Patricia Weigel from Orchard Park, NY
Nominated by Evalyn Katz
I am nominating Patricia Weigel RN, BSN, RNFA as an NPF Superstar candidate due to her significant achievements and leadership role in the Western New York Parkinson community.
Pat is the nurse coordinator and RN for the Movement Disorder Center at UBNS. Her work outside of work, is enormous with many evenings, weekends and days off devoted to planning activities for the Parkinson’s Association of Western New York d.b.a. NPF WNY, of which she was an original founder. She has been its’ president for the past year.
This was the eighth consecutive year for her organizing the Valentine’s Dance. This Event allows PD patients the opportunity for a romantic evening out with their significant others. On the dance floor no one is self conscious and patients who have difficulty walking, have no difficulty dancing!
She was instrumental in organizing the first Parkinson’s Disease Educational Symposium . We are now in the 13th year. The Symposium attracts approximately 300 PD patients, family members and caregivers. This event requires grant writing, speaker and curriculum preparation by Pat and her team.
Pat was instrumental in forming the West Seneca PD Young Onset Support Group, PD Wellness Group, and Caregiver Group, along with two other PD patients. Monthly meetings have been on-going for 15 years. The PD mailing and e-mail list is approximately 1000 names.
She worked with a local dance instructor, to bring about the weekly PD Dance Program, which is offered free to PD pts and families. Both traveled to Brooklyn, New York to learn from the world renowned dance professionals at the Robert Morris Dance Company
She was instrumental in the Video “Unconditional Love”, a documentary of the life of one of our PD patients, which has a permanent spot on the NPF website, used as a teaching tool.
She wrote the initial grant that brought a social worker to the team, to help with PD outreach and patient counseling. Among her insistence was that each professional on the team attend Allied Team Training for PD so that WNY would have experts trained in PD.
She attends NPF”s yearly events to learn all she can about PD and to network so that the PD community in WNY has the best that can be offered.
She also participates, as a national speaker, for the University of Toledo’s first annual “Parkinson’s Care Consortium.
Clearly, Pat deserves the Superstar award from NPF. She is NPFWNY Chapter’s Superstar in achievement, clinical practice, education and her devotion to the PD community in WNY. There is no doubt in my mind that without her, our organization would not be where we are today, planning for the biggest event yet, Moving Day.
Thank you Pat!