Editor’s Note: Staten Island Advance / SILive.com is proud to dedicate its annual Women of Achievement program, established in 1964 and celebrated annually since, to local heroes; we call it Staten Island Women of Achievement 2020 – The Front Line. When we called for nominations, we received many heartfelt words about these brave women, who have made such a difference in our community throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are releasing parts of some of these nominations because they are the real voices of the impact of these real heroes. Congratulations to this successful 2020 woman: Kimberly Doyle Colangelo.
This nomination was submitted by Phyllis Doyle, the candidate’s mother.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – I’d like to name Kimberly Doyle Colangelo, not because she’s my daughter or a wife, but because she’s one of the bravest and fearless people I know.
Kimberly lives in the Westerleigh section of Staten Island with her husband, Joe, and their dog Thor. She works at the Columbia Presbyterian, one of New York’s busiest hospitals, as an emergency room nurse.
One can only imagine what it must have been like to see these people succumb to the virus. But she came in every day doing what she does best, engaged in her work and caring for those who show compassion, courage and resilience.
I am proud to be the mother of such a remarkable young woman.
She went to work during the height of the pandemic, not knowing what she was going to encounter. Relentless care of those struggling to survive and intubate those who were not strong enough to breathe on their own.
“I will be eternally grateful to the patients who opened my heart and those who allowed me to enter theirs,” Doyle Colangelo told Advance / SILive.com. “I have the opportunity to take care of the most vulnerable and really make a difference. “