MENCHU DE LUNA-SANCHEZ
FILIPINO NURSE COMMENDED BY PRES. OBAMA IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
President Obama in his State of the Union Address last February 12, 2013 said“We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.”
Menchu Sanchez is a Filipina registered nurse who was among the extraordinary individuals commended by the White House.
Who wouldn’t be proud to be a Filipino when honor and recognition are brought to the Philippines by exemplary Filipinos like this woman? And who wouldn’t be doubly proud when the one honored by none other than the President of the United States himself is a fellow Chilean?
Yes! Menchu de Luna- Sanchez is a Mary Chiles Graduate Nurse of batch 1979. As a student, she led different student organizations and was awarded as the “Most Efficient Student”. Her alertness and leadership during the hurricane was a true reflection of her being a compassionate Chilean nurse and leader!
Menchu has worked as a nurse in New York for more than 25 years, and has been at NYU Langone Medical Center since 2010. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children who are both in college.
She has never forgotten to look back and be grateful to Mary Chiles, the institution that has made an influence in her values as a nurse: “I owe my nursing beginnings at Mary Chiles School of Nursing and to the hospital where I was trained. Thank you to my instructors Mrs. Escarro, Mrs. Balagtas, Mrs. Babaran, Mrs. Villalon, Mrs. Clemente, and many others who were so dedicated in training the aspiring Florence Nightingales of the future… and here we are the future….. Thank you Mary Chiles!!!!Love you and missed you so much!!!”
In her post to the Mary Chiles College Facebook page she added, “ So thankful for the recognition because all nurses do great work and it’s always nice to be recognized for our hard work. We should always remember why we became nurses, and should continue to provide excellent care to all our patients and help in healing the people of the world together.”
Indeed, she is the living reflection of the mission of Mary Chiles College which is a continuous legacy of producing competent, compassionate, and caring health professionals and leaders who are responsive to local, national, and global needs.
NAMED NURSE OF THE YEAR
Abella Que, a Chilean Graduate Nurse in 1977, was named as the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Healthcare’s 2005 Nurse of the Year.
Bell, as she is known by her colleagues, has been with the UCSD Medical Center since 1986.
Over those years, Bell has pursued a variety of educational opportunities. She is an excellent resource for much of the hospital in the areas of chemotherapy administration, central venous pod techniques, peritoneal dialysis, and intravenous techniques. Aside from her clinical expertise, Bell consistently demonstrates leadership capabilities as charge nurse and mentor. She is also a Med/Surg Competency Evaluator and the Grasp Acuity representative.
Abella Que, RN, CN III is an evidence of Chilean Excellence!
- Source: USDC Nursing Dimensions 2005
ANNE ROGAN NURSING AWARD NOMINEE
David Dacanay, MCC BSN alumnus batch 1995, was nominated in 2009 for the Anne Rogan Nursing Award I at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia where he works as a nurse.
As an award nominee, David demonstrates leadership, clinical excellence, and exceptional delivery of healthcare services to his patients daily.
In his letter of gratitude to his alma mater, David wrote, “I am a member of BSN ’95 Section F. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude to the institution that helped me hone my skills and encouraged me to be the best that I can be. Thank you MCC!
Truly, Mary Chiles is the home of competent, caring, and compassionate health care professionals!
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