The Boston Business Journal recently announced its 2015 Healthcare Heroes, recognizing those who have been steadfast in their commitment to improving the health and wellness of Massachusetts residents. Four members of the BWH community were named to the list of 14 recipients from across the city: Joel Katz, MD, Stephanie Shine, BSN, RN, Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS, and Audrey Epstein Reny.
“Our BWH honorees are truly accomplished in their fields and have made a difference here at BWH, in the greater Boston community and beyond,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD. “We are proud that they have been recognized for their tireless efforts to advance the highest-quality patient care, innovative research, stellar education and community outreach.”
The award winners, listed by name and category below, were featured in a special section in the Boston Business Journal on Aug. 14.
Educator: Joel Katz, MD
As director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, a general internist and an infectious disease specialist, Joel Katz, MD, has been responsible for training 170 residents each year for the last 15 years. Since becoming director in 2000, he has dedicated himself to creating a vision and infrastructure in order for residents to simultaneously achieve clinical excellence and establish themselves as productive innovators, researchers and leaders in internal medicine. He also co-created innovative courses that unite his greatest interests—fine arts and teaching. For example, the first-year Harvard Medical School preclinical course “Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis” features observation exercises at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to train students to look carefully for subtle clues in patients. The course has become a model for this type of cross-disciplinary medical humanities teaching throughout the U.S.
Non-Physician Provider: Stephanie Shine, BSN, RN
An expert clinician, innovative researcher, driven leader and compassionate caregiver, Stephanie Shine, BSN, RN, provides excellent care to infants, mothers and families in the NICU during what is often the most difficult time of their lives. She is the principal investigator of an innovative study called “Love at First Sight” that incorporates video conferencing into the NICU via Google Glass, allowing new mothers to see and hear their babies in real time through the eyes of their birth partner as they are recovering. The study addresses maternal-infant separation after birth, and to date, 250 mothers have been enrolled as participants.
Innovator: Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS
Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS, BWHC chief medical information officer (CMIO) for Health Information Innovation & Integration, oversees BWHC’s clinical information technology innovation initiatives, including many projects related to Partners eCare. He has also developed mobile apps to securely capture and store clinical images and to improve electronic medication administration and reconciliation. Landman is also exploring how secure video can be used in the Emergency Department and elsewhere to capture details, including patient histories and assessments, faster.
Volunteer: Audrey Epstein Reny
On April 15, 2013, Audrey Epstein Reny stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her family, including her daughter Gillian, who was critically injured during the bombings. Gillian was rushed to BWH, where a multidisciplinary trauma team saved her life and her legs. Out of gratitude, the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund at BWH to fuel innovative trauma research and clinical care. Since establishing the fund in 2014, Audrey Epstein Reny has made it her life’s work to turn tragedy into hope for future trauma patients by raising funds and awareness about the field. In just 17 months, the Stepping Strong Fund has raised nearly $4.4 million, funded six researchers and engaged more than 7,100 people around the globe in the mission.