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Hometown Health Nurse Honored With “Salute To Nurses” Award

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (April 27, 2015) — Kathleen Malizia, RN, was one of 10 Capital Region nurses recently tapped by the Albany Times Union for its prestigious “Salute to Nurses” award.

Malizia, who became an RN in 2012 and has been an employee of Hometown Health Centers (HHC) since 2013, was chosen from among 560 nursing professionals for the prestigious honor.  

The Scotia resident will receive her award at a luncheon held Friday, May 8 (National Nurses Week) at the Albany Marriott Hotel.  She will also be featured in a special publication honoring award winners that will be published Sunday, May 10 in the Times Union.

“Kathleen could work for more money in any number of less stressful settings including a physician's office, or suburban hospital,” said Hometown Health Centers CEO Joe Gambino.  “However, she truly enjoys working at our community clinic where she serves low-income, underserved populations who often lack health insurance and access to healthy nutrition.  She treats every patient with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, social class, income level, social skills, or illness. She truly exemplifies a community nurse.”

“Kathleen is our `go-to’ RN for mental health situations that require tact, compassion and sometimes bravery,” added HHC Medical Director David Skory, M.D.  “Quick thinking and unflappable in an emergency, she has been instrumental in the resolution of several emergency situations that could have resulted in violence and injury to patients and staff. As a result, Kathleen has earned the respect of her fellow nurses, physicians, support staff and patients.”

A favorite with HHC patients, Malizia is often personally requested by those struggling to navigate confusing healthcare systems.  She also is a tireless advocate and takes every opportunity to find ways to keep her patients healthy and informed.  Just recently, for example, she worked with management to make sure that waiting room televisions played educational medical programming versus tabloid daytime television.

A relative newcomer to the field of nursing, Kathleen began her journey towards her RN degree at Ellis School of Nursing later in life. She doggedly pursued her goal over a seven-year period, overcoming every challenge, all the while working full time to support herself.  

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