Three Hadassah nurses have been awarded the Mazal Tov Memorial Prize for Excellence in Hemato-Oncology. The award was created through a fund established by Yosef Tov, in memory of his wife, Mazal, who passed away at Hadassah a few years ago from cancer. Each year, it recognizes nurses who excel in cancer care. The 2006 award winners are Tzila Naar, Roni Akrish, and Tatiana Tarlezki. Tzila works in the day care hematology ward and has for 13 years shown dedication and compassion to patients and their families, relates Orly Rotem-Picker, Director of Nursing. “She has good clinical judgment and always helps sort out problems that arise due to treatment.” Roni has worked as a Hadassah oncology nurse since 1990. He always makes sure he updates his professional knowledge in the palliative field, Mrs. Rotem-Picker reports, and while giving a lot of himself, connects to patients on different levels. Tatiana works on the bone marrow transplantation and cancer immunotherapy ward. “Her outlook and behavior towards patients that have been hospitalized for long periods of time make her a nurse that others look up to,” Mrs. Rotem-Picker says. In addition, Tatiana headed up a unique project to strengthen the relationship between the patient wards and the blood bank. Rotem-Picker adds: “We are most grateful to the Tov family who keep on showing gratitude to the nurses in such a lovely way!”