A focus on the professions

July 5, 2007

Noteworthy spotlights brief items of interest to allied healthcare professionals, especially those in Massachusetts. Send notices of upcoming events, personnel appointments, publications, calls for proposals, awards and recognitions, and other noteworthy items to

Appointments and kudos
The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) announced the appointment of Christine Ann Finn, PharmD, as clinical pharmacist. Prior to joining MEEI, Finn worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Boston Medical Center and as a Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Sandra Kelly, MS, RN, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute received the President's Award for Nursing Excellence and was one of 21 members of Dana-Farber’s nursing and patient care services staff honored at a special recognition ceremony at the end of May. The awards recognize superior performance in areas of writing, mentoring, leadership, and teamwork. In addition to Kelly, the allied health professionals honored included:

  • David Stiefel, RT, and Mary Jean Tomovick, RN (Peer Award)
  • Anne McDonnell, PharmD, BCOP, Katie Murphy, RN, and Mary Rapp, APRN-BC, MSN, AOCN (Student Mentor Award)
  • Cathleen Power, RN (Ellen Gabriel Travel Scholarship)
  • Mary Jane Ott, MN, MA, APRN-BC, RYT (Excellence in Writing Award)
  • Susan Bauer-Wu, RN, DNSc, Monica Fulton, RN, BSN, MBA, Kathleen McDermott, RN, BSN, Patricia Robinson, RN, BSN (Thomas M. Kloss Leadership Award)
  • Kecia Boyd, RN, BSN (Nursing and Patient Care Services Leadership Award)

Other staff receiving recognition included Nina Brodie, Hasnaa Makdouf, Ivannia Alcius, and Scott Hurwitch.

During the month of June, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) awarded special recognition to seven members of its clinical staff:

  • Penney Capra, RN, BSN, received the Charles Wood Award for Exceptional Patient Service.
  • Mary Powers, RN, and Diane McBrine, RN, each received the Norman Knight Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice Award.
  • Belinda Van Tassell, RN, received the Rita Kelly Memorial Scholarship.
  • JoAnn Graziano, RN, received the Norman Knight Excellence in Leadership Award.
  • Debbie Rich, RN, received the Norman Knight Leadership Excellence Award.
  • Unseul Charles, received the Charles Wood Award for Exceptional Patient Service.

During National Nurses Week in May, the Cambridge Health Alliance awarded five scholarships to local youths from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Everett High School, and Somerville High School. The students will all attend area colleges in the fall, including the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Salem State College, to pursue careers in nursing.

Facilities and institutions
Hallmark Health System has scheduled the opening of the Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading for July 23. The new three-story medical center will employ advanced technology to diagnose and treat medical conditions in an outpatient setting. The first floor will include diagnostic services, a blood draw suite, and physical therapy. The second and third floors will house medical offices for internal medicine and family practice, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, podiatry, pediatrics, and gastroenterology.

"The new, three-story medical center will employ advanced technology to diagnose and treat medical conditions in an outpatient setting."

Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS). Only four other hospitals in Massachusetts have that designation. The hospital is part of the Hallmark Health System.

The state of the professions
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has released the preliminary results of the second statewide survey of Nursing Home Satisfaction in Massachusetts. Results were based on nearly 20,900 responses from family members with relatives in 439 of the state's 458 nursing homes. Seventeen nursing homes were excluded from the survey because the sample size was too small, and two were excluded because they closed after the completion of the survey. The 2007 survey shows a high level of satisfaction with nursing homes across the Commonwealth. The statewide average satisfaction score was 4.19 on a five-point scale, with 5 indicating a high level of satisfaction. Nine out of ten respondents said that they would recommend the nursing home to a friend or family member.

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