Class Notes

Alumni Luncheon - 2014

The 85th Annual Alumni Luncheon took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the New York Marriott Financial Center Hotel.

To see the pictures from the luncheon, go to the Gallery Page

Prayers for Michelle Waters '90

Amy Donaldson '87 has asked for our prayers for her cousing Michelle Waters '90. "She was diagnosed with brain cancer some time back and was in remission. Unfortunately the cancer is back and she is terminal. She has 3 children ages 13,10, and 6. She also recently lost her Mother Maureen Waters to a long illness as well. If there is a way of getting this message out to the St. Vincent's family I would appreciate it."

Michelle Leclerc O'Neill '62

Michelle Leclerc O'Neill '62 has announced the Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions Training program will be offered free to any alumnae who might be interested. If interested in participating in her work, check out the websites, and Michelle would love to hear from you.

St. Patrick's Day 2014

St. Patrick's Day Parade Monday March 17th. Come and join us for the march. We will meet on East 45th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues at 1 pm.

To those who are marching, please remember, you are on Fifth Avenue for one hour once a year. You should march with pride in your heritage and dress accordingly, business dress code is required. Bring your sash, if you have one. There are capes available, if you would like one contact Pat Costello We would ask if you ask for a cape, that you would consider wearing it at the parade over a white uniform with white hose and shoes. Green hats, sneakers, or other "odd ball" dress is not permitted.

General Meeting - February 2014

Pat O'Neill '79 and Ginny Wilson Kolnacki '7 gave a great presentation on Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs.

The focus of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) is to the assist provider. CDI improves the quality and completeness of the medical record. CDI specialists interact with medical staff and caregivers to document correctly as well as working with coding staffs to ensure the proper codes.

In addition, to improving the quality of the medical record as a legal document, CDI has these benefits: reduces the rework of claims processing; compliance with CMS and other payors; and improving coding billing and reimbursement.

The overall of hope of CDI programs is to curtail billing denials, drive revenues up and maintain the accuracy of the medical record.

The 84th Annual Luncheon

The 84th Annual Luncheon was held on November 9, 2013 at the New York Marriott Downtown. The day began with welcomes and catching up before joining in the celebration of the Mass. Reverend Frank Mulvaney, CSSR from Immaculate Conception Church in the Bronx was our celebrant. Deborah L. Phelan '96, Vincent Corso and Christine Corso provided the music and song for the liturgy. Our thanks to them.

After Mass, was more time of catch up at the cocktail hour. The tiles from the Nurses Residence were available and went like hotcakes. Thanks to all who made a donation to the Sisters of Charity in exchange for a tile. If you were interested in a tile, we are sorry to say, the tiles are gone.

The luncheon followed the cocktail hour. Mary Sartoretto Bloebaum '63 spoke on behalf of the Golden Jubilarians (Click here to read her speech). Margaret Casey Pfieffer '88 and Wynette Bruno O'Connell '88 spoke on behalf of the Silver Jubilarians (Click here to read their speech).

Over 275 members attended; 82 members of the Class of '63; 2 members of the Class '43 and over 25 members from class of '68.

To see the pictures from the luncheon, go to the Gallery Page

Nurse's Residence Tiles

The remaining tiles from the floors of the School of Nursing were sold at the luncheon. Over the course of the year, 100% of the procedes from the sale of the tiles were sent to the Sisters of Charity. The final amount of $6800 was given. Sr. Jane Iannucelli, President of the Sisters of Charity has sent a letter of thanks to the association. They will remember our intentions in their prayers.

There are no tiles left.

Regina Seery Cunningham '78

Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN '78, has joined the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer. As noted in Penn's Abramson's Report (Winter 2012), Regina has assumed the leadership for oncology nursing including professional practice standards and strenthening the integration of scholarly development with the practice of oncology nursing.

Also noted, Regina earned her master's degree from New York University School of Nursing, doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a post doctorate fellowship at Yale University.

Patricia M. Caffrey '79

Patti was honored At the 2nd Annual Top Women in Business Awards Dinner hosted by The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator on June 20, 2013. She was among 45 women recognized for achievements which have helped the borough grow. Patti is currently the RN Satellite Administrator for Calvary Hospital - the Brooklyn Campus.

St. Vincent's Attending Physician - Victor Keyloun

Dr. Keyloun left St. Vincent's in 1983. He has authored several books. In Murder, Madness and St. Vincent's, Dr. Keyloun thanks the nurses of St. Vincent's in the dedication. You may read more about him and his books by visiting his website at

Gail Cangiarella Lindsay '79

Gail has authored a new leadership e-book called Dragon Slayers - A Story of Conquering Change. Visit Amazon to purchase her new book.

