I am proud and humbled to be a part of Team BIDMC for the 2020 Boston Marathon! I started my career in health care in 1992 as a nursing assistant then graduated from Cornell University's Physician Assistant program in 1997. I have been working as a PA for over 20 years! I have taken care of patients and families around the country in pediatric bone marrow transplant, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, neuro-critical care, neuro-trauma, post-anesthesia and pre-anesthesia. I now proudly work at BID-Needham providing care to surgical patients overnight. Through the years I have been inspired by countless numbers of patients, families, and colleagues. I hold close so many inspirational stories.
My husband, Patrick, and our two children, Emma and Josh, have lived in the Boston area since 2012. We live very close to the marathon route in Newton. Year after year, I am awestruck and blown away by watching the sheer determination and dedication of all the runners. I have run many half marathons, but never a full marathon. This year, my kids encouraged me to run and not miss out on something so incredibly life changing. Not only am I running, I am fundraising for the amazing hospital that I represent. Neighbors and family...watch out! I have plans to fundraise in many fun ways! In the meantime, if you donate now, please include your favorite motivational song to add to my play list! I am honored to be running for Team BIDMC. Thank you for your support!
Team BIDMC is running to support a variety of programs, including the Cancer Center, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Annual Fund, kidney disease research, and Bowdoin Street Health Center's Healthy Champions Program. Several of our runners are also supporting our Needham, Milton, and Plymouth affiliates. Thank you for your support!
At the BIDMC Cancer Center, gifted physicians, outstanding nurses, and dedicated staff form a team that is committed to breakthrough treatments delivered with kindness and respect. Researchers have made several discoveries that have led to greater understanding of cancer mechanisms resulting in improved and innovative cancer care. And because we have always understood the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, our specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop unique support systems.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinicians within our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology deliver approximately 5,000 babies every year. The department has become a national, award-winning leader in the movement to improve health care quality and safety, pioneering a groundbreaking "team training" approach to reducing medical errors—a methodology based on safety principles from the military, commercial aviation, and other industries.
The Klarman Family Neonatal lntensive Care Unit (NICU)
Each year, approximately one in eight babies in the United States is born prematurely, which has a profound impact on newborns and their families. These vulnerable babies often present with complex medical needs, ranging from severe breathing trouble to underdeveloped organs, and require specialized care to give them a healthy start. The NICU provides state-of-the-art, family-centered care for about 1,000 high-risk newborns and their families each year.
The Annual Fund provides flexible funding to advance the priorities and projects that support our mission of providing unparalleled care for all of our patients, teaching the next generation of physicians, and finding cures for the most devastating diseases of our time.
Kidney Disease Research
Martin R. Pollak, M.D., and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent and are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Dr. Pollak and his team found that two common genetic variations in a gene called APOL1 are responsible for African Americans' greatly increased susceptibility to kidney disease—variations that likely become common because they protect against African sleeping sickness.
Bowdoin Street's Healthy Champions Program
The Healthy Champions Program is an anti-obesity, education, fitness, and community-building initiative serving children in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. Participants, or Healthy Champions, learn about the importance of healthy nutrition, food preparation, food access in their neighborhood, and fitness and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps most importantly, Healthy Champions serve as "ambassadors of health" to their families and peers in the community, sharing their knowledge about health and wellness while developing a sense of confidence in their ability to effect healthy changes in themselves and in the wider community.