INAUGURAL AWARD: Gardner’s family attended the memorial award presentation to honor Xue, second from left. From left, Gardner's uncle Alfonse Ferreira, husband Paul Gardner, mother Eva Almeida, sister Olga Sullivan and brother-in-law William Sullivan
Feng Xue, senior financial analyst in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, was honored June 26 as the first recipient of the Amelia F. Gardner Memorial Service Award in recognition of her “nurturing nature, dedication, selflessness and patience.” Xue received a certificate during the award ceremony, and an engraved plaque with her name will be displayed in the department’s Davison Conference Room.
The award was established to honor the memory of Gardner, who died Nov. 3, 2011, and to recognize nonclinical employees who exemplify service excellence. Gardner worked at the MGH for 20 years, serving as office manager for the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine during the last four years. “Amy was an integral member of the department and embodied service excellence on a daily basis,” says Allison Lemovitz, an administrative manager in the department. “Those who knew her best would describe her as a dedicated, selfless, hard-working individual who consistently went above and beyond for her colleagues.”
Department staff nominated colleagues for the award, which is planned to be presented annually. “It is a great honor to receive this award,” says Xue. “I had the pleasure of working with Amy for five years, and I learned a lot from her. She took great pride in her work and her relationships with others. Providing excellent service is a longtime tradition in our office, the department and the MGH, and I am very proud to be a member of this community. ”
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