Jean Onelli, coding quality specialist in the MGH Health Information Services Department (HIS), died June 30 at the age of 59. Onelli worked at the MGH for more than 30 years and, according to her MGH colleagues and friends, was known for her commitment, work ethic and compassion.
“Jean was a dedicated employee who gave her best in serving the Health Information Services Department and her co-workers in her day-to-day work life,” says Deborah Adair, director of HIS. “As both a friend and colleague, Jean was kind and compassionate, dedicated and always searching for the source of truth.”
Laura Prasnal, HIS coding specialist, recalls Onelli’s love for Boston sports calling her “a true fan.” Onelli held season tickets to root for her beloved Patriots, and when it proved difficult to obtain tickets to a home Red Sox game, she would travel to Maryland to watch them play. Prasnal says Onelli was also known for indulging her co-workers with sweets. “Candy was always available at her desk – Christmas candy, Halloween candy, or candy for no special occasion. The funny thing is that Jean maintained a healthy diet. The candy was for us – to give us a lift when things got tough,” Prasnal recalls.
Bernice von Saleski, director of Coding for Partners HealthCare, says Onelli was proud to be part of the MGH family and notes her coding and quality specialist expertise was top-notch. “She was my right-hand person,” von Saleksi says. “But, more importantly, she was also my friend. I’m glad she was in my life’s journey.”
Onelli is survived by her father, Peter J. Onelli of Dedham, a brother, four sisters and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10 am July 30 in the MGH Chapel.
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