Alumna Honored as March of Dimes NICU Nurse of Distinction

The March of Dimes recently honored Trocaire alumna Colleen Perryman ’75 as a NICU Nurse of Distinction for her decades of service as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.

Perryman was recognized at the organization’s fundraising Signature Chefs

"A woman of convictions and compassion ... Colleen Perryman is the Sisters of Charity Hospital March of Dimes NICU Nurse of Distinction."
“A woman of convictions and compassion … Colleen Perryman is the Sisters of Charity Hospital March of Dimes NICU Nurse of Distinction.”

Auction, an event held on Oct. 25. Guests got to watch local chefs compete in an Iron Chef-style competition, enjoy food and wine pairings and participate in live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to help fight premature birth and its often devestating effects through March of Dimes-funded research and programming.

The event was also an opportunity to honor local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses, who work on the front lines with the premature infants and their parents.

Perryman has worked all of her 33 years as a registered nurse in the Sisters of Charity NICU. She has seen the unit grow and expand, eventually outgrowing its space, and has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating the Designing Our New Unit Together committee.

“Recognizing this as an opportunity to improve the excellent care delivered to ill and premature infants at Sisters, Colleen has been researching and visiting single-bed NICUs, gathering best practices and rallying her colleagues to do the same,” the event program states.

Her skills and expertise are recognized by the physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals with whom she works. She provides leadership and stability in a group of more than 100 nurses, often serving as a preceptor to new nurses. That dedication and serenity extends to her patients and their families, as well, according to the event program.

“Parents of her tiny patients appreciate the calm and welcoming environment Colleen creates for them as she promotes family-centered care during an emotionally charged time in their lives.”

Congratulations, Colleen! You show compassion in action every day, and we are proud you are a member of the Trocaire alumni family.