'Brave' and 'dedicated' Huntington Hospital nurse dies of coronavirus

John Abruzzo coronavirus
Posted at 1:46 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:36:34-04

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — A registered nurse at Huntington Hospital on Long Island, described as one of the “brave caregivers dedicated to their patients during this challenging time,” has died of COVID-19.

John Abruzzo leaves behind a wife and two children along with a brother who works at the hospital. Abruzzo’s daughter, Christina Ravanes, told PIX11 News her family is grateful for all of the love and support they have received since her father died.

“My dad loved what he did, he loved helping his patients ... I am beyond grateful for Huntington giving him the best care they could,” she said. “My family and I are devastated we couldn't be there with him but because of the restrictions we weren’t allowed to, so it was comforting that he was still surrounded by people that loved him.”

Abruzzo worked at Huntington Hospital for about 18 years, first as a security officer beginning in 2002 and then as a nurse at the facility starting in 2007, according to Susan Knoepffler, RN and chief nursing officer at the hospital.

“We mourn his loss and hold his family in our thoughts and prayers,” Knoepffler said in a statement. “Our team at Huntington Hospital is a family that now mourns the loss of one of its own But as we grieve, we will also persevere in caring for our patients with the grace and strength that John displayed day in and day out.”