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Nursing Leadership and Education Fund

On April 19, 2005, the Ralph A. Cazzetta, RN, Advanced Practice Nursing Clinic Laboratory was officially opened to honor Ralph’s memory and love for Mercy. The Ralph A. Cazzetta Lab has helped the Nursing Education Department in training orientees and nursing staff to provide safe, effective nursing care. Orientation programs and continuing education for nurses are essential tools to help nurses improve their knowledge, skills, and expertise so that quality patient care is provided and that we achieve positive patient care outcomes. Over the years donors like yourself have made it possible for us to continue his legacy and work to building a future for young nurses. 

A new and improved lab is now complete.

Ralph Cazzetta Tribute by Patricia Rowland, Nurse Manager at Mercy Medical Center. Ralph grew up at Mercy!




Because of his Cooley’s anemia, Ralphie was here very often throughout his childhood into adulthood for transfusions. That was when we had a pediatric unit, and that was where he went sometimes twice a week. That was when he fell in love with the idea of helping people. Ralph decided early on he wanted to be a nurse. Ralph never had a “poor me” attitude while growing up with a chronic illness that restricted his activity and ability to play all the games other kids did. He looked at his situation as one who was being made to feel better whenever he came to Mercy and that is what he wanted to do.

Ralph started out as a nurse’s aide (now patient care assistant) and went to nursing school while he worked. His dream was to work as an ICU nurse and his determination and natural abilities along with his education got him that position right out of nursing school. The whole time he was working and in school Ralph still had to deal with his disease and the complications from it. He always had a smile for everyone and never complained. He was loved by the staff at the hospital (everybody knew him!) and made patients and families feel truly cared for. He always set the bar high as a nurse because he knew what it was like to be a patient! Ralph never stopped learning and he loved to teach what he learned. He felt the more you knew about illness and people the better you could help them. No patient was too much for him to handle because he learned something new from all of them. He loved people, nursing and Mercy. And he loved to learn! The Ralph Cazzetta Lab is the best tribute to him and something he would be very proud of.

We hope you will consider giving a gift today of any denomination will to help continue the great services and programs Mercy Medical Center’s Nursing Education Department has to offer.  (Donate Now)


For a tour of the new lab contact the Office of Development at (516) 705-1399.