MANY STARS: Back row, from left, Lanckton, Dorman, Nait-Talb, Michael, Ward and Rallo. Front row, Leane, Teixeira, Garvey, MacKinnon, Chastain and Gordon
“Karen is the nurse I’d want if I were ill.” “Aomar does everything with a smile.” “Jesse is a natural-born leader.” The praise for 12 extraordinary MGH employees warmed hearts of attendees at the annual Patient Care Services’ (PCS) “One Celebration of Many Stars” Awards Ceremony Oct. 9 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium. The ceremony is particularly special to staff, as all of the awards were created in memory of grateful patients and exemplary employees.
“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse. “We get to come together to celebrate our own.”
More than 50 employees were nominated for the various awards. Selection committees – comprising staff, patients and family members – reviewed the nominees’ portfolios and chose the final recipients.
The 2012 awards and recipients are: Anthony Kirvilaitis Jr. Partnership in Caring Award – Damien Leane, unit service associate, Vascular Surgery, Bigelow 14, and Liana Teixeira, unit service associate, Central Resource for Lunder; Norman Knight Clinical Support Excellence Award – Aomar Nait-Talb, patient care associate,
Pediatrics, Ellison 18; Norman Knight Preceptor of Distinction Award – Karin Rallo, RN, staff nurse, Emergency Services, White 1; Brian M. McEachern Extraordinary Care Award – Jesse MacKinnon, RN, staff nurse, Oncology, Lunder 9; Jean M. Nardini, RN, Nurse of Distinction Award – Stefanie Michael, RN, staff nurse, Medicine, Bigelow 11; Marie C. Petrilli Oncology Nursing Award – Margaret Garvey, RN, staff nurse, Oncology, Lunder 10, and Karen Ward, RN, staff nurse, Oncology, Cox 1; and the Stephanie M. Macaluso, RN, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award – Patricia Anne Chastain, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Robert Dorman, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Susan Gordon, RN, staff nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Ellison 9, and Benjamin Lanckton, BCC, Chaplaincy.
Each recipient expressed gratitude while accepting his or her award. Teixeira thanked her supervisor, Stephanie Cooper, associate director of PCS Clinical Support Services, for believing in her. “I will never let you down,” Teixeira said. “My heart is with this hospital.”
Rallo, recognized for her mentorship, thanked the PCS Executive Committee, her department and her three sons, who inspired her to become a nurse 12 years ago. “This truly is a moment I will cherish forever.”
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