Georgetown Lombardi Nurse Honored with Stacy Boylan Award

June 6, 2011

Rosemarie Hardesty, RN, BSN was named the 2011 Stacy Boylan Award winner on May 13 at the Nurses Week award ceremony.

Stacy Boylan was a research nurse at Georgetown Lombardi who passed away in 2002. Beloved by her colleagues and patients alike, Boylan was known for her compassion and dedication to nursing and unfailing commitment to professionalism. As a tribute to her memory, Boylan’s family established an endowed fund to help foster adult oncology nursing through an annual education award bestowed upon a nurse who exemplifies Boylan’s values.

Stacy’s husband, Bill Boylan, and 2010 winner Sheila Gotthardt, RN, BSN, presented Hardesty with an engraved clock and check for $500 in front of 200 nursing colleagues gathered at Georgetown University Hospital.

Reading excerpts from Hardesty’s nomination letters, Gotthardt spoke of the awardee’s genuine affection for her patients. Hardesty was described as a “kind, smart, knowledgeable, dedicated and humorous person” and someone who “quickly can bring a smile to any of the patients that is lucky enough to benefit from her care.” Another colleague said: “The holistic wellbeing of the patients is always the top priority of her job. Rose [Hardesty] never stops encouraging patients and their families to conduct themselves with dignity and hope in this fight.”

Hardesty’s name will join 10 others on a plaque which honors their and Stacy Boylan’s commitment to going the extra mile for others and putting patients first.

Author: Lyndsey Ray