Friday, May 3, 2013

Going the extra mile


ABOVE AND BEYOND: MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, at left, and MGPO Chairman and CEO David Torchiana, MD, congratulate the Pamela J. Ellis Award winner Alejunas.


On a sunny Wednesday under the Bulfinch Tent, Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, read excerpts from nominations received for this year’s Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award.

“Motivated. Enthusiastic. Positive. Dedicated,” he read. “Beyond efficient. Has a smile for everyone.”

More than 140 nominations were received for the award, which honors the memory of Ellis, an executive secretary at the MGH from 1992 to 1996. It is given each year during the annual Administrative Support Staff Day Luncheon, held on April 24.

After the names of each nominee were read, Davis introduced the 2013 winner, Christine “Cindy” Alejunas, from the Infectious Disease Outpatient service. Alejunas accepted flowers and her award with tears in her eyes, as she told the crowd how grateful she is to work at the MGH. “I do my job not looking for accolades, but when hard work is acknowledged I appreciate it so much. No words can say.”

A complete list of nominees is featured in a framed plaque hanging on the wall opposite the MGH General Store. More than 3,000 administrative professionals attended this year’s luncheon. 

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