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Albany Med Nurse Wins National ‘Caring’ Contest
   December 8, 2005


ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2005 - A pediatric nurse at the Albany Medical Center was selected recently by readers of one of America’s most popular magazines as the winner of the publication’s “Nurses Care Contest.”

Cheryl Clow, R.N., clinical care coordinator in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med, recently placed first in the national competition sponsored by Guideposts magazine and the Hyundai Motor America (HMA).

Earlier this year, the 8 million readers of the inspirational publication were asked to nominate a nurse who had a lasting impact on their lives. Clow, who was nominated by Philip Kneller of Westport, N.Y., was selected among hundreds of nominees for the outstanding care and support she has provided to the entire Kneller family during a difficult time in their lives.

From almost 800 submissions, the 10 most compelling were chosen and posted on Guideposts’ website, including the essay about Clow, which was written by Phillip Kneller, a father of one of Clow’s patients.  In the past several months, more than 200,000 visitors to the website cast their votes for the winning essay.

In his essay, Kneller, who lives near Plattsburgh, wrote glowingly about the care Clow provided, when his son, Philip John, was diagnosed shortly after birth with a serious thyroid problem that required immediate attention. The essay cited Clow’s professionalism and continued compassion throughout their son’s ordeal.

 “Over three and a half years, we have been back (to Albany Med) many times,” Kneller recalled. “She (Clow) has remained genuine, sincere, caring, upbeat, yet candid; and is still a great listener with a good sense of humor and faith.” 

About the win, Clow said, “I am very blessed, honored and privileged to work with families and their newborn babies. It is often said, ‘To the world you are just one person, but to one person, you might just be the world.’  You never know when that may happen.”

Kneller is ecstatic that Clow has received this recognition. “The miracle of total healing has yet to come for Philip, but we have received a miracle in the form of Cheryl. While we’re blessed with other great nurses and doctors for our two boys, Cheryl seems to be one of the nurses sent by God.”

Mary Ellen Plass, R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Albany Medical Center, applauded Clow for her dedication and achievement. “Cheryl epitomizes the compassion and competency that our nursing staff embrace daily in their jobs. We congratulate her on this wonderful recognition.”

Clow has worked at Albany Medical Center for the past 15 years in the department of pediatric endocrinology.  In addition to working with children with diabetes and other endocrine problems, Clow is also a valued member of the Medical Center’s pediatric genetics staff.

For each vote cast, HMA made a contribution to the “Nurses Care Scholarship Program,” which has resulted in approximately $10,000 being donated to the fund. In addition, Clow and Kneller both received new Hyundai Sonatas in recognition of their first-place finish.

To read Kneller’s complete essay, go to:

Guideposts magazine was founded in 1945 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale. Guideposts is committed to communicating positive faith-filled principles for people everywhere to use in successful daily living.

The Children’s Hospital is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England.  It is staffed by 90 physicians in 34 subspecialties and more than 300 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists.  The Children’s Hospital serves over 60,000 children each year.

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