Friday, March 8, 2013

Improving, enhancing patient safety at MGH


FOCUS ON QUALITY: From left, Andrea Torri, MD; Gina Basehore, CRNA; Susan Vassallo, MD; and Edward George, MD, PhD, all from the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Fifty-one nurses, Imaging technicians, lab assistants, speech language pathologists and physicians were honored this week as Patient Safety Stars by the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety. The honorees, all of whom were nominated by their peers for their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH, were celebrated during the fourth annual breakfast and awards ceremony in the East Garden Room March 6.

Welcoming those in attendance, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, spoke about the importance of patient safety at the MGH. Lela Holden, PhD, RN, patient safety officer, and John Murphy, RN, staff specialist in the Center for Quality and Safety, introduced the honorees by sharing individual stories explaining why they were selected as Safety Stars. 

 “Amanda Norton, RN, on Ellison 16, works tirelessly to keep our patients safe every day by preventing the complications that could delay a patient’s discharge.”

“Michelle DeLelys, a technologist in Pathology, revised the guidelines that describe how to handle bone marrow specimens for the laboratories. The new guidelines streamlined the process to avoid delays in processing specimens and has shown a 75 percent improvement in these areas since it was adopted.”

“Carolyn Delaney, patient services coordinator, Charlestown HealthCare Center, made it her duty to ensure the environment for patients and staff is always safe. She keeps the fire extinguishers, panic buttons, defibrillators and hand sanitizers tested and up-to-date.” 


SAFETY STARS: Elizabeth Mort, MD, senior vice president of Quality and Safety and associate chief medical officer, center, congratulates Lara Hirner, MS, left, and Audrey Cohen, MS, both of the Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders. 

At the end of the ceremony, the names of all Safety Stars were entered into a drawing to win a new Kindle. “Ceremonies such as this help you realize that your work matters,” said Sarah Marie Cobb, RN, Patient Safety Star awardee and raffle winner. “It’s nice to see such a big group; it’s impressive to see how many people make patient safety a priority.”

The awards ceremony was part of a week-long series of events recognizing National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3 through 9.


2013 Safety Stars (in alphabetical order by last name)
Whole Name Department Star's Role
Daniel Arias Food and Nutrition Services Nutrition Service Coordinator
Gina Basehore, CRNA Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and  Pain Medicine Nurse Anesthetist
Patricia Bergschneider, RN Bigelow 14 Nurse,Staff Wknds, Adv Clncn
Carolyn Bleiler, RN Patient Care Services Blake 10 Nurse
Brianna Busch, RN Operating Room Nursing Service Operating Room Registered Nurse
Zhangwen Chen Pharmacy/Allergy Pharmacy Tech., Attending, Sr.
Christina Cianciarulo, RN Patient Care Units Nurse
Keisha Cobb Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Technical Assistant
Sarah Marie Cobb, RN Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services Nurse, Staff - Clinicial
Audry Cohen, MS, CCC-SCP Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities Clinical/Research Specialist
Katie Cook, RN Main Operating Room Nurse
Jennifer Davenport Emergency Radiology Technical Manager
Carolyn Delaney Charlestown HealthCare Center Patient Services Coord. II
Michelle DeLelys Pathology - Flow Cytemetry Senior Technologist, Flow Cytometry
Patricia Favazza, RN Pediatric Nursing Service Pediatric Nursing Service
Ashley Fowler, RN Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services Nurse
Donald Francis, RN Blood Transfusion Service Nurse
Alan Gold, RN Radiology Nursing Nurse
Judith Goulding Surgery Surgical Technologist II
Domingo Guillen MGH North OR Assistant Assistant, Operating Room
Padma Gulur, MD Anesthesia Director, Inpatient Pain Services
Lara M. Hirner, MS CCC-SLP Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities Speech-Lang. Path.
Kaitlin Hudson, RN Patient Care Units / White 12 Nurse, Staff
Marcia James Imaging/PET CT PET CT Technologist
Anastasia Kasseris, RN Hematology Nurse
Christine Lawless, RN Transplant Surgery Nurse
Samantha McCormick Emergency Imaging Technologist, Radiologic, I
Mary Mott, NP Neurology NP
Teresa Murray Gastroenterology Patient Services Coord. II
Laura Myers, MD Medicine Physician
Sandra Nelson, MD Division of Infectious Diseases Physician
Heidi Nichols-Baldacci, RN Patient Care Services Nurse Staff-Clinical Scholar
Amanda Norton, RN Ellison 16, General Medicine Nurse
Barbara Nowik, RT Eillison Radiology Radiologic Technologist
Jill Pallotta, RN Nursing, Blake 7 MICU Nurse
Raymond Parziale Imaging-Ultrasound Technologist, Ultrasound
Marina Rivera Surgical Pathology Lab Assistant
Karen Rosenblum, RN Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services Nurse
Stephanie Sanchez, PCIA Blake 14-Labor and Delivery PCIA
Keely Schmidt Imaging-White 2 Ultrasound Patient Care Coordinator II
Meghan Shea, MD Medicine Resident
Nicole Sherry, MD Pediatric Medical Services (MGHfC) / Pediatric Endocrinology Physician
Michael Sills, RN Nursing - Clinical Nursing Services Nurse
Patricia Simpson, RN Nursing, Blake 7 MICU Coordinator for Community Emergency Preparedness
Laura Socha, RN Ellison 11, Patient Care Services Nurse
Heather Szymczak, RN Gastrointestinal Unit - GI Associates Staff Nurse-Clinician
Andrea Torri, MD Anesthesia Attending in Anesthesia
Stacy Vail, RRT Respitory Care Services Respiratory Ther, Wkd-Clinician
Susan Vassallo, MD Anesthesia Anesthesiologist
Carey York-Best, MD Labor and Delivery Physician-Director
Islam Zinxhirija Bigelow 9 Operation Associates

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