The 2014 Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarian of the Year Award honors Kari Mastro, MSN, RN, NEA-BC! For all of your time, patience, professionalism, and for all the hugs our son Brady so often needed, we thank you! Thank you Keri, from the bottom of our hearts! Kari A. Mastro, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is Vice President of Nursing & Patient Care Services at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women of New York-Presbyterian. In this role, she leads Nursing and Patient Care Services, including Social Work, Child Life, Respiratory Care, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care at these sites. Additionally, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at Columbia University. Prior to joining New York-Presbyterian, Ms. Mastro served as Assistant Vice President, Nursing and Patient Care Services for Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She began her nursing career Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and joined the staff of Robert Wood Johnson in 1991 where she held several nursing leadership roles. Making a difference in the lives of children and their families is her passion. For over twenty years, she has focused on ensuring that the care provided to children is of supreme quality regardless of where the care is provided and who is providing that care. Her impact to children’s health has been far reaching. She has received many awards for her work and has been recognized for her leadership by the March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year, the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality in the Academic Medical Center, the Magnet Prize Honors for Innovation, and the HRET Community Outreach Award for Improving End-of-Life Care. Mrs. Mastro is well published in the field of Nursing Leadership, Children’s Healthcare, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care and speaks nationally and internationally on these topics. Most recently she has extended her influence in improving the care of children internationally as the key note speaker at the Beijing International Forum of Pediatric Development where she presented how nursing in the United States is leading children’s healthcare into the future. While in China, she organized a collaborative in which China’s nursing leaders will come to the United States and partner with US nursing leaders in an effort to bridge the gap in care and improve the quality of care for children in China. Mrs. Mastro received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Catholic University of America and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Colorado with a focus on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the impact of parent partnership in care on quality, safety, and satisfaction outcomes.
/ / Congratulations to Winter Gala Honoree Kari Mastro, MSN, RN, NEA-BC!