A famous actor, known for his role as a Doctor on a hit T.V. show, presented a Hudson Valley nurse with a national award.

An audience of over 1,000 was on hand in Denver when CURE® magazine named Sara Sargente their 2017 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing

Sargente is a nurse for patients with head and neck cancer at Orange Regional Medical Center, in Middletown. She is also certified in blood management to meet the needs of the Jehovah’s Witness community and runs a patient support group and an ONS chapter that raises funds for the basic needs of lower-income patients.

“Sara Sargente exemplifies what it means to be an extraordinary healer who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help patients, their families and health care co-workers,” said Michael J. Hennessy, Jr., president of Michael J. Hennessy Associates, parent company of CURE Media Group. “Oncology nurses have very challenging jobs that blend specialized medical knowledge with a passion to provide comfort, education and advocacy to patients undergoing complicated, and sometimes long-term, treatments for the disease.”

Sargente was nominated for the award by a colleague, Jayne O’Malley.

“When patients are diagnosed, they are extremely anxious, and when Sara meets them during her consultation, her calming influence and caring attitude shine,” O’Malley said. “When you see how comfortable and cared for Sara makes patients feel, it is truly what the essence of being a nurse is all about.”

Patrick Dempsy, known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd, “McDreamy,” on “Grey’s Anatomy,” was on hand to honor the winner and speak about the crucial role of oncology nurses in the care of patients with cancer.

Dempsey’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1997. The disease recurred 12 times, about every two years.

“It was great to know the oncology nurses who were with her,” he said. “That attention to detail is what makes your profession so special. You take the time to think what that person needs; you’re sensitive to them.”

Along with the honor of the award Sargente won a spa package at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, in California.

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