Friday, May 27, 2011

New director of Social Services Department is announced

SOCIAL SERVICE LEADERS: From left, Daniels, Gioiella and Ives Erickson

MARIE ELENA GIOIELLA, MA, MSW, LICSW, has been appointed director of the MGH Social Services Department. Gioiella has worked at the hospital since 1994 as a clinical social worker and has served as clinical director of the MGH Social Work Oncology Program since 2006. She succeeds Ann Daniels, PhD, LICSW, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Daniels was director for the last six years and has been a member of the department since 1974.

"We are incredibly thankful to Ann for her leadership and delighted to welcome Marie Elena in this new role," says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse. "Marie Elena's experience and her education make her highly suited to lead the MGH Social Services Department."

Gioiella earned a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and two master's degrees in Social Work and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. During her career at the MGH, she has been an active member of the Clinical Recognition Program Review Board, the Disabilities Awareness Council and the Cancer Center Community Outreach Program. She has been recognized with a number of honors, including the Domestic Violence Unsung Hero Award, the Arthur and Susan Durante Award for Exemplary Care and Service with Cancer Patients, and the Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award. She also has been named a Clinical Scholar by the MGH Clinical Recognition Review Board. Gioiella has published extensively and presented her work nationally.

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