Tufts MC True Blue Recipients: Ebola Team—Anesthesiologist-in-Chief Ruben Azocar, MD; Annie Baribeault, RN, Pediatric ICU (PICU); Kathleen Coburn, RN, Surgical ICU (SICU); Suzanne Cook, RN, PICU; Margaret Corbett, RN, SICU; Clare Dalton, RN, North 8; Shira Doron, MD, Adult Infectious Disease; Chief of Pediatric ICU and Interim Pediatrician-in-Chief Rashed Durgham, MD; Karen Fauman, MD, Critical Care Pediatrician Karen Fauman; Ryan Flaherty, Environmental Health and Safety Manager; Dawna Frankenberger, RN, PICU; Eric Garpestat, MD, Pulmonary Associate Chief; Susan Hadley, MD, ID Attending, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease; Gina Hale, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety; Horacio Hojman, MD, Surgery Director, SICU; Nora Lawton, RN; Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, Pathologist-in-Chief, Laboratory and Pathology; Thomas McCready, RN, SICU; Susanne Meninger, RN, Infection Preventionist; Sue Murray, RN, Infection Preventionist; Stan Nasraway, MD, Surgical Intensive Care Unit Director; Lynn Ouellette, RN, PICU; John Adam Reich, MD, Anesthesiologist, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Medical Director; Stephen Segatore, RN, ICU Float; David Snydman, MD, Chief of Adult Infectious Disease; David Stone, MD, Attending Physician, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease; Mary Verruso, RN; Francis Yannizzi, Public Safety Officer
Excerpts from the nomination from Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services:
“These are the members of the Tufts MC community who raised their hands last fall, willing to cross the threshold and care for a patient at high-risk for Ebola. This care team demonstrated extraordinary courage, selflessness and compassion and came together seamlessly and within hours, trusting the support systems put in place by others, to provide a safe, effective patient- and family-focused care plan for a unique patient at high risk for one of the most highly contagious viruses.
“In a well-orchestrated arrival through a secret point of access to the hospital, the patient arrived. After two knocks on the back of an EMS truck, a Tufts MC nurse in full personal protective equipment opened the doors to find members of the Emergency Medical Services team in complete hazmat gear. The nurse also saw something unfamiliar; the inside of the vehicle was completely wrapped in plastic, due to the potential of a highly infectious virus.
“Unfazed, the nurse greeted the patient in typical Tufts MC fashion: “Welcome to Tufts Medical Center, I am your nurse and we are going to take great care of you, come with me.” The care team did what it took to create a patient- and family-focused care plan, covering all of the bases and never missing a beat.”