly $22,000 dollars for the Memorial Foundation to support Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

Additionally, the event honored a nurse with the 2024 Nightingale Award. The award is named after Florence Nightingale, who is considered the mother of modern nursing. This year’s award was given to Carey Wilk, Oncology Nurse Navigator for the Renzi Cancer Center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Guthrie says she was recognized for her unwavering dedication to nursing excellence and compassionate service to our community.

“There is no title more fitting for Carey than Oncology Nurse Navigator,” said Kansas Underwood, Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Operations at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. “Carey is the source of comfort for our cancer patients and their loved ones as she guides them through their cancer journey. She is their constant and their rock.”

Other nurses at Guthrie who were nominated were: Susan Bravos, Katrina Brockway, Nicole Cornelius, Heather Griswold, Olga Levitskiy, and Doreen Turner.

“It is such an honor to be part of a night highlighting the men and women in our community who work tirelessly to keep our loved ones, friends and neighbors healthy,” said Sheila Ossit, Cortland Memorial Foundation Director. “And we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of a community that cares deeply about the work being done by our nurses.”

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