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Institute Continues Growth in Charlestown Expansion will improve learning with new cutting-edge classrooms

Interprofessional Center to be Incubator for Innovative Ideas

In 2008, the MGH Institute needed to rent space across the street from its main academic building at 36 First Avenue. Student enrollment was continuing to climb, and additional classrooms and labs were required to accommodate student learning needs.

As the Institute continues its steady growth—student enroll­ment is up 83% since the start of the 2005-2006 academic year—President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, Provost and Academic Vice President Alex P. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, and other academic leaders rec­ ognized the need for an incubator where new ideas can be explored and formulated, and if promising, flourish.

With a student body now exceeding 1,100, once again the Institute is about to expand its campus in Charlestown, a short decade after moving into the Boston neighborhood.

To begin achieving that goal, the Center Beginning in January 2012, for Interprofessional the Institute will take over Studies and Innovation, the top floor of 2 Consti- The new student study-lounge space has a great view of the USS Constitution. or CIPSI, was created tution Center, located just earlier this year. Led by Interim Director Bette Ann outside the Navy Yard and directly overlooking the USS Harris, DPT, MS, the Center has multiple purposes, Constitution, more commonly known as “Old Ironsides.” including: The 20,000-square-foot addition will include new and • Expanding the Institute’s educational mission beyond expanded physical therapy labs and a 104-seat active its traditional programmatic departments and schools, learning classroom with state-of-the-art technology, as continued on page 13

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Largest Class in 34-Year History Graduates The MGH Institute graduated the largest class in its 34-year history at the 2011 Commencement ceremonies last May, when 399 students became new alumni of the Boston health sciences graduate school. More than 2,000 family and friends were on hand at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, where students in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and radiologic technology participated in the day-long program that concluded when they received their diplomas. Marc A. Nivet, EdD, Chief Diversity Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, delivered the keynote address. continued on page 11

Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate Jessica Coviello receives congratulatory kisses from daughters Ana, left, and Bella.

President’s Corner This fall, we welcomed the largest number of students in the Institute’s history. The official enrollment count as of November 2011 was—fittingly —1,111. Correspondingly, we also welcomed new faculty, and increased staff support in key areas, including student affairs, instructional design, and information technology. Given our commitment to “Advance the Institute’s distinctiveness and excellence through strategic growth and innovation,” we have outlined an exciting plan to grow through innovation over the next few years. The innovation will come through proposed new programs, further leveraging of learning technologies, new teaching strategies focused less on delivering content and more on fostering strategies that prepare our graduates for lifelong learning, advances in faculty research and contributions to new knowledge in their respective disciplines, and expanded engagement with the community. The Institute’s first PhD program, focused on preparing researchers in the Rehabilitation Sciences, a largely online master’s in Health Professions Education for licensed health professionals, and an entrylevel Doctor of Occupational Therapy are all currently under review through the required internal and external groups. I’m hopeful we will be able to share in the Spring 2012 issue that all have been approved and are ready to recruit their first cohort of students. To prepare for our expanded enrollments in these new programs, as well as some increases in class sizes in our existing programs, the Institute will open newly leased and renovated space at 2 Constitution Center, nestled in a beautiful setting between the U.S.S. Constitution and Constitution Marina, and a short

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0.4 mile from the Shouse Building (see article on page 1). We continue to work with Partners Real Estate to identify additional opportunities to expand Janis P. Bellack, President our footprint in the Navy Yard to ensure our physical facilities keep pace with enrollment and faculty/staff growth and provide an environment that supports learning and work. Accompanying our plans for growth and innovation is our commitment to growing and strengthening our community engagement. The In-

MGH INSTITUTE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADMINISTRATION Janis P. Bellack, President Alex F. Johnson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Atlas D. Evans, Vice President Office of Finance and Administration Bette Ann Harris ’83, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Director, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation

Robert E. Hillman, Associate Provost for Research

Harriet S. Kornfeld, Chief Development Officer

Carolyn F. Locke, Dean, Office of Student Affairs Paul W. Murphy, Director, Office of Communications and Marketing Denis G. Stratford, Chief Information Officer

Academic Departments

Demand for the Institute’s programs has never been stronger, and given workforce projections, demand for our graduates in all fields is expected to grow substantially in the coming decade.

care services for a largely underserved population in Charlestown, which also will expand capacity for student and faculty practice.

stitute continues to provide special health services through our Speech, Language and Literacy Center, Aphasia Center, and our newer Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion, all of which provide learning and practice opportunities for our students and faculty. The School of Nursing is leading the planning for a community-centered, interprofessional clinic aimed at providing future primary

Demand for the Institute’s programs has never been stronger, and given workforce projections, demand for our graduates in all fields is expected to grow substantially in the coming decade. While the new graduate employment market in some areas has been tight, especially for entrylevel nursing positions in major health systems in Boston and other metropolitan centers, all indicators point to this as a temporary situation. In fact, by 2015 the RN shortage is

Laurie Lauzon Clabo, Dean School of Nursing

Gregory L. Lof, Chair Communication Sciences and Disorders

Leslie G. Portney, Interim Dean School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Chair, Physical Therapy

