Friday, December 14, 2012

In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 14, 2012

Robert Gerszten, MD, director of Clinical and Translational Research in the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, was awarded an Agilent Thought Leader Award from Agilent Technologies Inc. The award will provide philanthropic funds to Gerszten’s laboratory to support its goal of identifying new metabolites and proteins that mark cardiovascular disease activity, signal disease progression and provide targets for therapeutic intervention.

Carlyene Prince-Erickson, director of Employee Education and Leadership Development for Human Resources, recently received the Publisher’s Award at Color Magazine’s fifth annual All-Inclusive Awards celebration. The award honors individuals and organizations that are paving the way for diversity and inclusion in the Greater Boston Area.

Colleen Snydeman, RN, MSN, has been appointed director of the Patient Care Services Office of Quality and Safety. Snydeman, who has been nursing director of the Ellison 9 Cardiac Intensive Care
Unit since 2004, has also served the MGH in a variety of other leadership capacities over the course of her 31-year nursing career, including as clinical nursing supervisor and nurse manager of the Thoracic Surgery Unit.

MGH Primary Care physician Larry Ronan, MD, has been named medical director of the Boston Red Sox, having served as the team’s head internist since 2005. Peter Asnis, MD, of the MGH Sports Medicine Department, will serve as head orthopædic surgeon for the team.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has selected the MGH to participate in its AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, which is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinical leaders whose initiatives measurably improve patient outcomes and lower hospital costs. For the next 16 months, teams of four nurses from each of the seven participating Massachusetts hospitals will work with a CSI faculty member, an internal mentor and the chief nursing officer to identify issues related to their existing patient care responsibilities. Teams will then develop and implement unit-based projects to improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital expenses. It is hoped the projects will then be introduced to other departments at each hospital.

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