“At the end of the day it’s about the patients, and that’s why I do what I do every day.”

These words were spoken by Rony Dieuseul, patient services coordinator in the Psychiatry Department/Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, who was one of two recipients of this year’s Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award. Dieuseul received the award along with Salone Callender, patient services coordinator at MGH Primary Care Boston, at the April 26 Administrative Support Staff Day luncheon.

“Administrative Support Staff Day is a wonderful rite of passage in the spring calendar at the MGH,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “The people under this tent help us advance all four parts of our mission, and we quite frankly could not do it without you all. The invaluable work that you do makes the work of this hospital possible, and I thank each and every one of you for all that you do.”

The award was established in recognition of the outstanding performance and values of Ellis, who served as an executive secretary at the MGH from 1992 – 1996, and honors MGH secretarial staff who exhibit outstanding qualities in their work. Seventy-one staff members were nominated for this year’s award, and the complete list of nominees is featured in a framed plaque hanging on the wall opposite the MGH Gift Shop.

“I can finally hold up this award as a mark of my achievement,” said Callender. “I get so much strength from my colleagues, family and patients, and I thank the MGH for being such a wonderful place to work.”