Richard Terrass, Director Medical Imaging

Innovations Seminar Launches New Focus on Teaching Excellence Knowing the real purpose of something—whether it’s a milkshake or an education—was the basis of a talk Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, DBA, presented at the MGH Institute’s inaugural 2011 Innovations Seminar in October. Dr. Christensen, who was the three-day seminar’s keynote speaker, presented his theory of Disruptive Innovation to more than 40 seminar participants, and Institute faculty and staff, on September 19. He focused on several examples that reinforce his research-based view that can lead to solving problems within a variety of industries. In 2008 the internationally renowned author published Disruptive Class, which suggested ways to fix K-12 Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, center, flanked by MGH Institute Assistant education in the United States. A year Professor Deborah Navedo, left, and Harvard Macy Institute Director Elizabeth Armstrong. later, he released The Innovators MGH Institute; and by Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, Prescription, which sparked a discussion within the Director of the Harvard Macy Institute and Clinical health care world for its proposals to improve the Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. delivery of health care. The Innovations Seminar was organized by Deborah Navedo, PhD, CPNT, CNE, Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program in the MGH Institute’s Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation (CIPSI), and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the expected to reach 20% nationally, and grow to 29% by 2020. Demand for physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists is strong, with employers reporting vacancies as high as 20% nationally, and likely will continue to grow as the population ages and chronic conditions requiring rehabilitation become more prevalent. We fully anticipate continued strong demand for the Institute’s programs. Given workforce projections and the growing needs of the population for access to high-quality, affordable health care, the Institute has a special role to play in educating practitioners,

The Innovations Seminar was the first in a series of health professions education courses that are designed to complement and build upon previous course work with the Harvard Macy Institute and the MGH Institute Teaching and Learning Certificate program.

leaders, and researchers who can help address projected workforce shortages in our disciplines. A related challenge we face is to grow the diversity of our student population to more closely approximate the diversity of those for whom they will care. To this end, we have enhanced our student recruitment efforts and expanded scholarships and other sources of financial aid for students in need. Our goal is to make an Institute education available and affordable to academically talented students who will enrich the diversity of our student body, which in turn enhances academic excellence by

enriching the quality of learning experiences for all students. We continue to explore ways to increase the availability of financial aid through institutional resources as well as growth in philanthropic support. I welcome your ideas, questions, and suggestions. And please stay in touch with us and your fellow alumni through our Alumni Affairs Web page (, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

President and John Hilton Knowles Professor

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School of Nursing Dean Named Executive Nurse Fellow Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, Dean of the School of Nursing, has been named one of just 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011. Dr. Lauzon Clabo joins a select group of senior nurse executives from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States health care system. “The Executive Nurse Fellows program has a reputation as the nation’s flagship nurse executive development experience,” said Dr. Lauzon Clabo. “I’ve known program fellows over the years and always been impressed with their ability to be effective spokespeople and to lead and guide others. I know I will be a better dean and leader because of my participation in the Executive Nurse Fellows program, as well as a more effective voice for the issues I care about.” Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental and policy organizations.

Dr. Lauzon Clabo serves on the inaugural Board of Trustees for CharterCARE Health Partners of Rhode Island, a two-hospital system in Providence, and is a member of the Quality Oversight Committee of the Board. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing. Also named as a 2011 Executive Laurie Lauzon Clabo, Nurse Fellow was MGH PhD, RN, Dean of the Institute Trustee Angelleen School of Nursing. Peters-Lewis, PhD, RN, Executive Director, Women’s and Newborns’ Nursing and Clinical Services, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

A Congressional Visit

Dr. Lauzon Clabo plans to focus on the importance of interprofessional education in the development of an effective health professions workforce for the 21st century. “Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we know that Laurie Lauzon Clabo and the other members of this new cohort will join them in doing great things,” said Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the Executive Nurse Fellows program. Dr. Lauzon Clabo is also a faculty nurse scientist at the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2005, she was named a fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, and she was recognized as the Rhode Island Academic Nurse Educator of the Year by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.

ALONG THE WATERFRONT n Five faculty members were approved for promotion

for the 2011-2012 academic year by the Board of Trustees: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP; Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor James Heaton, PhD; Department of Physical Therapy Associate Professor K. Douglas Gross, ScD, MPT, FAAOMPT;

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U. S. Representative Michael Capuano, D-Somerville, made his first visit to the Institute over the summer, talking with school officials and meeting area clients such as Joan Mahoney who receive pro-bono services in the graduate school’s Speech, Language and Literacy Center, and the Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion.

Department of Physical Therapy Associate Professor Elise Townsend, PhD, DPT, PCS; and School of Nursing Associate Professor Lynda Tyer-Viola, PhD, RNC. n Ten faculty members were awarded $5,000

teaching fellowships through the Institute’s Change Your Course Teaching Fellowship competition, for proposing to make innovative improvements in courses: School of Nursing Assistant Professor Jeanne Cartier, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, and School of Nursing and Center

Annual “Baby Day” Becomes a True Interprofessional Experience The sounds of cooing infants and rambunctious toddlers filled the hallways of the MGH Institute on September 23 during the graduate school’s annual Interprofessional Infant Development Day session. Although students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Nursing programs have participated in this session for many years, students in the Master of Science in SpeechLanguage Pathology joined this year to create a true multi-disciplinary experience. “It’s great to have students from all three programs,” said Department of Physical Therapy Clinical Assistant Professor Laura Busick, PhD, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, taking Lenore Herget, a 2009 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, brought twins Cole and time from explaining nuances of Dylan to the annual Baby Day. the childrens’ motor skills to more than 50 students. “To provide the most comprehensive patient care, health care professionals need to know what their peers in other disciplines look for and how to work together.” “Baby Day,” as it is more commonly known on campus, is a well-anticipated yearly event at the IHP. Alumni like Lenore Herget ’09, who arrived with twins Cole and Dylan in tow, regularly return with their children to provide a new generation of health care students the same experience they had during their days at the Institute. The children’s ages generally range from four months to four years. Other Physical Therapy alumna who participated included: Jason Beal ’08, Hilary Kocoloski ’07, Sarah Lieberman ’07, Heather Mango ’04, and Katie Levine Wadland ’08. The students focused on different things depending upon their respective majors. Physical therapy students looked for such things as motor skills and weight shifting, while students in speech-language pathology concentrated on how the babies reacted to questions and other verbal skills. For the nurse practitioner students, it was observing what the PT and SLP students paid attention to so they would have a better sense of when it would be appropriate to refer a child to a specialist. First-year speech-language pathology students Katie Saunders and Christina Lasala could not suppress steady smiles as they watched the children parade about on the floor mats. “We watched videos of this during a class over the summer, but it’s not the same as observing real kids,” said Saunders. Added Lasala, “This is a great experience.”

