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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
(518) 271-5045


TROY, N.Y. -- The Albany Memorial Hospital and Samaritan Hospital nursing and physician staffs last night announced the recipients of the 2012 recognition awards for excellence presented at the Annual Nurse and Physician Event held at Wolfert's Roost Country Club in Menands.

The nursing staffs of the two hospitals recognized the following physicians with the 2012 Awards for Caring, Collaboration and Communication: James Aram, MD, and Vaishali Bhavsar, MD, both of Samaritan Hospital; and Brent Lagrave, MD, and Nini Wu, MD, both of Albany Memorial Hospital.

Additionally, the physician staffs of the two hospitals named the following recipients of the 2012 Nurse of Distinction Awards: Pamela Barrall, RN, emergency department, and Lisa Boehlke, RN, progressive care unit, both of Samaritan Hospital; and Florence Calabucci, RN, post anesthesia care unit, and Denise McCauley, RN, clinical resource manager, both of Albany Memorial Hospital.

Northeast Health -- a regional, comprehensive, not-for-profit network of health care, supportive housing and community services comprised of The Eddy, Albany Memorial Hospital, Samaritan Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital -- has joined Seton Health, a comprehensive, not-for-profit, integrated health care system anchored by St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, and St. Peter's Health Care Services to form St. Peter's Health Partners. For more information, please visit

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