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[June 16, 2011]                                                  

Three Downstate Nurses Receive Nursing Excellence Awards:

Stephen R. Marrone Wins Regional Award; Paulina Marfo-Boateng and Betty Jung Recognized as Regional Finalists

Three nursing leaders at SUNY Downstate Medical Center were honored by Nursing Spectrum, a national publication for nursing professionals, at its annual Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony, held June 2 in Glenpointe, New Jersey. 

Stephen R. Marrone, EdD, RN-BC, CTN-A, deputy nursing director of the Institute of Continuous Learning at SUNY Downstate, was the New York/New Jersey regional award winner in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category. He is now eligible to compete for a national Nursing Excellence Award; winners will be announced in the fall.

Paulina Marfo-Boateng, MSN, RN, was recognized for being selected as a regional finalist in the Clinical Care category. Ms. Marfo-Boateng is a staff nurse III (charge nurse) on Nursing Station 71/73. Betty Jung, BSN, RN, a patient educator at the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness at Downstate, was a finalist in the Community Service category. 

In the New York/New Jersey region, more than 200 nominations were received and only five regional finalists were selected in six categories: Advancing and Leading the Profession, Clinical Care, Community Service, Management, Mentoring, and Teaching.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.