for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, Associate Professor Lena Sorensen, PhD, RN; Department of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Douglas Haladay, DPT, MHS, OCS, CSCS, and Clinical Assistant Professor Laura Busick, PT, DPT, MS, NCS ; Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP; School of Nursing Assistant Professor Margaret Mahoney, PhD, MS,

RN; School of Nursing Clinical Associate Professor Patricia A. Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, and Department of Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor Kelly Macauley, PT, DPT, GCS, CCS; School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Antonia Makosky, MSN, MPH, ANP-BC; and School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Eleonor Pusey-Reid, RN, DNP, MS, MEd, CCRN.

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Hillman Receives Most Fulbright Fellow to Work in India Prestigious Award from ASHA School of Nursing Associate Professor Elissa Ladd, Robert E. Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Provost for Research and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Institute’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association award during ASHA’s annual meeting in November.

PhD, APRN-BC, ANP/FNP, is the only nurse scholar to receive one of the 69 prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships awarded for India for the academic year of 2011-2012. Starting in January 2012, she will spend six months teaching at Manipal University College of Nursing in southwestern India, which is affiliated with Manipal University School of Medicine.

Robert Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP.

The Honors, ASHA’s most prestigious award, is given to only a few members each year to recognize their work that has “changed the course of their profession.” “We are proud that Dr. Hillman is being recognized for his contribution to research and education, for his leadership in the subspecialty of voice disorders, and his commitment to mentoring,” said Provost and Academic Vice President Alex P. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP. Dr. Hillman is Co-Director and Research Director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (Surgery) and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology). A renowned leader in the area of voice disorders and laryngeal rehabilitation in the United States and internationally, he has had sustained research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984. Dr. Hillman joins Professor Howard Shane, PhD, CCCSLP, as the second member of the IHP faculty to receive the Honors of ASHA award.

ALONG THE WATERFRONT n Four faculty in the School of Nursing—Clinical

Assistant Professor Catherine Franklin, MSN, RN, FNPBC, Associate Professor Janice Goodman, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Professor Janice Bell Meisenhelder, DNSc, RN, and Clinical Associate Professor Nancy Terres, PhD, RN, BC—were nominated in the 2011 Boston Globe Salute to Nurses section published last May.

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The award was granted by the U.S. Department of State/Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

Elissa Ladd, PhD, APRN-BC, ANP/FNP.

Dr. Ladd will teach in several courses including Advanced Practice Nursing and Research and will mentor faculty in their doctoral programs of research. Her area of research is in pharmaceutical policy, evidencebased prescribing, and prescribing behaviors of advanced practice nurses. She will conduct a preliminary pilot study of Indian nurses’ awareness of the World Health Organization (WHO) Rational Use of Medicines Program. “People are not taking their medicines consistently which is a problem that permeates citizens in both developed and emerging nations,” said Dr. Ladd, who has taught pharmacology at the IHP since 2004. “It’s often a cultural issue, and it’s very complicated.” She hopes to present clinical case scenarios to her students back at the Institute via Skype, which will give them a better understanding of the differences between Western and South Asian health care practices. Dr. Ladd is the second MGH Institute faculty to win a Fulbright; fellow nursing school Professor Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, MPH, RN, ANP, FAAN, travelled to Germany during 2003-2004, and again to South Africa in 2007. n Diane Mahoney, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN

and Jacque Mohr Professor of Geriatric Nursing Research in the School of Nursing, was recently honored by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses as the 2011 Researcher of the Year. Dr. Mahoney also received a plaque for her “Outstanding Service and Support to the National Institute on Aging’s Summer Institute on Aging Research.”

Teaching Partnership Created With Merrimack College The Institute has entered collaboration with Merrimack College in which students will attend classes at both schools in pursuit of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Teacher Leadership. It is the second joint program the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has created in as many years. In 2010, the school partnered with Regis College in Weston to develop a program in which students would receive from Regis a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in reading. “This program combines Merrimack’s strength in programs that link theory, practice and excellence with impact with the MGH Institute’s strong clinical model of diagnosis of reading and language disabilities,” said Theresa Kirk, EdD, Chair of Graduate Education at Merrimack College. Students will take reading courses, including a clinicbased practicum at the Institute along with a supervised school-based practicum. All teacher leadership courses will be taken at Merrimack College, which will administer the CAGS program and issue the Certificate. Graduates also will be prepared to become a licensed Reading Specialist.

