Congratulations to MHA’s V.P. of Clinical Affairs Patricia Noga, R.N., PhD, who has been awarded the Janet Madigan Advocacy Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL).
The award honors excellence as a community advocate or political leader committed to supporting and advocating for the nursing profession and patient care. