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May 10, 2019

Philips and Nurses With Global Impact Honor 21 Nurses at United Nations

Philips joins with non-profit to celebrate International Nurses Day by recognizing exemplary nurses impacting the global delivery of healthcare

NEW YORK, NY – Philips joins non-profit organization, Nurses With Global Impact, to support the work of nurses everywhere during the third annual celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations (UN). As part of the ceremony recognizing 21 nurses from around the world impacting lives with quality care and serving as role models for future generations, Philips honors two nurses:

  • Catherine Rochford, MA, RN, Program Manager for Health Hazard Evaluation for Patient Monitoring Quality & Regulatory, Philips
  • Thandi Mgcina, Professional Nurse, Comprehensive Primary Healthcare, Rhiza Babuyile, Diepsloot, South Africa

“Nurses are a powerful force when it comes to improving global healthcare, and Philips is proud to celebrate our shared commitment to improving lives during this important event,” said Peg Campbell, head of Philips Corporate Social Responsibility, North America. “By supporting patients and families during their most critical moments, these nurses, and nurses everywhere have tremendous influence for how we provide quality care now and in the future.”

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world annually on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, honoring the remarkable contributions nurses make to society. The U.S. extends the celebration to National Nursing Week each year from May 6 to May 12.

Much has changed since Florence Nightingale’s time, but the gifts nurses give to us all – the compassion, selfless care, and empathy – stand strong as the hallmark of this noble and critical profession. The growing participation and recognition of this event continues to exceed my expectations and demonstrates the love and admiration held for nurses everywhere.

Deb O’Hara Rusckowski, founder, Nurses With Global Impact, Inc.

Honoring Nurses’ Impact

The following 21 honorees are recognized during the event for their outstanding leadership, creativity and compassion in the field of nursing:

1.      Thandi Mgcina

2.      Catherine Rochford

3.      Michelle (Mickey) Wilder

4.      Nina Ng

5.      Judy Colorado

6.      Tim Murphy

7.      Courtney Pladsen

8.      Geraldine (Polly) Bednash

9.      Marcia Levine

10.   Robin Toft

11.   Honghong Wang

12.   Suha Muhammad Oweinah

13.   Maureen Gibbons

14.   Faiza Essa Toma Hanna

15.   Hewa Faiq Omar

16.   Mary W. Wetherall

17.   Sarah Rubino

18.   Sister Jackline Mayaka

19.   Elissa Ladd

20.   Eileen Carrigg Specchio

21.   Susana Paola Godoy Hidalgo


Stories about the work of the honorees is available on the Nurses With Global Impact website.

About Nurses With Global Impact

Nurses With Global Impact (NWGI) is a global community effort whose mission is to connect, support and celebrate the work of nurses everywhere. For more information please visit:

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About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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Silvie Casanova

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