From Pilates to Physical Therapy Little did Dan McCook know that more than 20 years of karate and Pilates training would eventually lead him to become a student at the MGH Institute. McCook, a second-year student in the Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is combining the nuance of the martial arts with the science of the human body. 2nd year DPT student Dan McCook. “I’ve experienced how a functioning body is important to our ability to find joy and personal expression through movement,” said the Marlboro, Mass., native. “A profession that enables me to help others continue to function is very meaningful to me.” He also is using the communication skills he learned as an English major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It is being able to relay pertinent information to clients that brings together his personal interests and career aspirations. “I like the one-on-one aspect of physical therapy, of interacting with a patient and finding the right course of action for them,” McCook explained. “Helping them problem solve is very satisfying.”

The program complements the credentials of classroom teachers, special educators, speech-language pathologists, administrators, psychologists, and private tutors. Upon completion, graduates can apply research and theory to create deliberate change and improvement at the classroom, school, and district level.

Working with clients who needed rehabilitation after surgery, McCook consulted often with former faculty Daniel Dyrek ’03, DPT, MS, owner of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Services, Inc. Dr. Dyrek recommended McCook should consider the IHP if he was serious about entering the profession.

“Teachers who complete this program will be passionate about success and determined to make a difference in the lives of their students,” remarked Richard Santeusanio, EdD, Director of the reading licensure program.

Now halfway through the nationally ranked 3 ½ year program, McCook said he finds the workload demanding and challenging. And that’s the way he prefers it to be. “I’m just trying to find the right balance between my school work and having even a little of a social life,” he said with a laugh. “But I’m enjoying it very much.”

n Three faculty won $10,000 awards for the 2011-2012

n School of Nursing Professor Inge Corless, PhD,

Faculty Research Fellowships: Department of Physical Therapy Clinical Associate Professor Tracy Brudvig, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS; and Department of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor D.J. Mattson, DPT, EdD, SCS, for the Research Faculty Fellowships; and School of Nursing Assistant Professor Jeanne Cartier, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, for the Geriatric Research Faculty Fellowship.

RN, FAAN, has been inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Corless was one of 15 nurses inducted into the Hall during a ceremony in July.

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A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words The Aphasia Center Photography Group held a show over the summer entitled, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Photography as Communication for People with Aphasia.” Eight clients, all of whom are recovering from aphasia—a language difficulty that can be exhibited after a stroke—attended a photography workshop for several weeks this summer, according to Elizabeth Bihn, the second-year speech-language pathology student who organized the workshop and show. “Photography historically has been used as a non-verbal method to record and CSD student Elizabeth Bihn, who organized the Aphasia Group photography exhibit, disseminate information,” said Bihn, noting with photographer Richy Arsenault. that working a camera involves fine motor skills “Elizabeth effectively taught photography to clients who, that also helps clients with their physical rehabilitation. because of their communication difficulty, may not have “Therefore, I saw photography as an effective alternative had the opportunity to be exposed to this art medium,” to verbal communication.” said Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders “Before my stroke, I never took photos,” said Richy Arsenault of Malden, who was the first client to be assisted in the Aphasia Center more than 10 years ago. His favorite composition is that of a rhubarb plant in his neighbor’s yard, a close-up shot that includes photographic elements of distinctive lines and shape. “I plan to keep taking photos because I like it.”

Clinical Instructor Eileen Hunsaker, MS, CCC-SLP, who coordinates the Aphasia Center. “This fantastic show is a result of her efforts and the clients’ talents.” Added Provost and Academic Vice President Alex F. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, “This is one of the most exciting community-oriented activities that has been done at the Institute.”

Interprofessional Center ...continued from page 1 • Creating an incubator for innovative ideas and entrepreneurial activity, • Fostering a spirit of creativity and innovation, and • Offering cross-disciplinary courses in curricular areas

such as informatics, ethics, teaching and learning, health care simulation, research, and statistics. “It is clear that the future of health care depends upon creating teams of health care professionals to provide more comprehensive patient care,” said Dr. Harris.

ALONG THE WATERFRONT n School of Nursing Clinical Instructor Sharon

Sullivan, MS, RN, is now a Certified Nurse Educator after she completed the requirements of the National League of Nursing. She was mentored by Deborah Navedo, PhD, CPNP, CNE, who is the only other faculty member to be so designated.

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“The Center provides the bridge to coordinate efforts across all of our disciplines and create innovative curricula.” The Institute’s various certificate and non-degree offer­ ings, such as Prerequisites for the Health Professions that are now available to any student, now operate within the Center. Several new degrees that are in the process of being approved—including a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Master of Science in Health Professions Education—also will become part of the Center. n The IHP chapter of the National Student

Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) has been awarded NSSLHA Silver Chapter Recognition for several events in which its members have participated during the past year. The chapter was recognized in November at the annual 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Conference.

Dr. Terry Michel Reflects On Her Time at the Institute Department of Physical Therapy Clinical Professor Terry Michel, DPT, DSc, CCS, taught long enough at the MGH Institute to see it return to its roots as an institution that champions interprofessional education. “That was [former Massachusetts General Hospital Director and Institute founder] John Hilton Knowles’ original vision for the Institute,” recalls Dr. Michel, who retired in June after 31 years of delivering expert learning to students in the postprofessional physical therapy program. “He and [first academic leader and MGH Institute co-founder] Nancy Watts believed in the importance of a graduate education in many health care disciplines, wherein an interdisciplinary understanding could create more effective teamwork and more comprehensive patient care.”

Dr. Terry Michel was recognized by CSD Associate Chair Dr. Marjorie Nicholas along with the rest of the faculty and graduates at Commencement 2011.

