The BMC Brief
May 24, 2012 Volume 1, Issue 25
“Warm.” “Kind.” “Respectful.” “Team player.”
These were just a few of the words used to describe nurses at the 14th annual Nursing Excellence awards program held May 11 in Bakst Auditorium. The awards capped BMC’s National Nurses Week celebration.
More than 35 nurses were nominated by their peers for their outstanding contributions to nursing and patient care.
In her welcome address, Vice President of Nursing Kim Perryman, RN, MMHC, NE-BC, recalled Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing.
“She taught the importance of skin, touch and the art of caring,” said Perryman. “That is what we are here to celebrate today.”
Ten nurses received Nursing Excellence awards:
In addition, these named awards were given to BMC nurses:
The program also featured the announcement of a new honor, the Friends of Nursing Award, which is given to a staff member who collaborates exceptionally with nurses, promotes teamwork, patience, compassion and outstanding support in achieving quality outcomes. The inaugural recipients are Lisa O’Connor, RN, BSN, MS, NEAA-BC, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations/Chief Nursing Officer, and Keith Lewis, MD, Chief and Chair, Anesthesiology, for their work overseeing the development and opening of the Solomont Clinical Simulation and Nursing Education Center.
"It is an honor to be recognized by Nursing leadership," said O'Connor. "I am so proud of all we have accomplished and so hopeful for what the future will bring. The simulation center is what exceptional looks like!"
On June 28, when BMC hosts its first ever fashion show, Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care, to raise funds for hospital cancer programs, it won’t be just local celebrities strutting their stuff on the catwalk; BMC staffers and patients who have survived cancer will join them.
The fashion show will feature six local designers creating looks for local celebrities such as Farrah Lester, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester’s wife; Katie Boyd of the Style Networks’ reality series “Wicked Fit;” Lacey Wilson Bates, Miss Massachusetts 2010; and Monica Pietrzak, Miss Connecticut 2009. The event will benefit BMC’s Cancer Care Center and is being produced in partnership with Open HeARTS, Inc., a non-profit arts and event planning organization that supports community organizations through fundraising and charitable donations.
Chris Andry, PhD, Executive Director, Cancer Care Services, says the event will raise funds for vital cancer programs at BMC. “Many of our patients lack resources or access to participate in support groups, survivorship celebrations and other integrative care services. This event is a wonderful and exciting way to raise the necessary support needed to care for our patients.”
Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care will be held from 7-11 p.m. June 28 at Boston’s scenic State Room at 60 State Street. Tickets to the event include a signature cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, fashion show and a gift bag. To purchase tickets visit www.bmccatwalk.org.
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Patients share their BMC experience
I live in the Berkshires and was in need of a second opinion for surgery under my left eye. I looked for a plastic surgeon within my health plan at a large hospital. I chose Dr. Gregory Antoine and have been thrilled with my results. He was wonderful every step of the way. I also want to tell you that his office was terrific to deal with and I spoke with Dunia many times in trying to arrange surgery. Additionally, I must say how impressed I was by each employee that I met on the day of surgery, from the information person, check in, transportation, all the nurses (especially the charge nurse) and the recovery staff. I don’t want to overlook the anesthesiologists or all the people in the surgical suite. They were competent and professional. I’m sorry we don’t live closer to your wonderful medical facility. It is truly world class!
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Maureen Kavanah, MD, Surgical Oncologist, has received the prestigious 2012 National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) Distinguished Investigator Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions and meritorious service to the NSABP in support of clinical research in breast and colorectal cancers. The NSABP has a 50-year history of designing and conducting clinical trials that have changed the standard of treatment in breast and colorectal cancer.
“This award reflects not only Dr. Kavanah’s commitment to excellence in research and patient care, but to advancing treatment for breast cancer nationally and internationally,” says Gerard Doherty, MD, Chief and Chair, Surgery.
Nicole Prudent, MD, MPH, Pediatrics, was honored recently at the 4-Who-Care Awards, presented by The Elizabeth Peabody House of Greater Boston. Prudent was one of five honorees recognized for their advocacy efforts on behalf of children. The 116-year-old Elizabeth Peabody House, located in Somerville, provides services to families and children with a particular focus on immigrant communities.
BMC’s Food Pantry has been awarded the 2012 James W. Varnum National Quality Award. The award recognizes an outstanding national leader or team in health care quality improvement initiatives, especially improvements in which patients, families and staff work together to achieve organizational culture change.