June 24, 2010
Left to right: Ann Marie LaRocca, Alex Johnson, and Ulrike Berzau
More than 100 employees of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network turned out on June 21-23 for MGH Institute of Health Professions Preceptor Appreciation Reception.
Three separate events, held at the network's main campus in Boston, Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, were an opportunity for the school to thank employees as well as publicly acknowledge the clinical preceptors who are invaluable to the education of IHP students.
“We could not provide the depth and range of education to our students without the efforts of our talented preceptors,” noted Provost and Academic Vice President, Alex P. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP. “They are invaluable, and this was a way for the Institute to show our appreciation.”
The Institute has more than 125 Spaulding employees working as preceptors in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical imaging. While many are IHP graduates, all preceptors recognize the importance of giving back to help the next generation of health care providers prepare to enter the workforce as their colleagues.
“It was very special for the IHP faculty and administrators to celebrate our employees,” said Ulrike Berzau, MM, MHS, PT, FACHE, Vice President of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Spaulding. “For Spaulding employees who wanted to know more about the IHP, it was a great way for them to do that.”
School of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet Spaulding employees.
“Strengthening our relationship with key clinical sites such as Spaulding is very important,” said Dr. Lauzon Clabo, who began at Boston’s health sciences graduate school on June 1. “Our preceptors play a key role in the education and professional development of our students. It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to thank them in person.”
Dr. Johnson gave Berzau and Associate Chief Nurse Ann Marie LaRocca a framed picture of the Institute that read: “MGH Institute of Health Professions recognizes Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as a valued partner in the clinical education of our graduate students.”
The Institute also sent gift baskets to 16 other Spaulding locations as a token of the school's appreciation and gratitude.
To learn more about becoming a preceptor for the IHP, please contact:
- Nursing: Cammie Townsend
- Physical Therapy: Donna Applebaum or Jane Baldwin
- Speech-Language Pathology: Chuck Jeans
- Medical Imaging: Sandy Creaser