ALBANY, N.Y., June 20, 2005 – The Albany Medical Center’s surgical intensive care unit (SICU) has received a national award for the care that was administered to the late Albany Police Lt. John Finn. The SICU team was nominated for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Excellence in Collaboration: Nurse to Family Award by Lt. Finn’s father-in-law John McNulty and sister-in-law Michelle Scannell, who is a critical care nurse in Pennsylvania.
Several members of the SICU team received the honor at the 2005 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition held in New Orleans in May.
“Our whole family is so grateful to the nurses in Albany Medical Center’s surgical intensive care unit for the compassionate care they gave to John and the kindness and concern they showed to each member of the family. Nominating them for this award is the least we can do to thank them,” said Maura McNulty, wife of Lt. Finn.
“This award demonstrates the importance of delivering not only the most compassionate care to each of our patients, but to our patients’ family members as well,” said James Barba, chairman of the Board of Directors, president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center. “We are appreciative of Lt. Finn’s family nominating our nurses for this award and are remarkably proud of our surgical intensive care team, as we are of all of our dedicated nurses at the Medical Center.”
Lt. Finn suffered multiple gunshot wounds while in the line of duty on December 23, 2003. He was a patient in Albany Med’s surgical intensive care unit until his passing on February 12, 2004. The SICU is a 17-bed unit dedicated to the care of the critically ill.