Janice H. "Jay" Ciano, an administrative assistant in the Department of Radiation Oncology, died June 13 in an automobile accident in Malden. She was 54.
Ciano was born in Chelsea, Mass., and lived in Malden for the past 30 years. She began her career at the MGH in 1991 as an office assistant in the Department of Gynecology. She then transferred to the MGH Cancer Center in 1998 as a patient service coordinator and in 2007 began work in the Department of Radiation Oncology as a staff assistant.
Andrea B. Paciello, executive director of Radiation Oncology, describes Ciano as a well-liked and friendly colleague. "The Department of Radiation Oncology was very saddened by the news of Jay's passing. She was a vibrant, spirited and committed contributor and a friend to many of her administrative co-workers. Her presence is missed, and our thoughts continue to be with Jay's husband, daughter and son."
Not only was Ciano a beloved colleague to those in her immediate department, but she also made many friends traveling on the Partners shuttle. Many employees have expressed how much they appreciated Ciano's friendly and welcoming company during their commutes. "For a couple of years now I have had the pleasure of Jay's company while riding the MGH shuttle bus," says Sandy Brown of Patient Care Services. "I especially enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor. Listening to her talk, it was very obvious to me how much she loved her family, including her husband Vinny; her daughter Gina, a new nurse; her handsome son Michael; and her little dog Madison. Jay was definitely the best dressed woman on the shuttle bus. I always looked forward to seeing Jay, and we all feel such a loss because of her absence."
A memorial service will be held in the MGH Chapel in the coming weeks. Details will be provided in a future issue of MGH Hotline.