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June 13, 2013 Volume 2, Issue 11

BMC Participates in Boston Health and Fitness Expo

Health and Fitness Expo

BMC has partnered with NBC affiliate WHDH Ch.7 and CW56 to co-sponsor the 2013 Health and Fitness Expo, a free community health event at the Hynes Convention Center on June 22-23. The event attracts more than 60,000 people from the Greater Boston region and will feature BMC health services and providers. More than 500 BMC staff will be there to answer health questions, exhibit clinical services, such as primary care, pediatrics and women’s health, and provide a variety of health screenings, including blood pressure, thyroid, skin and ear. BMC staff are encouraged to stop by.

Also featured at the event will be:

  • A distracted driving simulator that highlights the dangers of texting and driving;
  • An oversized Operation® game, obstacle course and jump rope clinic for kids big and small;
  • The Strollin’ Colon that shows the digestive system from the inside;
  • Presentations at the Living Healthy Forum by BMC experts on topics such as diabetes, asthma and weight loss surgery;
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations by BMC Demonstration Kitchen Chef Tracey Burg;
  • Seated chair massage and acupuncture;
  • Health information, including guidelines for routine cancer screenings, a healthy heart and tips for healthy aging.

“This is a great opportunity for BMC to engage with the community in a fun, family-friendly, health-focused way,” says BMC President Kate Walsh. “The Expo will be a showcase for the many ways we deliver exceptional care, without exception, This will be a terrific event for our hospital. I hope staff will be able to stop by and experience it first hand.”

The two-day event will also feature Ch. 7 news personalities, Patriots players Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, and Mario Lopez, host of Extra!. Attendees can try out sports and weather reporting, a NASCAR simulator, and a ski/snowboard simulator. Attendees also can stop by the Pet Pavilion to meet fuzzy pups and pet a few, too.

The Health and Fitness Expo will be held June 22-23 at the Hynes Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All BMC staff are encouraged to attend with their family and friends. Learn more.

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Staff, Patient Models Take to the Catwalk for BMC Cancer Services

On June 27, models will walk the runway at the State Room in downtown Boston for the second annual Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care, a fashion show to raise awareness and funds for the hospital’s cancer services.

Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care
BMC staff will strut their stuff for cancer on June 27

In partnership with Open HeARTS Inc., a nonprofit event planning and arts organization, the event will feature six designers and one stylist creating unique looks for professional models, local celebrities and BMC staff and patient cancer survivors. Models include Mix 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey, WHDH/Ch.7’s Janet Wu and Miss Massachusetts 2013 Taylor Kinzler. Twelve cancer survivors will be walking in the show, three of whom are BMC staff members.

Among the BMC staff will be Kathryn Ankner, a Patient Navigator in the Solomont Center for Hematology and Medical Oncology. Ankner has worked closely with countless brave cancer survivors at BMC and within her own family. This will be her first year walking in the show.

“I am honored to have been nominated by my coworkers to walk the runway. The event is so moving that I hope it inspires everyone in attendance to get involved in whatever way they can,” says Ankner. “It is important to not only bring awareness to cancer research, but also the impact cancer has on patients and their families, from treatment to survivorship.”

Perhaps the most inspirational women taking to the runway are BMC’s own staff survivors. Chief Radiation Therapist Pauline Clancy is a cervical and melanoma cancer survivor.

“I’m most excited to be walking with survivors who were my patients. They are awesome. To be able to celebrate and honor them is a privilege,” she says.

Another model is Carol Hyland, RN, Oncology, a breast cancer survivor. Not only has Carol treated oncology patients here, but she also received her treatment at BMC.

“I’m walking to show my appreciation for all the care and support that was given to me during my diagnosis, treatment and recovery,” says Hyland, who has been part of the BMC community for 27 years.

Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care will be held from 7-11 p.m. June 27 at Boston’s scenic State Room, located at 60 State Street. Tickets to the event include a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, fashion show and a gift bag. To purchase tickets visit http://www.bmccatwalk.org

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Reunion Gives Former Patients, Staff a Chance to Reconnect

It’s not every day you see pint-sized superheroes, pirates and fairy princesses running around the Shapiro lobby. But on June 8, Shapiro was transformed into the happiest place on Earth for a Disney-themed reunion between BMC staff and former patients of BMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

NICU Reunion
A young attendee has her face painted at the NICU reunion.

“We planned to do the event because we wanted to reconnect with our graduates and their parents,” said Judith Burke, RN, a NICU nurse who helped organize the reunion. “The babies are with us anywhere from one to four months, so we bond not only with them but also with their parents."

The 270 guests included former premature and critically ill NICU patients who ranged in age from a few months to 10 years old, their families and the BMC staff who cared for them.

Kid-sized craft tables adorned with Mickey and Minnie Mouse balloons were splattered in colorful paint, glitter and rhinestones as kids lined up to make princess hats, decorate baseball caps, play with finger paints and create spin art masterpieces. A professional makeup artist at the face painting station transformed kids’ cheeks into their heart’s desire, whether it was Spiderman or a butterfly. A DJ spinning a kid-friendly mix of Top 40 hits and oldies drew crowds to the dance floor in addition to the machine that released flurries of bubbles to the beat of the music. The crowd was even treated to a traditional Indian dance performed by a small group of youth dancers.

Stacy Dow, RN, MSN, NICU Nurse Manager, worked with a core group of nurses and NICU volunteers to coordinate the event and brainstorm activities to entertain the children.

“I love working with such a dedicated and talented staff and I want them to feel validated for the great work they do,” said Dow. “Seeing our patients come back is one of the most rewarding experiences as a NICU nurse.”

The reaction among the crowd was enthusiastic as parents and former patients took the opportunity to laugh, exchange hugs, and catch up with their beloved caretakers on life outside of the NICU.

“I’m so happy I got to come back today and see our nurses and everyone who took care of my baby during our time in the NICU,” said one attendee. “They made such a huge difference in our life and I am so grateful.”

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What’s for Breakfast? Avocado Poached Eggs with Diablo Sauce

Summer is here, so why not try this healthy option for breakfast with your family? Check out this this delicious recipe from BMC Demonstration Kitchen Chef Tracey Burg, adapted from www.AvocadosFromMexico.com

This simple recipe combines the buttery texture of egg and the creamy texture of avocado to create a savory breakfast for two. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this tasty meal will keep your appetite in check until lunchtime and give you the kick you need to start your day off right.

Avocado Poached Eggs with Diablo Sauce

Avocado Poached Eggs with Diablo Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 1 large avocado, halved and pitted
  • 2 medium eggs, room temperature


  1. Prepare Diablo Sauce at least 20 minutes before starting eggs. In a large skillet, heat oil until hot. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper and Tabasco. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. When sauce is almost finished, place a steaming basket over 1-inch of water; bring water to a simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each avocado half to create a flat surface. Without breaking through the base, carefully scoop out some of the avocado flesh to create a larger indentation. Into each avocado half, crack one egg; season with salt.
  4. Place avocado halves in steaming basket; cover until eggs are poached, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer each avocado half to a serving plate. Sprinkle with paprika and serve with Diablo Sauce.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 244
  • Total Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 11 g

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What do you do, Lisa Allee?

Name: Lisa Allee MSW, LICSW
Title: Injury Prevention Coordinator, Director of the Community Violence Response Team and Director of Programs and Education, Injury Prevention Center
Department: Acute Care & Trauma Surgery
Years at BMC: 14

Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW
Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW

What brought you to BMC?
After working at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, I decided that I wanted to come home to Boston. I found an opening as a clinical social worker in the inpatient pediatric unit at BMC, where I developed a good relationship working with trauma patients. The Injury Prevention Coordinator position was created in 2008 by the trauma service. This role later became accredited by the American College of Surgeons and a designation in all level-one trauma centers.

