Friday, December 20, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 20, 2013

Julie Cronin, RN, MSN, OCN, a clinical nurse in Inpatient Gynecology/Oncology at the MGH, was one of six national winners of the 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards (Giving Excellence Meaning). Cronin was one of 60 regional winners honored in the Clinical Nursing, Inpatient category earlier this year.  The regional winners were entered into the national competition, reviewed and voted on by national advisory board members and other nurse executives from around the country. Cronin received her national award during a special ceremony Dec. 11 at the MGH.

Kim Francis, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, a neonatal clinical nurse specialist, and Heidi Larkin, RN, nurse coordinator, both of the MGH Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, were finalists for The March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter Nurse of the Year Awards. The award recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes. The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed applications in the categories of: Advanced Practice, Community Health, Public Health, Education, Neonatal, Nurse Researcher, Administration, Pediatric, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Student Nurse, Maternal/Newborn, Labor and Delivery and Ante-Partum.

The Men Against Abuse, MGH Domestic Violence Working Group committee, received the Domestic Violence Task Force, Public Service Peace Building Award. The task force is drawn from social service agencies in the communities of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. The award, presented at an Oct. 25 ceremony, recognizes those in the Boston area who have demonstrated outstanding work in preventing domestic violence.

MGH Senior Health, a primary care practice within the Geriatric Medicine Unit, received the level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recertification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This effort was led by a multidisciplinary team including support and clinical staff. PCMH is a model that strives to transform primary care into patient-focused care. NCQA designation indicates that the practice meets national standards for delivering high-quality care and utilizes systematic, patient-centered, coordinated management processes. Senior Health was the first practice in the Partners system to be officially cited as a medical home by the NCQA and now is the first to be recertified.

Read more articles from the 12/20/13 Hotline issue.


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