The Institute was located at Massachusetts General Hospital in the early days, where faculty and students teamed with the hospital’s medical and health care staff. They were pioneers, part of a unique academic model that had not been attempted before—and something the Boston higher education community anxiously awaited to see how it would work. Even with the hospital’s support, no one really knew if a school that combined several health care disciplines with an emphasis on clinical education would be successful. No matter. For Dr. Michel, the lure was too great to pass up so she signed on as one of the first faculty hired when the Institute opened its doors to students in 1980. Her passion for interprofessional education has never waned, as she taught courses such as Management of Pain, and Clinical Applications of Exercise Physiology during a career in which the school moved several times before finding a permanent home in the Charlestown Navy Yard in 2001. While the Institute over time had curtailed its original interprofessional focus to meet strict requirements for programs to gain and maintain accreditation, she cited the 2011 creation of the Center for Interprofessional n Department of Communication Sciences and Disor-

ders Chair and Professor Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, was recognized by Minnesota State University Moorhead in September 2011 with a Distinguished Alumni award for his professional achievements. n Department of Physical Therapy Manager

Anthony Miceli was recognized with the Institute’s Employee of the Year Award. Miceli recently became

Studies and Innovation as an opportunity for the school to return to its historical roots. “She always went the extra mile to help students and held them all accountable to a high standard of excellence,” noted colleague and former student BA Harris ’83, who is the Interim Director of the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation. “I could always count on her to step up to do whatever was most needed in her quiet competent way.” As the Institute’s newest Faculty Emerita, Dr. Michel plans to remain connected by creating an interprofessional global health initiative. She envisions it becoming a new way in which students will receive clinical education during structured three-week travel assignments while gaining the cultural intelligence needed to serve today’s diverse client population. “We need to compare and contrast with other cultures so we can see what works in other countries that will help restructure how we provide health care in the United States,” she explains. “But I believe we can be as imaginative and creative as when the Institute was created, and we can begin a new chapter of creating globally involved and astute health care providers capable of effective collaboration, and sensitive to cultural values.” the Assistant Director of Admissions in the Office of Student Affairs. n The Physical Therapy Club received Honorable

Mention in the Pittsburgh–Marquette volleyball Challenge for raising $3,239.38. Students, faculty, and alumni participated in the spring event that raises money to benefit physical therapy research.

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Three Alumni Receive Awards at Commencement Bette Ann Harris ’83 Distinguished Alumni Award Sara Dolan Looby PhD, NS ’00 has been at the forefront of national nursing care for women living with HIV. Since earning her Master of Science in Nursing from the Institute, Dr. Looby has been a nurse practitioner on the nutritional metabolism and neuroendocrine unit of Massachusetts General Hospital. Under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Grinspoon, she helped design, implement and manage four separate clinical trials investigating the metabolic complications of HIV among women. She has published 23 papers and served as first author on nine publications. Notably, two of her publications were among the first ever to report reduced bone density among women with HIV.

Sara Dolan Looby NS ’00, right, with President Janis Bellack.

In 2008, Dr. Looby received her PhD in nursing from Boston College, where she also received the Distinguished Dissertation Award. The recipient of numerous honors, prizes, and grants over the past nine years, she has been an invited speaker at National Institutes of Health workshops, and was recently awarded an NIH career development research grant. “She’s clearly the single best nurse practitioner we’ve had and possibly the best clinician researcher in our program’s history,” said Dr. Grinspoon in his nomination letter. “She is a compassionate and ethical person. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Emerging Leader Alumni Award Theresa McDonnell NS ’05 was so successful advocating ways to make the oncology floor Ellison 14 at Massachusetts General Hospital more efficient and collaborative that she was hired to do just that as an inpatient nurse practitioner. McDonnell is director of nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Theresa McDonnell NS ’05. Yawkey Outpatient Clinic, where she leads a staff of 84 nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and technical assistants. She also works at the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers as an acute care nurse practitioner, and is the director of the weekend NP on-call program. According to her nomination letter from a classmate and colleague, “Terry truly knows her patients, cares deeply about them and can be as fierce as a mother tiger when it comes to their advocacy. From creating her own ideal NP job while still an RN, to becoming a role model in practice as an inpatient NP, to taking the reins of a world-renowned cancer treatment center, she makes me so incredibly proud to say ‘we graduated from the IHP together.’ ” 10  The Graduate  n   Fall 2011

Alumni Service Award Raymond Siegelman PT ’03 has been a strong supporter of the Institute since graduating from the post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has served on and chaired the Institute’s Alumni Board, as well as served on the Scholarship Gala Planning Committee in 2007 and 2008. He also was an Alumni Class Liaison for the Raymond Siegelman PT ’03. Department of Physical Therapy’s 30th Anniversary Weekend in October 2010. As his nominator stated, “When we need assistance with any activities, Ray is always the first to be there.” Dr. Siegelman has been president of International Educational Resources, a leading company nationally in preparing physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapy assistants for their licensure or certification exam, since its founding in 1988. He also served as executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) from 1982-1987, and has held positions of Chief Delegate, Delegate, and Chair of the Eastern District’s chapter.

