Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Deer Park) recently recognized Roxana Sherrill, RN, MS, COHN-S, a nurse at North Shore University Hospital and a clinical professor of Nursing at Stony Brook University School of Nursing who went above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic, as his 2021 Healthcare Hero.
Throughout the pandemic, Ms. Sherrill covered 10 to 12 hour shifts, six days a week at the hospital. Outside of those physically and emotionally exhausting shifts, Ms. Sherrill and her students volunteered at Stony Brook Hospital, assembling and bringing bags of coffee and home-made masks and assisting the nurses by making phone calls to families about their loved ones. As soon as the vaccine became available, she taught her nursing students how to administer theCOVID vaccines at both Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury sites.
In addition, Ms. Sherrill counseled co-workers on how to deal with the consequences of COVID-19. She also aided family and friends and watched out for her elderly homebound neighbors, bringing them food, making vaccine appointments for them and driving them to their appointments.
“Time and again, no matter what the circumstances or what professional, personal or emotional challenges she was faced with, Roxana Sherrill selflessly put others needs above her own, making her a true hero,” said Legislator Donnelly. “It was a privilege to recognize her for work and her service to the community.”
In a resolution passed earlier this year by the Suffolk County Legislature, the month of June was designated by Suffolk County as “Healthcare Heroes Month” to acknowledge and honor the frontline healthcare workers who inspire the entire community with their exceptional service and selfless contributions. Each Legislator selected one person as their healthcare hero and their names and accomplishments were read into the record at the June 22 general meeting. Legislator Donnelly presented Ms. Sherrill with a County Proclamation at Phelps Lane Park on June 24.