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Health Carousel Philippines attends the 23rd PNAA National Convention

The Health Carousel Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) attended the 23rd Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA)National Convention held in New York City, USA on July 6-10, 2022.  The  Founder of HCPI and Chairman of the Board Ms. Connie Dela Cruz and Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Ms. Nyra Colinares represented HCPI.

Filipino nursing leaders both from the academe and practice attended the National Convention.  The organizer of the  very successful convention was the PNA New York, whose  President is Dr. Warly Remigio, an MSN  scholar in Long Island University, NY  of  Global Scholarship Alliance, former name of Health Carousel Philippines

During the convention, the HCPI representatives met with the nursing leaders such as the Immediate Past President of PNAA Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, current PNAA President Dr. Gloria L. Beriones,  Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, one of the American Nurses’ Association living legends, Ms. Maria Rosario Sim of Sigma Theta Tau,  and Mr. Felix Jurado, past PNAA president.  They also met with current and former officers of PNAA San Antonio Ms. Golda Manalili, Ms. Arlienita Beraya, and Jigs Naculangan, all Health Carousel Nurses.

In a meeting with Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, she shared her project with the  PNAA on the training of Nurse Practitioners of nurses in the Philippines who will be able to work in underserved communities in the Philippines.  She also discussed the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship program which needs to be disseminated to the nurse leaders in the Philippines.

Ms. Dela Cruz and Ms. Colinares along with the representative of Health Carousel, LLC, Andrew Lingo promoted the Light The Way projects of Health Carousel in the Philippines whose objective is to create sustainability in nursing thru ethical recruitment practices.

Health Carousel Philippines visited its deployed nurses, hospital partners, and its GSA scholars in the U.S.

The Founder and Chairman of Health Carousel Philippines, Inc (HCPI) Ms. Connie Dela Cruz, and Co-Founder Ms. Nyra Colinares made a trip to the U.S. from July 11-13, 2022 to visit the deployed nurses from the Philippines, and visit hospital partners.

The Founders of HCPI together with the COO of HCLLC Mr. Erik Schumann and the Director of Accounts, Mr. Brian Lahart met the nurses working in different hospital partners in Maryland and had a simple fellowship with them.  One of the main objectives of the fellowship is to hear the nurses’ experiences from the time they left the Philippines and their transition to living and working in the U.S. for continuous improvement.   Most of the nurses they met have just arrived in the U.S. this year.  They also met with a nurse who just completed the contract a week prior to their visit,  and a couple who would be completing their contract in a week or so.  In general, the nurses are happy that they are assigned in Maryland.  They love the place and their hospital assignment.  They have challenges undoubtedly but they know that everything is part of their American Dream Journey.

Kathy, the nurse who just completed the contract with Health Carousel and worked in a magnet hospital in Annapolis, Maryland invited Ms. Connie and Ms. Nyra to her newly purchased house – with a big front yard, a big deck, and a pool.  They met her husband who is a nurse also and her 2 lovely kids.  She is very happy with her work and life in Maryland.  She is thankful to be given the opportunity to live and work in the U.S.

The Health Carousel nurses are fortunate to be assigned to the best hospitals in Maryland.  The hospitals are very supportive of them and the people are very welcoming.  The hospitals love Filipino nurses.  They are fast learners, hardworking and compassionate.  The hospitals expressed their appreciation to Health Carousel for bringing wonderful nurses to their facilities.  They need more nurses and they are hoping to work continuously with Health Carousel.

Other than visiting the nurses and partner hospitals, Dela Cruz and Colinares met with the scholars of the Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA), in Brooklyn, New York.  GSA is the former name of Health Carousel.  These nurses earned their Master’s Degree in Nursing from Long Island University through the GSA scholarship program.  All of them are highly successful in their career.  Their master’s degrees helped them propel their career to greater heights. Though there were many challenges when they were studying, they are very grateful and thankful for the opportunity given to them by GSA.

To conclude the trip, the HCPI representative with HCLLC representative, Amber Spengard made a courtesy visit to  POLO Labor Attache Atty. Angela Trinidad and Asst. Labor Attache Joji Borromeo in Washington DC. Collaboration efforts in promoting decent work through fair and ethical recruitment were discussed in the said meeting. Dela Cruz presented the Light the Way projects of  Health Carousel in the Philippines that promotes ethical recruitment practices and creates sustainability in nursing in the Philippines.


Health Carousel Philippines Inc (HCPI) conducted the first face-to-face DAISY Awarding ceremony and launch of the DAISY Award on June 17, 2022, in Adventist  Hospital Palawan (AHP), Puerto Princesa. The award is part of the Light the Way program of Health Carousel in partnership with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the nurses providing extraordinary care to a patient or relatives. “Health Carousel is the first international advocate of DAISY Foundation. This partnership enables Health Carousel to hand out the prestigious DAISY Award to deserving and inspiring nurses and nursing students here in the Philippines”, said Marivic Doctor, President of HCPI.

