Kaitlyn Petrillo Honored

Petrillo HonoredFamily, friends, colleagues from Monmouth Medical Center and members of Monmouth University’s Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies came together Oct. 28, in the Great Hall of Wilson Hall to pay tribute to Kaitlyn Elizabeth Petrillo.

Kaitlyn, 29, of Colts Neck, N.J., was an outstanding nursing student, committed to her graduate nursing education.  She was eagerly pursuing her MSN in the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program when she became ill.  During her final year in the program, she lost her battle and passed away at home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Kaitlyn was a graduate of Ranney School and Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.  Besides being a fulltime graduate student, she was a registered nurse in the operating room at Monmouth Medical Center.

Those in attendance were welcomed by Dr. Janet Mahoney, Dean of the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, followed by kind words of remembrance from Dr. Rose Knapp, Chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Cheryl Leiningen, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Monmouth University Alumni Rebecca Jackewicz, and Dr. Diann Johnston, Chief Nursing Officer at Monmouth Medical Center & Regional Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Region.  Following the remembrance ceremony, kind words were shared by others in attendance.

At the conclusion of the tribute, Dr. Rekha Datta, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, presented Kaitlyn’s MSN Degree posthumously to her mother, Carol Petrillo.

PHOTO COURTESY of Roseanna Roberson