The BMC Brief
June 13, 2013 Volume 2, Issue 11
BMC has partnered with NBC affiliate WHDH Ch.7 and CW56 to co-sponsor the 2013 Health and Fitness Expo, a free community health event at the Hynes Convention Center on June 22-23. The event attracts more than 60,000 people from the Greater Boston region and will feature BMC health services and providers. More than 500 BMC staff will be there to answer health questions, exhibit clinical services, such as primary care, pediatrics and women’s health, and provide a variety of health screenings, including blood pressure, thyroid, skin and ear. BMC staff are encouraged to stop by.
Also featured at the event will be:
“This is a great opportunity for BMC to engage with the community in a fun, family-friendly, health-focused way,” says BMC President Kate Walsh. “The Expo will be a showcase for the many ways we deliver exceptional care, without exception, This will be a terrific event for our hospital. I hope staff will be able to stop by and experience it first hand.”
The two-day event will also feature Ch. 7 news personalities, Patriots players Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, and Mario Lopez, host of Extra!. Attendees can try out sports and weather reporting, a NASCAR simulator, and a ski/snowboard simulator. Attendees also can stop by the Pet Pavilion to meet fuzzy pups and pet a few, too.
The Health and Fitness Expo will be held June 22-23 at the Hynes Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All BMC staff are encouraged to attend with their family and friends. Learn more.
On June 27, models will walk the runway at the State Room in downtown Boston for the second annual Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care, a fashion show to raise awareness and funds for the hospital’s cancer services.
In partnership with Open HeARTS Inc., a nonprofit event planning and arts organization, the event will feature six designers and one stylist creating unique looks for professional models, local celebrities and BMC staff and patient cancer survivors. Models include Mix 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey, WHDH/Ch.7’s Janet Wu and Miss Massachusetts 2013 Taylor Kinzler. Twelve cancer survivors will be walking in the show, three of whom are BMC staff members.
Among the BMC staff will be Kathryn Ankner, a Patient Navigator in the Solomont Center for Hematology and Medical Oncology. Ankner has worked closely with countless brave cancer survivors at BMC and within her own family. This will be her first year walking in the show.
“I am honored to have been nominated by my coworkers to walk the runway. The event is so moving that I hope it inspires everyone in attendance to get involved in whatever way they can,” says Ankner. “It is important to not only bring awareness to cancer research, but also the impact cancer has on patients and their families, from treatment to survivorship.”
Perhaps the most inspirational women taking to the runway are BMC’s own staff survivors. Chief Radiation Therapist Pauline Clancy is a cervical and melanoma cancer survivor.
“I’m most excited to be walking with survivors who were my patients. They are awesome. To be able to celebrate and honor them is a privilege,” she says.
Another model is Carol Hyland, RN, Oncology, a breast cancer survivor. Not only has Carol treated oncology patients here, but she also received her treatment at BMC.
“I’m walking to show my appreciation for all the care and support that was given to me during my diagnosis, treatment and recovery,” says Hyland, who has been part of the BMC community for 27 years.
Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care will be held from 7-11 p.m. June 27 at Boston’s scenic State Room, located at 60 State Street. Tickets to the event include a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, fashion show and a gift bag. To purchase tickets visit http://www.bmccatwalk.org
It’s not every day you see pint-sized superheroes, pirates and fairy princesses running around the Shapiro lobby. But on June 8, Shapiro was transformed into the happiest place on Earth for a Disney-themed reunion between BMC staff and former patients of BMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“We planned to do the event because we wanted to reconnect with our graduates and their parents,” said Judith Burke, RN, a NICU nurse who helped organize the reunion. “The babies are with us anywhere from one to four months, so we bond not only with them but also with their parents."
The 270 guests included former premature and critically ill NICU patients who ranged in age from a few months to 10 years old, their families and the BMC staff who cared for them.
Kid-sized craft tables adorned with Mickey and Minnie Mouse balloons were splattered in colorful paint, glitter and rhinestones as kids lined up to make princess hats, decorate baseball caps, play with finger paints and create spin art masterpieces. A professional makeup artist at the face painting station transformed kids’ cheeks into their heart’s desire, whether it was Spiderman or a butterfly. A DJ spinning a kid-friendly mix of Top 40 hits and oldies drew crowds to the dance floor in addition to the machine that released flurries of bubbles to the beat of the music. The crowd was even treated to a traditional Indian dance performed by a small group of youth dancers.
Stacy Dow, RN, MSN, NICU Nurse Manager, worked with a core group of nurses and NICU volunteers to coordinate the event and brainstorm activities to entertain the children.
“I love working with such a dedicated and talented staff and I want them to feel validated for the great work they do,” said Dow. “Seeing our patients come back is one of the most rewarding experiences as a NICU nurse.”
The reaction among the crowd was enthusiastic as parents and former patients took the opportunity to laugh, exchange hugs, and catch up with their beloved caretakers on life outside of the NICU.
“I’m so happy I got to come back today and see our nurses and everyone who took care of my baby during our time in the NICU,” said one attendee. “They made such a huge difference in our life and I am so grateful.”
Summer is here, so why not try this healthy option for breakfast with your family? Check out this this delicious recipe from BMC Demonstration Kitchen Chef Tracey Burg, adapted from www.AvocadosFromMexico.com
This simple recipe combines the buttery texture of egg and the creamy texture of avocado to create a savory breakfast for two. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this tasty meal will keep your appetite in check until lunchtime and give you the kick you need to start your day off right.
Avocado Poached Eggs with Diablo Sauce
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