Friday, June 7, 2013

In General awards and honors: June 7, 2013

Sally Millar, RN, MBA, director of MGH Patient Care Services (PCS) Informatics and interim director of PCS Financial Management Systems, received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. The award recognizes extraordinary professional achievements and contributions that advance the organization’s mission to promote a health care system that is driven by the needs of patients and families.

Matthew Smith, MD, PhD, director of the Genitourinary Malignancies Program at the MGH Cancer Center, received the Jack Colbert Award from the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition. The award is given by the organization’s board of directors to a distinguished individual in the medical community who has significantly advanced the fight to conquer and cure prostate cancer through research and/or practice. 

The MGH Cancer Center, home of an Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, received a $750,000 grant to fund research that examines the association between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, as well as fund programs to help low-income women receive breast cancer care at the Avon Center at the MGH and five neighborhood health care centers – including Chelsea, Geiger Gibson, Mattapan, Neponset and Harbor community clinics. The MGH was one of nine organizations that received a grant following the 11th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston in May, which raised more than $4 million to advance access to care and fund breast cancer prevention and treatment research programs.

The MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Prize4Life, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), received a Best Practices Award at the 2013 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. The award recognizes the creation of the Pooled Resource Open-access ALS Clinical Trials (PRO-ACT) platform. The dynamic database helps to accelerate discovery, development and delivery of future ALS treatments by housing the largest dataset from completed Phase II and III clinical trials in ALS. The platform enables the merging of data from global clinical trials, generating a valuable resource for the design of future trials and the identification of novel correlations and disease biomarkers.  

Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, FCAP, associate chief for education and training in the Department of Pathology, has been chosen to serve on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. CMS appoints a pool of 100 experts working in clinical and administrative medicine to serve on the committee. Members present an unbiased and current deliberation of state-of-the-art technology and science. They also review and evaluate medical literature, technology assessments, and examine data and information on the effectiveness and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare, or that may be eligible for coverage under Medicare.

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