CELEBRATORY SMILES: From left, Slavin, Laanani, Reardon and Elrick
Halim Laanani smiled at the plaque in his hands, honoring him as this year’s Ricardo Diaz Memorial Award winner. “I feel good – a little embarrassed, but it’s very, very nice,” the unit service associate on Ellison 16 said. “I feel like I’m with my family when I’m here at MGH. We all work together to help the patients and the families of the patients. It’s really a team.”
More than 4,500 employees were recognized June 10 as part of the annual Operations Support Staff Day, which included the awards ceremony in memory of Diaz, a hardworking and beloved staff member who tragically lost his life while plowing snow at the hospital in 2003. George Reardon, director of Patient Care Services Clinical Support Services, outlined why Laanani was selected as the person who best exemplifies the dedication and high standards that Diaz brought to his job. “Halim is always helpful, accommodating and very, very positive,” Reardon said. “Because of his positive attitude, he is the go-to person on our unit team. He is friendly, approachable to everyone on the unit and has earned the respect and admiration of everyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with him.”
During the event, Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president of MGH Administration, read the names of each of the 40 employees nominated for this year’s award. “This is the most nominees we have ever had,” Elrick said. “This really shows how wonderful our staff is and how each and every one of you works every day to provide for our patients.”
MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, thanked Operations Support Staff members for the crucial roles they play in keeping the hospital operating smoothly and efficiently. “We have the finest, most dedicated employees in Boston, and they make the MGH the truly wonderful place that it is,” Slavin said. “Each of you has a very important role in making sure that our patients get the best care, our young clinicians get the best training, our researchers keep making life-saving discoveries, and that we keep benefitting the community around us.”
In addition to the event, posters highlighting the many Support Services departments and employees are now on display in the main lobby.
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