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From left: Members of the Ujima Choir; award recipients Toni Kimble, Cherlie Magny-Normilus and Kenold Deronville; members of the audience dance to the choir’s rendition of “Walking in Victory.”
Patient Care Assistant Kenold Deronville believes that providing care to a patient is one of the noblest professions a person can have.
“There is nothing better than one human being caring for another human. It doesn’t matter whether that person is a stranger; we care for a person unconditionally, as if they were a family member,” said Deronville, who works on Shapiro Cardiovascular Center Shapiro 6E/7EW.
Deronville was one of three BWHers honored with this year’s Ujima Award. He joined fellow recipients Cherline Magny-Normilus, BSN, RN, and OR Assistant Supervisor Toni Kimble at the fourth annual Ujima celebration March 10 in the Cabot Atrium. Nearly 250 BHWers came together at the event to recognize staff of African descent and hear from hospital leadership and Ujima Visiting Scholar Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing. Attendees also were treated to performances by the Ujima choir, whose lively songs had everyone on their feet.
“Today, we celebrate our wonderful community, where each one of us brings a special and unique talent,” said BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD, who along with Jackie Somerville, PhD, RN, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, and Angelleen Peters-Lewis, PhD, RN, executive director of Women’s and Newborn’s Nursing and Clinical Services, delivered welcoming remarks.
In addition to Deronville, Magny-Normilus and Kimble also shared words with the audience as they received their awards.
“I’m truly fortunate to have followed a vocation that allows me to give back to the community and to each of my patients,” said Magny-Normilus, a native of Haiti who, in addition to her duties at BWH, has worked extensively in her community and has provided humanitarian relief work in Haiti with Regis College and Partners In Health.
“The spirit of the Ujima Award lives here at BWH, and I dedicate my award to all of my colleagues who exemplify the spirit of Ujima,” Kimble said. “I see it every day as we deliver outstanding service to all of the patients who come through our doors.”