Eight extraordinary MGH employees were celebrated Nov. 19 at the sixth annual Breakfast of Champions hosted by the MGH Employee Disability Resource Group.

“We take great pride as an institution in continuing to make strides to make sure the MGH is accessible to all those who come through our doors,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “Today is our chance to celebrate eight heroes who go above and beyond in making that possible.”

Jennifer Magee, DMD, director of the MGH Dental Group - Danvers and director of Community Health in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), was honored with this year’s Disability Champion Award. Magee commits to spending one day every other month in the operating room to perform dental rehabilitations for patients with autism and other developmental disabilities. She also provides care at no cost to victims of human trafficking.

“Dr. Magee makes it her mission to provide care to those who need it the most, but can access it the least,” said Maria Troulis, DDS, chief of OMFS. “She is a caring and devoted doctor to those who need her the most.”

Troulis said access to care for these patients often is difficult as they may not be able to receive care in the traditional outpatient setting, and Magee never hesitates to spend the extra time needed to provide care in the outpatient or operating room setting.

“This is just what we do,” said Lori Palley, DVM, assistant director of Veterinary Services, who was last year’s award recipient. “I don’t consider it above and beyond, and I bet if you asked most nominees for this award, they wouldn’t either. So to the nominees, if you think you’re not heroic, that what you do is not extraordinary, or that you gain more in return from what you do than what you give, please know that you are a role model, a person whose behavior should be emulated by others in the MGH community.” 

This article was originally published in the 11/02/18 Hotline issue.