Friday, November 22, 2013

One celebration, many stars


EXTRAORDINARY: Patient Care Services award recipients recognized at the “One Celebration of Many Stars” ceremony

It was standing room only in the O’Keeffe Auditorium Nov. 12 as Patient Care Services (PCS) presented awards to 13 recipients at the “One Celebration of Many Stars” ceremony.  

“I empower the patients and families I work with by listening to their stories, normalizing their experiences, and collaborating to problem-solve and improve their coping. I collaborate with my colleagues and endeavor to be a dependable teammate,” said Caitlin Laidlaw, LICSW, of Social Services, who received the Brian M. McEachern Extraordinary Care Award.

More than 100 PCS employees were nominated for the seven annual awards, which were created in memory of grateful patients and exemplary employees. The awards recognize excellence in a range of areas, including clinical support services, leadership, teamwork and mentorship.

“Reading the nomination portfolios, I see empathy, joy, skill, advocacy, courage, collaboration and compassion,” said Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse. “Every year I am impressed by the nominees, but this year I am particularly impressed by the number and quality.”

Jesse Mackinnon, RN, a staff nurse in Oncology, said he was honored and humbled to receive the Norman Knight Preceptor of Distinction Award. “I was nominated by one of my students, but I feel more proud of them than they are of me.”

The attendees also celebrated another significant milestone, as Jessica Kensky Downes, RN, staff nurse in Hematology and Oncology, stepped forward to accept a Marie C. Petrilli Oncology Nursing Award. This was her first public appearance at the MGH since the Boston Marathon bombings, during which both she and her husband were seriously injured. “The event was indeed a celebration of many stars,” said Ives Erickson. 

Anthony Kirvilaitis Jr. Partnership in Caring Award
Cynthia Goodwin, Blood Transfusion Service
Gabriela Montecinos, General Medicine

Norman Knight Clinical Support Excellence Award
Elizabeth Caraballo, Occupational Therapy

Brian M. McEachern Extraordinary Care Award
Caitlin Laidlaw, LICSW, Social Services

Jean M. Nardini, RN, Nurse of Distinction Award
Michael Tady, RN, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Norman Knight Preceptor of Distinction Award
Jesse Mackinnon, RN, Oncology

Stephanie M. Macaluso, RN, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
John Pierre Kearns, MDiv, Chaplaincy
Julie Macpherson-Clements, RRT, Respiratory Therapy
Alexa O’Toole, RN, Newborn Nursery Unit
Pamela Tobichuk, RN, Case Management

Marie C. Petrilli Oncology Nursing Award
Jessica Berry, RN, Oncology
Lisa Doyle, RN,  Gynecology and Oncology
Jessica Kensky Downes, RN, Hematology and Oncology


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