Vincent J. Zucchetto, social worker at Cabrini of Westchester, was recently presented with the “Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Early Career Elder Adult Advocate Award” at the “Reframing Palliative Care: Education, Research, and Advocacy” conference held at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta, a passionate advocate for education and leadership throughout her entire life. She was a founder of the Collaborative for Palliative Care in Westchester and the New York State Southern Region.
The Collaborative continues Dr. Quaranta’s legacy by bestowing awards in her name to recognize distinguished community service. Dr. Quaranta’s daughter, Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Esq., PhD, MPH, who is a health care attorney and an aging and health researcher as well as a leader of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, presented Vincent with the award stating the following: “I created the award in my mother’s name and am honored to present it to Vincent as he exemplifies the qualities that my mother found so meaningful in social work practice – namely, always being an advocate for the vulnerable person. In Vincent’s work in the nursing home setting, he demonstrates the moral courage to stand up for older persons’ rights as well as needs. Vincent has distinguished himself through his shining character very early in his career and I know will continue to blossom as an exemplary leader in the social work profession.”