Friday, July 23, 2010

MGH Student Health Center at Chelsea receives high marks

TWENTY YEARS STRONG: From left, Gall; Dean Xerras, MD, medical director of Chelsea HealthCare Center; McWilliams; Hampton; DiDomenico; Anne Richmond, MPH, director of MGH Community Health Associates; Healey; Desmond; Brit Nicholson, MD, MGH senior vice president and chief medical officer; O'Flaherty; and Slavin

FOR 20 YEARS, the MGH Student Health Center at Chelsea High -- a satellite of the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center -- has helped meet the primary care and mental health care needs of Chelsea teens, offering services such as physical exams, immunizations, nutrition counseling and behavioral health services. To celebrate this milestone anniversary and honor the MGH clinicians who have dedicated their careers to the health of the students of Chelsea, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty joined MGH, city and state leaders -- including MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash; Superintendent of Chelsea Schools Tom Kingston, PhD; Chelsea High School Principal Joseph Mullaney; and Massachusetts Department of Public Health Director of School-Based Health Centers Renee Aird, BSN, MS -- for a June 25 celebration at Chelsea High School.

"The MGH Student Health Center at Chelsea High has been a labor of love by a group of dedicated caregivers and health professionals who have one goal in mind -- keeping the young people of Chelsea healthy for a lifetime," said Slavin at the event. "As doctors and nurses, we are all looking to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Often it is the dramatic 'saves' that get the attention of the public. But the real miracles in health care happen every day with listening, compassion and thoughtful advice at the moment a patient needs us the most. And that's what these caregivers do at the student health center."

At the celebration, DiDomenico presented recognition awards to Sheila Desmond, MD, former medical director, and nurse practitioners Kathy Healey, CPNP, MSN; Gail Gall, CPNP; and Jordan Hampton, RN, MSN, CPNP. The women have led the center for the past 20 years.

In addition to honoring the health center founders, O'Flaherty announced that five members of the Chelsea High School Class of 2010 earned summer jobs at the Chelsea HealthCare Center through the Jobs for Youth Program. The students are working in radiology, pediatrics, urgent care, the laboratory and security and are supervised by Jeannette McWilliams, administrative director of the Chelsea HealthCare Center, and Claudia Dias, patient services coordinator at the Student Health Center.

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