Friday, July 26, 2013

Mastering challenges: MGH celebrates ESOL graduates


SUCCESS WITH A SMILE: Prince-Erickson congratulates Francisco Pizarro, unit service associate

“Life may not take you where you think it will. Be open to the adventure – even if it may look like a dead end or a wrong turn, you may ultimately like where you end up.” Hanna Kim Gaggin, MD, of the MGH Cardiology Division, shared those words of wisdom during the annual Celebration of Achievement ceremony honoring graduates of the MGH Workplace Education Program.

This year nearly 140 employees – representing 26 countries and 12 languages from various departments across the hospital – participated in the education classes, also known as the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Gaggin served as the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony under the Bulfinch Tents, sharing her personal journey of coming to the United States from South Korea as a young girl. She spoke about the importance of working hard, not being afraid to ask questions and taking whatever time is needed to master challenges. Gaggin also encouraged the graduates to give back and help others to develop confidence, self-esteem and a desire to succeed.

During the ceremony, Carlyene Prince-Erickson, director of MGH Training and Workforce Development, thanked the many individuals who help make the program a success – including senior leadership, managers, volunteers and members of the program’s planning and evaluation team. Prince-Erickson presented the graduates with certificates of completion, accompanied by Beth Butterfoss, lead program manager; Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources; and Jerry Rubin, president and CEO of JVS, which co-sponsors the program along with the MGH.

This year a new award was given to honor managers who show exemplary support of the program. Stella Moody, operations manager for Patient Care Services Clinical Support Services; Cheryl Gear-Alves, manager of Environmental Services; and Melinda Veress, manager of Nutrition and Food Services Training, were recognized.

For more information on fall ESOL classes, contact Butterfoss at 617-726-2388 or

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