For 2011 Watts Award Recipient, Making Biostatistics Interesting It’s not every faculty member who can turn a subject like biostatistics into one in which students are eager to learn. But that’s what Professor Anthony Guarino, PhD, of the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation has accomplished during his two years at the MGH Institute. It’s for this and other accomplishments such as serving as a consultant to many faculty and student projects, and his strong commitment to interprofessional collaboration, that he was awarded the 2011 Nancy T. Watts Teaching Award—the highest prize given to a faculty member. A plethora of enthusiastic endorsement letters from students and faculty in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, and the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation supported Dr. Guarino’s nomination. The letters cited the qualities outlined in the award criteria: creativity in teaching, a mentor to students and faculty alike, responsive to the individual learning needs of students, and recognition and respect by professional colleagues. A Doctor of Nursing Practice student described Dr. Guarino this way:

“He is always available to answer questions, has a quick wit, is fiercely committed to students, and has an uncanny way of making everyone feel they can succeed.” A second recommendation, from a faculty colleague, cites that 2011 Watts Award recipient Dr. Anthony Guarino, right, with Provost Dr. Alex Dr. Guarino “is a Johnson. treasured mentor to many of our faculty, an outstanding teacher and always willing to meet individually with students and faculty. He is exceedingly funny and entertaining while teaching one of the topics most dreaded by students … and has that rare gift that only the most outstanding teachers possess: to walk into a lecture or engage in the online environment, ascertain what students need, and adjust material to their level without missing a beat.”

Largest Class in 34-Year History Graduates...continued from page 1 “The MGH Institute of Health Professions typifies what it takes to keep ‘care’ in health care,” Dr. Nivet told the graduates. “It is your humanism and compassion that has driven you to the noblest of professions—the healing professions.” He stressed several things the graduates must focus on, including teamwork, providing culturally competent care, and becoming a health care leader. While each one of the new alumni has his or her own story as to why they decided to enter the health sciences, they share a desire to embark on a new or enhanced career in which they can make a difference in the lives of not only their patients—but also themselves. The following five new graduates typify the kinds of professional backgrounds from which they come: • Master of Science in Nursing major Melissa Bolman, who followed in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and two aunts to become a nurse; • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology major Marisa Buckley, a former musician for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; • Post-baccalaureate certificate in Medical Imaging major Stephen Galgay, a small business owner who previously served in the United States Navy;

Mark Nivet, EdD, addressing the crowd at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing major Leah Glushien, who has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice; and • Doctor of Physical Therapy major Clifford Smith, who worked for several years as an airline attendant. “You now possess the unique professional skills and have developed the values and personal qualities that will carry you through a lifetime commitment to do your personal and professional best to improve health and health care for all,” President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, said during her remarks. “We have great hopes for you and the impact you will make on the future.” Fall 2011   n   The Graduate  11

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Communication Sciences and Disorders Jeffrey Anderson ’93 was appointed

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He writes that his career “facilitating multidisciplinary research projects was enhanced by the rich training experiences he received as a member of the initial CSD class.”

Physical Therapy Linda Steiner ‘91 presented “The Benefits of Exercise in Managing Your Arthritis” to the Malden Council on Aging in January 2011.


Ghazinouri ‘99 co-presented “Redesigning Total Knee Arthroplasty Care—Improving Outcomes and Patient Value” as the topic of this May’s Quality Rounds at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Aimee Klein ‘02 presented “What Do You Value?” at the White Coat Ceremony of the Northeastern University Physical Therapy Program last April. Klein, who is Coordinator, Clinical Residency in Orthopedic PT, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the IHP, also was appointed a member of the Credential Services Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association, a sub-committee of the American Board of PT Residency and Fellow Education. Robert Dorman ‘03 was appointed Chair

of the Research and Education Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts in January 2011.

James Zachazewski ‘03 was among those recognized with the 2010 Good Neighbor Award for Community Service by the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce in Foxborough in January 2011 Amee Seitz ’04, ’06 and Reg Wilcox ’04, ’05 each spoke in the summer of 2011

at a CEU course at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas/ Proaxis Physical Therapy in Greenville, SC, presented by the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET).

Elise Townsend ‘06 presented “Powered Standing Mobility in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy” at the 27th International Seating Symposium of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in Nashville in March 2011.

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Holistic Certificate Program Created The Institute this fall launched a holistic and integrated mind body spirit certificate program in conjunction with the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Designed according to the standards of practice of the American Holistic Nurse Association (AHNA), the 9-credit Certificate of Completion in Mind Body Spirit Nursing for Bachelor’s-prepared Registered Nurses, and the 15-credit Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study for Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists, provide an innovative blend of course work and clinical experience.

our students will have an easier application process if they choose to apply for national certification as a holistic nurse.” Other School of Nursing faculty who worked on the program’s creation were Clinical Instructor Susan Jussaume, MS, APRN, FNPBC, AHN-BC; and Clinical Instructor Mertie L. Potter, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. The Benson-Henry Institute will serve as one of the primary sites for clinical practica. In addition, students will participate in a wide range of research projects.

“The programs’ curriculum is grounded in scientific theory and evidence-based interventions and is reflective of holistic nursing, with healing the whole person as its goal,” said MGH Institute School of Nursing Associate Professor Janice Goodman, PhD, ( L-R): Kathleen Miller, MGH Community Health Associates, RN, PMHCNS-BC, the Revere; Janice Goodman, IHP; Susan Jussaume, IHP; and program’s coordinator. Margaret Baim, Benson-Henry Institute, were among the nurses “It emphasizes practices who collaborated to create the Mind Body Spirit program. of intentionality, presence, and mindfulness to facilitate “For centuries, mind/body interhealing in others, and draws on ventions have improved people’s nursing knowledge, theories, health,” said Benson-Henry Institute research, intuition, and creativity.” Director Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, who is also Associate Chief of Nurses who complete the program, Psychiatry at Massachusetts General which also focuses on nurse selfHospital. “This is a wonderful care and personal development, will opportunity to partner with the be eligible to sit for national certiMGH Institute to offer nurses a fication by the American Holistic way to enhance patient care.” Nurses’ Certification Corporation (AHNCC), which has formally Explore the Mind Body Spirit endorsed the program. program by enrolling this spring “This is a valuable endorsement in “Principles of Mind Body Spirit which recognizes us as a school of Health and Healing.” The class nursing that provides an academic starts January 9, 2012. Visit www. holistic nursing program,” said Dr. for Goodman. “As an endorsed school, more information.

