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August 28, 2002
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

University Hospital honors employees for contributions to workplace

University Hospital has announced the recipients of its First Annual Hospital Recognition awards.

The winners are:

  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Team. Team members are Joseph Papini of Tully, Karen Hirschman of Syracuse, Anne Marie Buss of Kirkville, Lou Ann Wilson Syracuse, and Pat Robinson of Syracuse. The DBT team was cited for developing an innovative program for patients with borderline personality disorder. This program has improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, while decreasing a patient’s length of stay and need for re-admission. University Hospital is the only hospital in Central New York and only one of a few in the nation that provides integrated inpatient and outpatient DBT treatment. The program has received commendations from the Office of Mental Health and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

  • Pamela Lamb of Kirkville, a physical therapy assistant in University Hospital’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), received the Outstanding Contribution of the Year award. Lamb, a PM&R employee for 19 years, is the cornerstone of the Manual Lymphedema Drainage Treatment Program that addresses a complication of breast cancer surgery. The program is the first of its kind in Central New York and includes manual massage, bandaging, exercise and patient and family education.
  • Katharine Mooney of East Syracuse, a patient service director for University Hospital’s Intermediate Care Unit, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and 5A, has received the University Hospital Supervisor of the Year award. Mooney has expanded her supervisory responsibilities by assuming the management of three units. An important element to her success as an outstanding supervisor is her commitment to continuing education of both herself and her staff. She recently received certification in Advanced Nurse Administration. She also serves as facilitator of the Recognition, Retention and Recruitment Committee for University Hospital’s Medical/Surgical ICU.
  • Linda McAleer of Cazenovia has received the University Hospital Employee of the Year award. McAleer has been a University Hospital employee for more than 10 years and has been a nurse manager at University Health Care Center (UHCC) for the last five. Her efforts helped University Hospital’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center attain an 88 percent immunization compliance rate by the time a child is 24 months old. In 1997 the immunization compliance rates for the Center were 66 percent. This impressive improvement was recognized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The Upstate Stars Recognition Awards program recognizes University Hospital staff for exceptional service to the hospital and to patients. The program is an activity of University Hospital’s Upstate Stars Employee Recognition Team.

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