FOND FAREWELLS, NEW BEGINNINGS
After five years as “Nancy’s Friends” Coordinator and Volunteer Manager at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chandrowtie “Dolly” Sookdeo has stepped down from the NKFF-funded position at the hospital. Dolly’s compassion, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism will be greatly missed. As the coordinator for the “Nancy’s Friends” program at LIJ, Dolly has overseen not only the hospital volunteers, but the creation of the NKFF Video Game Therapy program, the bedside Paint-A-Picture program, and the annual Valentine’s Caroling performances, among other initiatives. We are so grateful for all that Dolly has done to improve patients’ in-hospital experience and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
We are also thrilled to welcome Lauren Vazquez as the new “Nancy’s Friends” coordinator and volunteer manager at LIJ. Lauren has been with the hospital’s volunteer department for four years. “I am so excited to take on this new role as manager, leading the PEACE program and all of its sub-programs, including Nancy’s Friends,” she says. “I know that with Dolly as my predecessor, I have tremendous shoes to fill, but I am certain that with my dedication and compassion, the program will continue to flourish”.
New beginnings are also happening at the “Nancy’s Friends” program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Former volunteer coordinator Laura White is now the new program manager at the hospital’s Workforce Health and Safety Department. Congratulations Laura! NKFF will miss you and are grateful for all your support and enthusiasm over the last several years. “Nancy’s Friends” is excited to welcome Marissa Staudt as the volunteer program’s new coordinator at NYPH. We look forward to working with both Lauren and Marissa to continue making a difference in cancer patients’ and their caregivers’ lives.