Paul Quinn '91

Paul has volunteered to organize his classmates for a reunion. He can be reached at

Hurricane Sandy - Margot Condon '76

For any us who were fortunate enough not to lose power on October 29, 2012, we can remember the footage of a nurse holding a neonate as they were loaded into an ambulance. What we may not have known then but know now, is that nurse was Margot Condon, a graduate of the class of '76

Margot spoke at our general meeting on May 30th about her experence in the NICU at NYU, the night Hurricane Sandy blew through town.

Filled with humility, humor and a love for nursing and her babies, Margot retold her story of how the nurses moved 20 babies down 9 flights of stairs in the dark. All the while, monitoring them, keeping them warm and in 2 cases, manually breathing for them.

It was a great story. In Margot's words, "a good thing for nursing".

Lost and Found?

Several months back, Pat Costello received a correspondence from an alum. Here's how the story goes. In 1944, she was a student working on Smith 10. At the time Al Smith was a patient on 10. When he was discharged, this alum was asked to clean up his room. It was then when she found it, Al Smith's monogrammed handkerchief. Not knowing how to get it back to him, our fellow alum has held onto it all these years. Pat Costello received it as part of the correspondence, hoping it can be returned to the family.

Not to worry, the handkerchief is on it's way back to the Smith family.

Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore

Read the acknowledgement for the Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore for the Associations donation post Sandy.

The Class of '62 Reunion

The class of '62 had their 50th Jubilee on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The day began with a celebration of the Eucharist at St. Joseph's. Coincidentally, this is the same church where they were capped. Then the festivities moved on to the restaurant Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant in the financial district. Seventy plus alumnae/classmates attended.

Sue Brenner Caffrey, Judy Lynch-Sauer and Peggy Cahil Gorkey spoke about student life at St. Vincent's , professional life and nursing education now and how and why it has changed.

Many thanks to Ginny Ditts Kenny, Annette Nasie Kelly, Sue Brenner Caffrey, Nancy Fitzpatrick Rubin, and Rosaleen Gleeson Cody for putting this gathering together.

Click here to see the photos from the day.

The Baton Passes

Joan Caruana, Class of '61, the Editor of the SVH ALumnae Newsletter since 1975, has finally passed the baton. The editorial responsibilities of the newsletter will be shared by three of her "Flakes" from the Class of '68, Susan Faggiani, Bernadette (Fleming) Hemmer and Maureen (Garrett) McElhinney.

Acupuncture and Its Role in Mental Health

Siobhan Joan Dolan, '73 presented Acupuncture and Its Role in Mental Health at the September 22,2012 General Alumnae meeting. The day after the tragedy that ocurred at the World Trade Center on September 11,2001, an Ear Acupuncture(EA) Stress Reduction Clinic was started at St. Vincent's to provide stress relief for anyone in NYC. The treatment helped some express their feelings, and for many others, the EA effect was complete in itself.

More information on EA can be found on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Website. From September 2001 until December 2007, the SVH staff administered over 40,000 EA treatments.

Joan showed a video of how EA as an ancient healing technique is used to address acute trauma. To view the video, go to the Gallery Page.

St. Vincent de Paul Stained Glass Window

Martina Murphy, '91, shared: The St. Vincent de Paul Stained Glass Window from St. Vincent's Hospital was saved and gifted to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, in honor of its legacy of charity. It is proudly displayed in the main lobby of the medical center.

At the dedication on September 27, 2012, in addition to Martina, was Sr. Maryanne Campeotto, SC and Sr. Karen Helfenstein, SC '66. Sr. Karen spoke on behalf of the Sisters of Charity of NY and the Staff of St. Vincent's Hospital, she thanked St. Joseph's Hospital for bringing St. Vincent de Paul home.

Charities Assisting Victims of Sandy

Some Charities assisting the victims of Sandy include:

The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore, Inc, 788 Shrewbury Avenue, Suite 2201, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724.

Breezy Point Disaster Relief, c/o The Law Office of Lee and Kane, 2175 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hyland Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306.

New Officers as of January 2013

This year there was an opening for a new President and 3 new Board Members. We received one person willing to run for President and 3 people who were willing to run as Board Members. Since the number of people who were willing to run is equal to the number of positions needed, we do not have to send out ballots. We are however informing you of the results:

  • President - Joanne Billott '75
  • Patricia Caffrey '79
  • MaryBeth Forcina '74
  • Betsy Arnold-Leahy '78

Thank you to all the officers who are leaving and all the new officers for your time and interest in the Association.

85th Annual Luncheon

Was celebrated on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Next General Meeting

To be announced

Alumnae Newsletter

This year marks the 56th volume of our newsletter. If you do not receive the newsletter, contact Pat Costello at (In order to receive the newsletter, you have to be a member of the Alumnae Association.)