CSD Faculty Aims to Create Bilingual Course Model

Nicole Tomasino ’06, Tara Orton ’06 were among a group of sport therapists from Spaulding Framingham who gave a free golf clinic in March 2011. Geoff Trivino ’07 presented an interac-

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Charles Haynes, EdD, CCCSLP, is aiming to create an online bilingualism and bi-literacy course that can become a model for communication sciences and disorders programs across the United States. Dr. Haynes will use a $15,000 grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to develop, pilot, and disseminate the prototype.

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tive lecture to swimmers at the Marblehead YMCA in March 2011 about understanding and preventing common injuries of the rotator cuff, knee, and hip.

Professor Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP.

“There have been rapid demographic shifts across the country that are resulting in increasingly multilingual populations,” said Dr. Haynes. “Several bilingual training programs have been developed, but these do not include a comprehensive approach to spoken-written language relationships.” Because the MGH Institute is a national leader in preparing graduate students who qualify for teacher certification in both speech-language and reading, he said the coursework is well suited to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Beth Grill ‘10 was awarded the tenth annual Shelby Cullom Davis Award for Caregiving Excellence at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. She works at the Spaulding Framingham Outpatient Center. Dennis Ponte ’10 co-authored the article “Flexible Fitness: A routine to keep you running” in the May 17, 2011 edition of the Milford (MA) Daily News.

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“Bi- and multi-lingual neurogenic populations have an array of complex disorders of both spoken and written language,” noted Dr. Haynes, who was inducted into the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor in 2009. “I hope this training module will be used by other ASHA graduate programs to address this growing need.”

Constance Dahlin ’89 co-presented “Outpatient Palliative Care: Why it’s Important and How to Build it at Your Institution,” last February at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in Vancouver, BC.

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Alicia Curtin ‘90 received the Nightingale Community Service Nurse Award from the Rhode Island State Nurses Association and RI Nurses Institute at the second annual Nightingale in April 2011.

well as lounge and study areas that students from nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology will share. The active learning classroom eschews the traditional lecture room layout. Students will gather around six-seat stations to collaborate on real or simulated case studies and apply their knowledge to patient scenarios. Each station has a 42-inch monitor where information can be shared with the group or with the entire class. “One of the requests from faculty was the ability to use video technology to display and capture faculty presentations and student practicum exams,” said Chief Information Officer Denis Stratford. He said the new physical therapy labs will have six digital cameras so students can review their work.

“Students will be thinking and working together as members of a team,” said School of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN. “This cutting-edge approach to health professions education will better prepare students to function as members of an interprofessional team in the clinical setting.” The new space at 2CC, as it will be known, will allow the creation of several new classrooms in vacated space in Building 36, also known as the Catherine Filene Shouse Building. In 2008, the Institute added 18,000 square feet as administration offices moved into Building 34 and the Office of Student Affairs moved down the street into Building 39. With this new expansion, the Institute will now occupy more than 100,000 square feet.

Jennifer Repper-Delisi ‘90 serves as the

coach/advisor for “The Restraint Usage SubCommittee” as part of Mass General Hospital’s collaborative governance team that assists with the Patient Care Services and the MGH culture.

Karen Pickell ‘91 and Jennifer Orcutt ‘07 were among six nurse practitioners who

presented “An Innovative Role for Nurse Practitioners to Facilitate Patient Throughput” at the Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference in Newton in May 2011.

Virginia Capasso ‘94 became certified as

a wound specialist by the American Academy of Wound Management in May, 2011. She also presented “Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers” at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in April 2011.

Henry S. Weinberger ’95 was nominated in the 2011 Boston Globe “Salute to Nurses” section for his work at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

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co-presented “Exploring the Use of a Standardized Approach to a Documentation and Communication Model to Promote High Quality Continuity Care” at the European Conference of the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes, in Madeira, Portugal, in March 2011.

Denise Landrigan ’96 was nominated in the 2011 Boston Globe “Salute to Nurses” section for her work at Cambridge Health Alliance. Mary Lou Moore ‘96 is now Associate

Chief Nurse for the Cardiovascular, Thoracic, Urology, Plastics and Tower Pavilion at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital.

Carol Tyksienski ‘96 presented her post-

er, “Patient Safety and Hemodialysis Catheters: Avoiding Medical Errors,” at the 42nd National Symposium of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association in March 2011.

Gail Barlow Gall ‘97 presented “Access to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening by Black Women in the Boston REACH 2010 Women’s Health Demonstration Project” at the 23rd annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Philadelphia in March 2011. Mary Miller ’97 was nominated in the 2011

Boston Globe “Salute to Nurses” section for her work at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.

Charae Spuler ’99 was part of a team at

Families First Health and Support Center, Portsmouth, NH, recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Physician Practice Connections – PatientCentered Medical Home.

Jean Treacy ‘99, Erin Barry ‘07, and Eileen Comeau ‘03 were among 11 nurse

practitioners that presented “Acute Care of Oncology Patients in an Inpatient Oncology Nurse Practitioner Unit” at the 36th congress of the Oncology Nursing Society in April 2011.

