Coney nurse leading the charge

Coney nurse leading the charge
NYC Health + Hospitals

Coney Island

Let’s hear it for Manjinder Kaur, a registered nurse at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island who was honored in NYC Health + Hospital’s annual Nursing Excellence Awards celebration. Kaur received the Excellence in Advancing and Leading the Profession award for her role in improving the patient experience at the medical center.

“The challenge of making our healthcare system safer is my number one goal, and nurses are the key stakeholders in accomplishing this goal,” said Kaur.

Kaur, who has more than 12 years of service at the hospital, has taken the lead in implementing several projects aimed at improving patient safety and standards of care. She reduced patient wait-times for an EKG from nearly an hour to nine minutes, increased Press Ganey scores for Emergency Department nursing by 14 percent, improved Bar Code Medication Administration compliance, and oversaw a successful transition to an electronic medical record system during a three-month Emergency Department plan. — Courtney Donahue

Borough Wide

Doctor in the making

Congrats to Brooklynite Krizha Adona, a physical therapy student at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia who received a white coat at the Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 8.

The ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students going into the professional phase of Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where Adona received the honor along with more than 70 of her peers who all recited the Oath of a Physical Therapist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing their health and well-being.

She is now all set to continue her path on her full doctor of physical therapy degree in May 2021.

— Kevin Duggan

Promoted: Our new Brooklyn editor in chief, Anthony Rotunno.
Photo by Elizabeth Rotunno

Hail to the new chief!

Schneps Community News Group is proud to announce that Park Slope Courier Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno, who joined our newsroom in America’s Downtown in May 2017, is taking the reins as the Courier Life newspapers’ new editor-in-chief.

“We are thrilled to have Anthony leading our Brooklyn editorial team. His experience, vision, and passion will help us continue to improve, and be the leading source of local news across multiple platforms now and in the future,” said CEO and co-publisher Joshua Schneps.

Rotunno, also previously the deputy editor of our sister publication Brooklyn Paper, will oversee the Courier Life editorial team in its weekly print and daily digital operations, with a focus on growing the latter by expanding online coverage and the papers’ social-media presence in order to deliver their trusted hyper-local news to even more readers around Kings County.

“Brooklynites for decades have turned to the Courier Life newspapers for their singular coverage of issues that matter in their neighborhoods, including local politics, real-estate development, and, of course, dog-fashion shows,” Rotunno said. “And I look forward to ensuring locals can find that coverage for decades to come, whether they read it in print, on our website at their desktop computer, or via Twitter on an iPhone aboard the subway.”

The 32-year-old was among the trio of editors whose punny copywriting earned the Brooklyn Paper a 2017 first-place award for headline writing from the New York Press Association. And his work with reporters Julianne Cuba and Colin Mixson on Brooklyn Paper’s “Blind Spots” series, which spotlights the shortfalls of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, has been cited in such national publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Rotunno, who lives in Bushwick, is thrilled to grow even closer to the borough he calls home by covering the stories that matter most to its readers.

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime, that also happens to be in the most-exciting borough of the greatest city in the world,” he said.

— Moses Jefferson

Doctor in the making: Brooklyn’s own Krizha Adona, a physical therapy student at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, received a white coat at the Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 8.
University of the Sciences