What does an injury prevention coordinator do?
Many of the reasons why people come to the emergency department are preventable. My role is to provide education and outreach about injury prevention, as well as to maintain and improve existing services through ongoing evaluation and research. We look at data to determine where the need is for injury prevention in our area and create new, innovative approaches to solve these problems. For example, we have a low-cost helmet program to promote bike safety and an older adult falls program where seniors can enroll in balance classes to learn stability exercises.

Now that the weather is warming up, people are doing more outdoor activities. Do you have any tips for summer safety?
Always use sunscreen and bug spray to prevent burns from sun exposure and bites from seasonal bugs, like mosquitoes. When doing outside activities like biking, scootering, or inline-skating, always make sure to wear a helmet. If you are at a pool or the beach, make sure you always have a flotation device in close reach and never leave children alone around the water. Lastly, never leave children or pets in a hot car for any amount of time.

Are you working on any interesting projects?
The Community Violence Response Team (CVRT), which offers trauma and grief counseling to victims of violence, is finding new and flexible ways to provide mental health services to patients. We counsel upward of 2,000 people a year who do not always have the resources to come in for face-to-face meetings, so we have incorporated technology into our services. For example, one of our clinicians recently counseled a family from California via Skype. We are accessible by text messages and often-times impromptu counseling sessions over the phone. Making care as convenient as possible helps our patient population tremendously.

What do you do to maintain a healthy work-life balance?
When I go home at night I try to tune out work and spend time with my sons, who are 2 and 5, and my husband. I like to run, so I try to fit exercising into my routine, too. It’s important to do things for yourself!

Do you know a staff member who should be profiled? Send your suggestions to communications@bmc.org.

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News of Note

Videos: Staff Reflections on the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Through poignant videos, more than 100 staff share their experiences of working at BMC on Marathon Monday and the days that followed. Produced by Clinical Operations, the videos tell employees’ stories on how they worked together as a team to care for the injured, their families and each other. The videos provide a glimpse of what it means to deliver exceptional care at Boston Medical Center. Visit the intranet to view the videos.

BMC Radiology Pays Act of Kindness Forward to Oklahoma Hospital

BMC Radiology
A week after the Boston Marathon bombing, BMC Radiology received a care package filled with local goodies and a note of support and gratitude from the Radiology department at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in California. In the spirit of paying it forward, BMC Radiology assembled a care package of local New England treats and sent it to the Radiology department at Oklahoma University Medical Center in wake of the recent devastation caused by tornados.

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Awards and Accolades

BMC Wins Employer of the Year Award from YMCA
BMC recently received the 2012-2013 Employer of the Year Award from YMCA Training, Inc. Presented to YMCA Training, Inc. partner organizations and companies that hire the highest number of graduates into their workforce, this is the seventh time in 13 years that BMC has won this award. In the past year, seven Training, Inc. graduates began employment at BMC in six different patient care departments after completing an eight-week internship. Training, Inc. is a branch of the YMCA Boston that provides adult learners with job skills training to help them obtain living-wage employment.

BMC, BUSM Nephrologist and Researcher Honored by International Society of Nephrology
David Salant, MD, Chief of the section of Nephrology at BMC and Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at BUSM, was honored recently with the 2013 Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). The Jean Hamburger Award recognizes outstanding research in nephrology with a clinical emphasis in memory of Jean Hamburger, who was a pioneer of clinical nephrology and founding president of the ISN.

BMC Vascular Surgeon Elected to Distinguished Fellows Status, Society for Vascular Surgery
Alik Farber, MD, Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Medical Director of the Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories, and Co-Director of the Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory at BMC and Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology at BUSM, was elected to distinguished fellow status of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) at the 67th Vascular Annual Meeting® on May 30. He has worked to build upon BMC’s Multidisciplinary Vascular Program, working closely with numerous divisions including Interventional Cardiology and Interventional Radiology. Farber is a director of a fourth year medical school elective (BMC Surgery Bootcamp) which is designed to prepare medical students who are going into surgery for their internship. His clinical expertise includes endovascular and open aortic surgery, peripheral bypass and interventions, carotid endarterectomy and dialysis access.

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