When ‘Harry’ Met Northwell: RNs Take Over Harry Connick Jr. Studio

Northwell Health RNs attended a taping of the TV talk show "Harry" at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.

Northwell Health nurses took over the CBS Broadcast Center set of daytime talk show host Harry Connick Jr. on Wednesday, filling the “Harry” studio audience and adding a jolt of electricity for a taping celebrating all that nurses do.

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts and “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa each discussed personal medical crises and thanked the nurses who helped them through it while Mr. Connick showed his appreciation for the medical professionals in the crowd.

Maureen White, RN, Northwell’s senior vice president and chief nurse executive, led the 50-nurse contingent. Each was selected to participate in the special “Harry” taping from across the health care system based on essays they submitted as part of a VIP ticket contest.

“It was an inspiring day filled with heartwarming stories from patients who expressed their gratitude to registered nurses who changed or saved their lives,” Ms. White said. “It was a great deal of fun and the Northwell team left inspired, motivated and proud to be a registered nurse.”

When Mr. Connick needed a little first aid, it was a Northwell nurse who jumped from the crowd to the rescue. Lori Andersen-Macchio, RN, from Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, delivered by taking the host’s pulse on air. Relax, he was fine.

The entire group of Northwell nurses jammed with Mr. Connick at the conclusion of the taping as the New Orleans-born actor and singer showed off his dance moves with the studio audience.   

The episode will air Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m. on FOX 5-TV.