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YNHH celebrates “polished performers” at the center of patient care

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At left, Diana-Lynn Schaible, RN, (left) assistant patient service manager, York Street Campus Surgical Intensive Care Unit, with Frances Grindell Scholarship awardee Lakisha Streater, patient care associate. At right, Geraldine McSherry, RN, patient service manager, Saint Raphael Campus Surgical Intensive Care Unit, with scholarship awardee Dan Judson, clinical technician.

During a Nov. 12 celebration honoring Yale New Haven Hospital’s care associates, keynote speaker Evans Simmons, PA-C, called them “polished performers.”

Yale New Haven President Richard D’Aquila, who started his healthcare career as a care associate, emphasized their role in providing safe, high-quality care to more – and more seriously ill – patients. “Fiscal year 2018 was the busiest, and safest, year for the hospital,” he told a packed auditorium at 55 Park St. “You are at the center of it.”

The annual celebration honors patient care associates, clinical technicians, emergency department technical associates and technicians, ambulatory care associates and assistants, medical assistants, technical associates, milieu counselors, mental health workers, radiology care assistants and urology technicians.

The hospital also honored 57 caregivers for advancing on the clinical ladder, and presented Dan Judson, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Verdi 2 West), and Lakisha Streater, SICU (SP 7-1), with the Frances Grindell Patient Care Associate, Clinical Technician and Emergency Department Technical Associate Scholarships. The scholarship, given annually to employees pursuing nursing degrees, honors the memory of a nurse who educated and oriented many patient care associates during her 44 years at YNHH. For more information about the Grindell Scholarship, PCAs, CTs and EDTAs can visit HR Connect, on Infor.

“I am overwhelmed, but not surprised, by your skills, your accomplishments and your commitment to our patients,” Ena Williams, RN, chief nursing officer, told the crowd. “I am so proud of all of you.”