Crediting administrative support staff: From left, Slavin, Viscardi, Prestipino and Davis
The essential role of all administrative support staff members in helping the MGH run smoothly was acknowledged April 27 during the annual Administrative Support Staff Luncheon in the Bulfinch Tent. More than 2,000 administrative, office and executive support staff enjoyed lunch, music and were given a token of appreciation at the noontime event.
To open the event, Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, welcomed guests. MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, then thanked administrative support staff members from across the hospital and health centers, saying that their work has been an important component to the hospital's success over the past 200 years. "We often don't have enough time to say 'thank you,' but we have the opportunity today to express our sincere appreciation for all that you do. Each employee has the opportunity to use his or her special talents to advance our mission, and the hospital's work could not be made possible without the work of our administrative support staff."
Next, Ann Prestipino, senior vice president of MGH Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development, joined Davis in recognizing all of the employees who were nominated for the Pamela J. Ellis Award -- an honor given to an employee who exhibits exceptional qualities in his or her work, just as Ellis did during her tenure. This year a record 194 nominations were submitted.
The 2011 Pamela J. Ellis Award was presented to Denise Viscardi, front desk coordinator at the MGH Weight Center. Viscardi was nominated by her supervisor, Geoffrey Patton, administrative manager for the center. Viscardi thanked Slavin, Davis, Prestipino and Patton for his nomination.
"It's very flattering to hear your boss say so many kind things about you," she said, accepting her award. "I am grateful to have both of my parents here today, and I know you hear this often -- that the MGH is like a family -- but it is true. I have my family at home and one here."