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Making recovery the goal in mental health care

In many industries, end goals are clearly outlined. For the mental health field, the completion of treatment can often be ambiguous. That’s where Sally Rousseau comes in. Rousseau, manager of the Evelyn Brandon Health Care Center at Unity Hospital, has ...

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Known as a champion for geriatric care

The Rochester area is becoming a hub of expertise and education for health care professionals who work geriatrics, and Thomas Caprio M.D. is a pivotal part of that movement. As medical director of Visiting Nurse Service, Caprio is instrumental in ...

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Only the best for residents in her care

For Dona Rickard, the key to success in the senior care field is setting a high standard and never lowering it. “It’s very simple. The expectation is the highest quality of care, the highest quality of life for the residents, ...

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Guarding against superbugs and their ilk

Elizabeth Bouwens chose to pursue nursing as a career largely because she knew she would always be employed. While at nursing school, she decided to become an obstetrical nurse at her hometown community hospital. It would become more than a ...

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Building a community of patient-centered doctors

Betty Rabinowitz M.D. understands that the opportunity to provide primary care to patients over a long period of time is a gift. She has felt driven to focus long term on patients with a whole-person perspective throughout her medical training ...

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Her vision helped transform the patient experience

Every time a Strong Memorial Hospital staff member receives a Strong Star honor, Jacqueline Beckerman has played a hand in it. Beckerman is director of patient- and family-centered care and the Strong Commitment, and for the past eight years has ...

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A reassuring presence at a stressful time

Ruth Machiele wanted to stay active after retiring from her job as a school psychologist, and heard about volunteer opportunities at Rochester General Hospital. “I just thought, ‘I want to do something different,’ so I thought this would be different,” ...

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He keeps looking for ways to serve those in need

For Jim Ahearn, helping others is its own reward. “Whatever I give, I get back tenfold,” he said. Ahearn has a long history of serving those in need. A licensed social worker, he spent 26 years as president of the ...

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He takes the time when it matters most

There are some nights in Rochester when parents are told their child has cancer. When this happens, they rush to the hospital, scared and bewildered. David Korones M.D., pediatric oncologist, palliative care physician and University of Rochester Medical Center professor, ...

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She’s opening doors for the underserved

Rose Agins believes we are all here to do what we can. As for Rose, she sees herself as a sort of bridge—a connection between people with challenges and the resources to help them meet their needs. “I’m an advocate ...

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Chaplain volunteer provides spiritual comfort

Richard Kolb welcomes surgical patients to F.F. Thompson Hospital with a smile and the offer of a prayer. “If I can be any help to you spiritually prior to your procedure, I’d be happy to do so,” the 86-year-old chaplain’s ...

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Her research changed the lives of families in poverty

When Harriet Kitzman graduated from high school at the age of 16 in the 1950s, women had a choice of three careers: secretary, teacher or nurse. Kitzman chose nursing because of her interests in humanitarianism. “It was a wonderful choice,” ...

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Finding a more holistic approach to spine health

In the late 1970s, when many physicians still had a rigid view of what influences illness, Brian Justice was eager to pursue a career that championed the connection between body and mind. “So I made the then-radical move of going ...

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Making a daily difference in the lives of elder patients

Mary Beth Hossenlopp N.P.’s goal for her elderly patients is to keep them out of the hospital and as comfortable as possible. “I go to each elder’s bedside so they don’t have to go out of the cottage for medical ...

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RBJ Health Care Achievement Awards: Health Care Resources

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