Nurse Kelvin Ryan Palacol was honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses thru Health Carousel Philippines. Ryan is the 7th  DAISY awardee for extraordinary nurse given by HCPI from the time the partnership started in May 2020. He is currently working in Out Patient care at AHP. He had been working as a nurse for  18 years and most of his years of experience were working abroad. He was very emotional after he received the recognition. Ryan said, “I am teary-eyed now,  this is my first time to receive recognition in my 18 years of working as a  nurse. I hope this award will serve as an inspiration to my co-nurses not only in this hospital but in the whole world. Thank you very much to DAISY Foundation and Health Carousel”.

The following portions of messages of representatives from Health Carousel Philippines, Health Carousel, LLC, and Adventist Hospital Palawan to inspire the awardee and the nurses working in AHP:

“Congratulations  Ryan and to all nominees. You are now an international awardee! The nurses have the most patient interaction in the hospital compared to doctors. As a doctor, I know that nurses are sacrificing a lot, especially during this pandemic time. Nurses are always the primary caregiver of the patients, the relatives and patients rely on you when they are in the hospital. We always have recognition for doctors and as I witnessed this awarding, in my capacity as a Director of Clinical Excellence, I thought of encouraging the doctors to give recognition to nurses who are always a big help to us. This will be one of my projects in Patient care experience. On behalf of the doctors here, I would like to thank the nurses for making our work easier”,  by  Dr. Allan Dennis  Macalintal, Director of Clinical Excellence.

“ My salute to nurse Ryan, the Health Carousel Philippines, and DAISY Foundation. Thank you for choosing the Adventist Hospital Palawan as your partner in providing recognition to compassionate nurses. The DAISY Award is for extraordinary nurses, This recognition is a method of building role models and a way of inspiring nurses to have relationships and personal caring touch with patients during their most vulnerable time. To our awardees and nominees, please continue to be an inspiration to your team. I read all the stories of nominees,  I  could not hold my tears and praise God for having you at our hospital. You are my inspiration to lead the work here and rally on fulfilling our mission of sharing God’s love thru healing. Again, Congratulations,  please continue doing extraordinary care to your patients. To the awardee, nominees, and to all our nurses in AHP, I am proud of youby Mr. Marijoe Piaologo, President of Adventist Hospital Palawan

“ I would like to congratulate Ryan for being a  DAISY Awardee for Extraordinary nurse. Your name will now be part of the roster of   DAISY awardees around the world. Ryan was able to establish a connection with the patient’s husband   thru his   effective communication. His   compassion to really  help the patient   was truly extraordinary. Hope this award will inspire you all. When we presented the award program to   Ms. Amethyst, your VP for Nursing, how she received the program surprised us. It indicates how passionate and dedicated she is to taking care of nurses here in Adventist. The main reason why we partner with DAISY Foundation as the 1st International advocate for nurses is to really honor and acknowledge the wonderful things that nurses are doing and help the Adventist Hospital gets a higher level of engagement from the nurses and promote excellence in the nursing practice.

To Ryan, I hope you will inspire the nurses here and I hope you will be the torchbearer of what the DAISY Award stands for.”  By  Ms. Connie Dela Cruz, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Health Carousel Philippines.

“I wanted to extend my congratulations to your recent DAISY Award and what an honor that is. The feedback that we received from the patient’s family of how you went above and beyond and expressed the patient’s education and communication in a meaningful manner. It was apparent in the letter from the patient’s husband that you made the patient’s family very valued and help them to understand the instruction before the procedure.  But not only that when they run into you at a  later time, you also connected once again in a positive and uplifting manner. That going the extra mile made the family feel very valued. That encounter speaks volumes of your demeanor and likely transpire into all the care that you provide to your patient” by Christy Craft, Health Carousel, LLC Nurse Manager and DAISY Chairperson


The event was attended by the  President of  AHP, Mr. Marijoe Piaologo; VP for Nursing Ms. Amethyst Manzano;  Director of Clinical Excellence Dr. Allan Dennis Macalintal, VP for Finance Ms. Mary Joy Sumiller; Asst Chief Nurse Ms. Rhea Ivy Fernandez and other officers and employees of the hospital. The Health Carousel Philippines was in full support in attendance with Co-Founder and  Chairman of the Board, Ms. Consorcia dela Cruz; President Ms, Marivic Doctor; DAISY Coordinator Ms. Nyra Colinares and all members of DAISY Committee Ms. Marianne Nagera, Ms. April Asuncion and Ms. Glenda Mae Limbang. The nominees who were also present are Nurse Donna Pitogo, Nurse Henry Clarence Mendez, Nurse  Jimmel Padaong, and Nurse Darlene Agum. All of them received the DAISY pin for nominees. The event had live streaming thru FB live for the nurses to witness the awarding from the nurses’ station or area where they are currently on duty.

DAISY Award Ceremony

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