Brigham Staff in the Shapiro testing center.

Brigham staff in the Shapiro testing center.

The Brigham’s Safe Care Commitment assures patients that We Screen, We Clean and We Protect. We are grateful to all staff who are working to demonstrate this commitment to our patients. If you know someone who exemplifies this commitment, please nominate them to be featured in our Safe Care Commitment Spotlight by emailing with a few sentences about why you are nominating them.

Today we are featuring the Expanded COVID-19 Testing team. Within 24 hours of an initial phone call with leaders at the Brigham, Broad Institute and the Cambridge Innovation Center, the hospital had an employee testing site up and running on Sept. 25. Since the site opened, the team has tested over 7,000 employees and received over 6,000 results.

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, medical director of Emergency Preparedness and the Access Center, was struck by the determination, focus and can-do attitude of the testing site’s interdisciplinary team, led by Paula Kackley, MBA, executive director of Brigham Clinical Services and interim executive director of Operations, Mass General Brigham Urgent Care, and Susannah Rudel, MBA, MPH, Deland Fellow.

Andrew Phenox and Kelly O'Connell

Physician assistants Andrew Phenix and Kelly O’Connell assist with employee testing.

“This team really exemplifies the Brigham Way: identifying a new challenge and teaming on solutions to best care for each other within our community,” Goralnick said.

Kelly O’Connell, PA-C, an instructor and observer of the testing in Zinner, said she was happy to have the opportunity to be a part of the testing program.

“This initiative has offered a peace of mind to Brigham staff,” O’Connell said. “It has been rewarding to meet many colleagues and provide each of them with quick and convenient access to a test.”