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The Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize 2017

The Denise Cassidy Memorial Award recognises and celebrates an act of kindness shown by a healthcare worker to a lung fibrosis patient. In 2017, ILFA members were invited to nominate a person who showed them or their loved one a special kindness.

Olivia Mulvaney, staff nurse from Cavan General Hospital is the worthy winner of the 2017 Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize and Olivia was presented with a specially commissioned piece of Dublin Crystal and a framed certificate by Eddie Cassidy (ILFA Chairman) on Monday 29th January.

Olivia was nominated by Bridget McEneaney who said "From our first meeting, Olivia was so sweet, kind and considerate of Dessie and the family. Dessie felt that someone finally listened, heard and understood him. Olivia helped us when our world fell apart. We are thankful to her for all she did to try and make it easier for us."

Olivia said "I want to express my sincere appreciation to Bridget and all the McEneaney family for taking the time to nominate me for this award at such a difficult time in their lives. To get this recognition adds to the job satisfaction I get from nursing. I am truly honoured and humbled to have received the Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize for Excellence in Patient Care 2017. I would also like to thank the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association, the chairman Eddie Cassidy and Nicola Cassidy and the extended association members for the award, not forgetting all the hard work you do behind the scenes for this worthy cause improving the lives of these patients and families."


Also nominated for the award were;

· Bernadette Bowen, respiratory nurse specialist at Cork University Hospital

· Maria Love, medical social worker at the Mater University Hospital

· Carol O’Mahony, physiotherapist at Cork University Hospital

· Lindsay Brown, respiratory nurse specialist at St Vincent's University Hospital

· Sara Winward, advanced nurse practitioner at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

· Carol Buckley, respiratory nurse specialist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,

· Sandi O’Reilly - medical receptionist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

· Dr Kate O’Reilly, respiratory physician at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

· Lynn Fox, respiratory nurse specialist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

· Zita Lawlor, transplant coordinator at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

· Dr Desmond Murphy, respiratory physician at Cork University Hospital

Warmest congratulations to all the winners from everyone at ILFA. Thank you for making a difference to the lives of lung fibrosis patients.