Three Boston Children’s Hospital Clinicians Named “Champions in Health Care” by The Boston Business Journal
Honored for Community Outreach, Innovation and Nursing
August 23, 2012
Boston, Mass.—The Boston Business Journal has named three Boston Children’s Hospital employees “Champions in Health Care” for their efforts around community outreach, innovation and nursing, and was honored for their contributions at a breakfast event today at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.
The Champions in Health Care awards are given annually by the publication and recognize leading health care professionals in seven categories including: administrator; community outreach; employer; innovator; lifetime achievement; nurse; and physician. The 2012 awards honor 14 individuals and two employers from Boston’s health care sector.
Elizabeth Woods, MD, MPH, was honored by The Boston Business Journal for her team’s community outreach efforts. As director of Boston Children’s Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), Woods and her team work to improve the quality of life and health of Boston children and families living with asthma. A comprehensive and community-oriented program, CAI provides case-management and home visits, offers education to caregivers, teachers, coaches, community agencies and providers, distributes asthma control supplies, connects families to resources, and increases access through advocacy.
As Boston Children’s co-director of the Center for Robotic Surgery, Hiep Nguyen, MD, associate in Urology, was recognized for his innovative efforts to combine optimal surgical precisions with minimally invasive approaches. He and his team have developed an implantable dialysis unit that functions as an “artificial kidney” with the benefits of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and are leading a pilot project that sends portable medical robots home with patients afterurologic surgery, allowing clinicians to provide follow-up care while the patient heals at home.
Jean Connor DNSc, RN, CPNP, was acknowledged for her dedication and commitment to nursing. As director of nursing research in Boston Children’s Cardiovascular program, Connor's work explores how children's hospitals across the country measure the quality of care provided by pediatric cardiovascular nurses. Connor’s research is valuable in paving the way for identifying key performance indicators specific to pediatric nursing and recognizing the importance of nursing care delivery as a way of improving quality and reducing costs.
“It is my privilege to congratulate Elizabeth, Hiep and Jean for receiving this recognition from The Boston Business Journal,” said James Mandell, MD, CEO of Boston Children’s. “Their relentless commitment to developing innovations in health care and the way we deliver it is inspiring and having a marked impact on the community and patients and families we serve."
Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for the past 21 years. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.