Fifty-one nurses, Imaging technicians, lab assistants, speech language pathologists and physicians were honored this week as Patient Safety Stars by the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety.
Improving, enhancing patient safety at MGH
FOCUS ON QUALITY: From left, Andrea Torri, MD; Gina Basehore, CRNA; Susan Vassallo, MD; and Edward George, MD, PhD, all from the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Fifty-one nurses, Imaging technicians, lab assistants, speech language pathologists and physicians were honored this week as Patient Safety Stars by the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety. The honorees, all of whom were nominated by their peers for their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH, were celebrated during the fourth annual breakfast and awards ceremony in the East Garden Room March 6.
Welcoming those in attendance, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, spoke about the importance of patient safety at the MGH. Lela Holden, PhD, RN, patient safety officer, and John Murphy, RN, staff specialist in the Center for Quality and Safety, introduced the honorees by sharing individual stories explaining why they were selected as Safety Stars.
“Amanda Norton, RN, on Ellison 16, works tirelessly to keep our patients safe every day by preventing the complications that could delay a patient’s discharge.”
“Michelle DeLelys, a technologist in Pathology, revised the guidelines that describe how to handle bone marrow specimens for the laboratories. The new guidelines streamlined the process to avoid delays in processing specimens and has shown a 75 percent improvement in these areas since it was adopted.”
“Carolyn Delaney, patient services coordinator, Charlestown HealthCare Center, made it her duty to ensure the environment for patients and staff is always safe. She keeps the fire extinguishers, panic buttons, defibrillators and hand sanitizers tested and up-to-date.”
SAFETY STARS: Elizabeth Mort, MD, senior vice president of Quality and Safety and associate chief medical officer, center, congratulates Lara Hirner, MS, left, and Audrey Cohen, MS, both of the Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders.
At the end of the ceremony, the names of all Safety Stars were entered into a drawing to win a new Kindle. “Ceremonies such as this help you realize that your work matters,” said Sarah Marie Cobb, RN, Patient Safety Star awardee and raffle winner. “It’s nice to see such a big group; it’s impressive to see how many people make patient safety a priority.”
The awards ceremony was part of a week-long series of events recognizing National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3 through 9.
|2013 Safety Stars (in alphabetical order by last name)|
|Whole Name||Department||Star's Role|
|Daniel Arias||Food and Nutrition Services||Nutrition Service Coordinator|
|Gina Basehore, CRNA||Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine||Nurse Anesthetist|
|Patricia Bergschneider, RN||Bigelow 14||Nurse,Staff Wknds, Adv Clncn|
|Carolyn Bleiler, RN||Patient Care Services Blake 10||Nurse|
|Brianna Busch, RN||Operating Room Nursing Service||Operating Room Registered Nurse|
|Zhangwen Chen||Pharmacy/Allergy||Pharmacy Tech., Attending, Sr.|
|Christina Cianciarulo, RN||Patient Care Units||Nurse|
|Keisha Cobb||Imaging/Nuclear Medicine||Technical Assistant|
|Sarah Marie Cobb, RN||Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services||Nurse, Staff - Clinicial|
|Audry Cohen, MS, CCC-SCP||Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities||Clinical/Research Specialist|
|Katie Cook, RN||Main Operating Room||Nurse|
|Jennifer Davenport||Emergency Radiology||Technical Manager|
|Carolyn Delaney||Charlestown HealthCare Center||Patient Services Coord. II|
|Michelle DeLelys||Pathology - Flow Cytemetry||Senior Technologist, Flow Cytometry|
|Patricia Favazza, RN||Pediatric Nursing Service||Pediatric Nursing Service|
|Ashley Fowler, RN||Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services||Nurse|
|Donald Francis, RN||Blood Transfusion Service||Nurse|
|Alan Gold, RN||Radiology Nursing||Nurse|
|Judith Goulding||Surgery||Surgical Technologist II|
|Domingo Guillen||MGH North OR Assistant||Assistant, Operating Room|
|Padma Gulur, MD||Anesthesia||Director, Inpatient Pain Services|
|Lara M. Hirner, MS CCC-SLP||Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities||Speech-Lang. Path.|
|Kaitlin Hudson, RN||Patient Care Units / White 12||Nurse, Staff|
|Marcia James||Imaging/PET CT||PET CT Technologist|
|Anastasia Kasseris, RN||Hematology||Nurse|
|Christine Lawless, RN||Transplant Surgery||Nurse|
|Samantha McCormick||Emergency Imaging||Technologist, Radiologic, I|
|Mary Mott, NP||Neurology||NP|
|Teresa Murray||Gastroenterology||Patient Services Coord. II|
|Laura Myers, MD||Medicine||Physician|
|Sandra Nelson, MD||Division of Infectious Diseases||Physician|
|Heidi Nichols-Baldacci, RN||Patient Care Services||Nurse Staff-Clinical Scholar|
|Amanda Norton, RN||Ellison 16, General Medicine||Nurse|
|Barbara Nowik, RT||Eillison Radiology||Radiologic Technologist|
|Jill Pallotta, RN||Nursing, Blake 7 MICU||Nurse|
|Raymond Parziale||Imaging-Ultrasound||Technologist, Ultrasound|
|Marina Rivera||Surgical Pathology||Lab Assistant|
|Karen Rosenblum, RN||Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services||Nurse|
|Stephanie Sanchez, PCIA||Blake 14-Labor and Delivery||PCIA|
|Keely Schmidt||Imaging-White 2 Ultrasound||Patient Care Coordinator II|
|Meghan Shea, MD||Medicine||Resident|
|Nicole Sherry, MD||Pediatric Medical Services (MGHfC) / Pediatric Endocrinology||Physician|
|Michael Sills, RN||Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services||Nurse|
|Patricia Simpson, RN||Nursing, Blake 7 MICU||Coordinator for Community Emergency Preparedness|
|Laura Socha, RN||Ellison 11, Patient Care Services||Nurse|
|Heather Szymczak, RN||Gastrointestinal Unit - GI Associates||Staff Nurse-Clinician|
|Andrea Torri, MD||Anesthesia||Attending in Anesthesia|
|Stacy Vail, RRT||Respitory Care Services||Respiratory Ther, Wkd-Clinician|
|Susan Vassallo, MD||Anesthesia||Anesthesiologist|
|Carey York-Best, MD||Labor and Delivery||Physician-Director|
|Islam Zinxhirija||Bigelow 9||Operation Associates|
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