Karen Flynn ’01 was nominated in the 2011 Boston Globe “Salute to Nurses” section published in May 2011. Karen M. Flaherty ‘02 was recognized recently with an Employee Service Award for her 35 years of service at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Lin-Ti Chang ‘03 presented “Lessons in

Medical Disaster Response Learned from the Haiti Earthquake” at a meeting of the Nurses Driving Access, Quality and Health, International Council of Nurses in Malta. She also presented the MGH International Trauma and Disaster Institute’s “Advanced Disaster Medical Response” course at the Hong Kong Association for Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine in Hong Kong in January 2011.

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Researching Ways to Differentiate Delirium from Alzheimer’s Disease Assistant Professor Deborah Rosenbloom-Brunton, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNPBC, has seen health care workers misdiagnose and overlook delirium in older adult patients far too often. Now she has the chance to help solve that problem. Dr. Rosenbloom-Brunton, who is coordinator of the Acute Care Specialty in the School of Nursing has been awarded a two-year, $125,000 postdoctoral grant from the Claire M. Fagin Fellowship through the American Academy of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Foundation. It was one of just seven grants awarded by the Foundation in 2011. “When an older adult becomes confused during a hospital stay, doctors and nurses often think a patient has Alzheimer’s dementia when in fact it’s delirium which is reversible,” explained the 2003 Master of Science in Nursing graduate. Dr. Deborah Rosenbloom-Brunton discussed her research at the “Family members Massachusetts General Hospital Nursing Grand Rounds in October 2011. frequently don’t understand the difference in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for the two situations, so there can be serious long-term consequences of making this mistake.” In her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner who is dual certified as a gerontological and acute care nurse practitioner, Dr. Rosenbloom-Brunton continues to see delirium in older hospitalized adults overlooked or misdiagnosed, especially following surgery. After being awarded in 2008 the Institute’s annual Geriatric Nursing Fellowship and the Sigma Theta Tau Small Research Grant, both of which she used to begin looking at this under-researched issue, she continued her research trajectory while earning her PhD in 2009 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Rosenbloom-Brunton will use much of the Hartford Foundation grant to study the effects of an intervention in which nurses and family caregivers work in partnership on delirium preventive interventions. “Forty-four million Americans provide unpaid assistance and support to older adults living in the community,” she notes, “yet, most family caregivers are ill prepared for their role and have little or no support, placing them at risk for physical and mental health problems; thus it is of the utmost importance that we empower the caregivers to play an active role in the older adult’s care.”

New Offices of Development, Communications & Marketing Created The Office of Institutional Advancement has been divided into two new offices: the Office of Development and the Office of Communications and Marketing. “Creating a new Office of Development will allow the Institute to do a more comprehensive job of engaging our alumni as well as raising much needed funds for future expansion and additional student scholarships,” said President Janis Bellack. “This will enable the new Office of Communications and Marketing to focus on raising the visibility of the Institute throughout the region and beyond, as well as recruiting qualified students who will become health care leaders upon graduation.”

Todd Hultman ‘04 was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association for 2011 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also presented “The Role of Nursing in Palliative Care” at the National Palliative Care Summit at Jefferson University in Philadelphia last March. Adrienne O’Connell ’05 joined Newton Wellesley Hospital Women’s Health Associates in 2011 as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Tara Catanzano ‘07 was nominated for

the tenth annual Shelby Cullom Davis Award for Caregiving Excellence at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in June 2011.

Ursula Kelly ‘07 won the Atlanta Business

Chronicle’s 2011 Health-Care Heroes Award for Allied Health, for her work with female veterans.

Stephanie Ahmed ‘08 was named DirecChief Development Officer Harriet Kornfeld.

Harriet Kornfeld is the new Chief Development Officer. She most recently was Director of Development at Boston University Medical School, where she helped raise more than $15 million. Previously, she was the school’s Director of Leadership Gifts. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of Major Gifts for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, DC, and Director of Development for the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She also has substantial leadership experience in strategic planning for development, communications strategies, engaging boards, and planning fundraising events.

tor for Ambulatory Nursing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in April 2011.

Lisa Colombo ’09 was a co-author of a podium presentation “Leveraging Lean/Engineering Tools to Engage Staff in ED Flow” that was accepted for this past summer’s Industrial Engineers Annual Conference. She is Corporate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster MA. Andrea Thurler ‘09 was awarded the

Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Award for co-authoring “Examination of the Incidence and Prevalence of Constipation Among Hospitalized Older Adults.”

Amanda Darling ‘10 was nominated for the 2011 Marlene Scribner Spirit Award at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to honor her “spirit of caring, compassion and dedication to the profession of nursing” that her peers thought she embodied.

Paul Murphy is the new Director of Communications and Marketing. He was promoted from being Marketing & Recruitment Manager in the Office of Student Affairs, where he had been since 2009.

Daisy Goodman ’10 presented “Buprenorphine Therapy for Opioid Dependence During Pregnancy” at the 56th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American College of Nurse Midwives in San Antonio, TX in May 2011. She is a Board Certified Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner at Franklin Health Women’s Care, Farmington, ME.

Before joining the Institute, he served as Marketing Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also has held marketing and communication positions with Prentice Hall Publishing, the Boston Living Center, and AddisonWesley Publishing. In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership and oversee planning, design, and execution of communications, marketing, public relations, and branding strategies.

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Michele B. Szymanczyk ’10 was nominated in the 2011 Boston Globe “Salute to Nurses” section published in May 2011. Director of Communications and Marketing Paul Murphy.

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