A Legacy of Care

A Legacy of Care

May 8, 2018

A ceremonial tree-planting 125 years to the day of the original Nathan Littauer Hospital groundbreaking on May 8, 1893




CDT recognizes three Littauer nurses

The Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) nominated three Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home nurses for the CDT’s 2014-2015 Lyn LaBarre Donate Life Healthcare Champion of the Year Award. Nurses Charmaine Miskinis, RN, Tina Barber, RN, and Sari Stewart, RN, were honored at the 2015 Donate Life Symposium and Celebration Dinner held in April.

Among the many health care professionals in the 43 hospitals that CDT serves, these three Nathan Littauer nurses were nominated by CDT in recognition of their outstanding dedication to organ and tissue donation. They are each responsible for over two dozen timely referrals in 2014, bringing the Littauer donation count to 78 in 2014.

“On behalf of CDT and the entire donation and transplant community, thank you and your staff for encouraging the gift of life” said Organ Procurement Coordinator, Joey C. Nuqui, Center for Donation.

Littauer’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Fishel, notes, “I am proud of our nurses Charmaine, Tina and Sari for their leadership and teamwork. Their efforts are a direct reflection of Littauer nurses as patient and family advocates.”


Charmaine Miskinis, RN

Charmaine Miskinis, RN

Sari Stewart, RN


Tina Barber, RN

Tina Barber, RN

Littauer announces new Chief Nursing Officer

02262015_steph_fishalLittauer is proud to welcome Stephanie Fishel, RN, NE-BC, BS BA, as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, a position recently vacated by the retired Regina Mulligan. Stephanie comes to Littauer from St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany where she had worked as their operations manager for over five years. A registered nurse for 15 years, Stephanie has an additional degree in health promotion/disease prevention and has her nurse executive certification.

“It is an honor to follow Ginger Mulligan, a respected nurse, manager and a valued Littauer employee for 43 years,” said Stephanie.

“I am thrilled to welcome Stephanie to our Littauer family. Her integrity as a nurse and professionalism parallel Littauer’s values of superior patient care and satisfaction,” said Littauer President and CEO Laurence E. Kelly.

“Quality patient care and supporting the health care providers who are committed to delivering superior care is my passion,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie attended Temple University and completed her education at University of Connecticut. For four years she lived in Moscow, Idaho working at Gritman Medical Center. While at Gritman Medical, a critical access hospital in a rural area, she became a jack-of-all-trades. “I learned from nurse mentors in rural Idaho, from ICU to home care,” said Stephanie. “I left there a better nurse.”

Stephanie returned to the east coast and while working in Albany she developed a passion for operational management and process improvement.
“How do we create a culture of safety? With a professional, self-driven team who embraces creativity and understands that patient safety is a journey,” said Stephanie.

After working in both small community hospital settings and large metropolitan hospitals, Stephanie is happy to be at Littauer. “I feel at home here, and I knew immediately Littauer was the right fit for me.”

Stephanie’s mantra is: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself.” You can plan on seeing more smiles with Stephanie Fishel leading the way.

Photo – Stephanie Fishel, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home