NEW: Women & Infants’ Staff Earn Awards of Excellence
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Established in 2006 by the family and friends of the late Richard “Dick” Welch, the award was inspired by his unwavering commitment to excellence in patient and family centered care during his 35-year tenure serving Women & Infants as a trustee, board chair and chief operating officer. Awards are presented annually for a clinical and non-clinical employee.
The awards were presented by Mary Welch, Dick Welch’s wife, and Mary Pat Denci, his daughter, to Giovanna “Jenny” Todisco, LPN (clinical), and Heather O’Reilly (non-clinical).
Todisco of Johnston, a licensed practical nurse in the Emergency Department, has worked at Women & Infants for nearly 54 years. One of her colleagues noted, “Whether she is caring for a scared mother having her first baby or a terminally ill oncology patient, Jenny always takes the time to hear the patient’s and family’s story and adapts her nursing care to meet their individual need.”
O’Reilly of North Smithfield has worked in Women & Infants’ Food and Nutrition Department for 17 years. In nominating her for this honor, one of her colleagues noted, “No matter the circumstances, Heather understands and takes customer service very seriously. Heather is one employee who demonstrates how far the human touch can reach.”
Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine. Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year.
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