04/22/2010 12:00 AM |

Registered nurse Linda Kraus of Shelter Island has won the Laura Goodale Award established by the Southold and Greenport Rotary Clubs and lifelong Eastern Long Island Hospital supporter Carl Vail Sr.

This annual award goes to a caregiver who personifies the spirit of Laura Goodale, who was known to the community for her com¬­mitment to the highest standards of quality health care.

“Linda has an exceptional understanding of the acute care needs of each patient,” said D. Patricia Pispisa, vice president of patient care services. “She is a highly valued member of the intensive care team and is very deserving of the Laura Goodale Award.”

Hospital president and CEO Paul Connor III called Ms. Kraus “extremely dedicated. True to the spirit of Laura Goodale, she is highly responsive and exhibits a soft spoken, thoughtful nature,” he said. “She genuinely cares for patients and families as well as fellow nurses, physicians and ancillary staff,” he said.

Ms. Kraus began her nursing career at ELIH in 1989 on the medical surgical unit after completing her undergraduate degree in nursing at SUNY Stony Brook. She transferred to the intensive care unit in 1997 after gaining specialized certifications and advanced training.

She is certified in pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support and basic life support.

Ms. Kraus will receive her award at a dinner in her honor hosted by the Southold and Greenport Rotary Clubs at The Soundview Restaurant in Greenport on Tuesday, May 4, at p.m. Both clubs will make a joint contribution in her honor to the annual appeal for Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Dinner tickets are $25 and are available by calling the community relations department at 477-5164.