Friday, October 22, 2010

First annual PCS awards ceremony celebrates star employees

PCS Superstars: Front row, from left, Davis, Karp, Davidson, Brown and Pizarro. Middle row, Veshi, McCarthy, Bonanno and MacDonald. Back row, Salisbury, Miller and Burns-Britton

It wasn’t dark yet, but the stars shone brightly the afternoon of Oct. 7 during Patient Care Services' (PCS) first annual awards ceremony, "One Celebration of Many Stars," held in the Bulfinch Tent. More than 50 PCS employees were nominated for the seven annual awards presented during the ceremony. The awards recognize staff for excellence in a range of areas-including clinical skill, patient advocacy, leadership and mentorship.

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, welcomed the standing-room-only crowd of staff members, donors, award nominees and recipients, and their families, and discussed the high caliber of care provided by staff in the division. "Commitment is the key ingredient to providing the highest quality and safest patient care," said Ives Erickson. I continue to be overwhelmed by the dedication and passion of so many of our Patient Care Services employees."

With assistance from Gaurdia Banister, RN, PhD, executive director of The Institute for Patient Care, Ives Erickson went onto formally present the awards, sharing the background of and criteria for each award and describing the reasons the winners were selected.

The 2010 PCS awardees are:

Anthony Kirvilaitis Jr. Partnership in Caring Award
Lue Davis, operations associate in the Clinical Research Center
Francisco Pizarro, unit service associate in the Central Resource Team

Norman Knight Clinical Support Excellence Award
Doris Veshi, patient care associate in Oncology

Brian M. McEachern Extraordinary Care Award
Susan Davidson, RN, staff nurse on the Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Jean M. Nardini, RN, Nurse of Distinction Award
Erin Salisbury, RN, staff nurse in Orthopaedics

Norman Knight Preceptor of Distinction Award
Betty Ann Burns-Britton, RN, staff nurse in Oncology

Marie C. Petrilli Oncology Nursing Award
Sarah Brown, RN, staff nurse in Oncology
Rosanne Karp, RN, case manager in Gynecology

Stephanie M. Macaluso, RN, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
Andrea Bonanno, PT, of Physical Therapy
Abigail MacDonald, LICSW, of Social Services
Christine McCarthy, RN, staff nurse on the Medical Intensive Care Unit
David Miller, RN, staff nurse on the Thoracic Surgery Unit

After the award presentations, guests lingered to enjoy a reception featuring refreshments and music from the Harry Fix Jazz Trio.

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