Friday, November 6, 2009

Vascular Center celebrates five years

More than 100 MGH Vascular Center physicians, nurses and staff members gathered at the Liberty Hotel ballroom Oct. 28 to celebrate five years of excellence in clinical care, education and research. A panel of speakers highlighted the center’s accomplishments and goals, while employees took the opportunity to mingle with colleagues who work in one of the seven disciplines comprising the world-class center.

Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the MGH Vascular Center, welcomed attendees. "This is a celebration for all of you, and it is through your efforts that we are where we are today," he said.

Speakers at the event included Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of MGH; Ann Prestipino, senior vice president of Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development; Eric M. Isselbacher, MD, associate director of the MGH Heart Center and co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Center; and Jackie Somerville, RN, PhD, associate chief nurse.

Janice Williams, a Vascular Center patient, recounted her personal story about how she regained her life after debilitating pain caused by a narrowed artery nearly ended her days as a competitive runner. For four years she sought out a diagnosis for what was causing her excruciating leg pain -- which most doctors decided was an orthopedic or psychosomatic issue -- before finding the Vascular Center.

"So many people here cared about me getting better," said Williams. "I did not have a life-threatening problem, but everyone at the Vascular Center took the time to care about my quality of life."

Looking toward the future, Jaff lauded efforts by the Vascular Center to establish a physician-consultation line where referring physicians can get quick answers from experts in vascular care. There are also plans to strengthen collaborations with the MGH Heart Center and establish a quarterly "Lunch with the Leaders" series in which employees would be given a forum to interact with Vascular Center leaders.

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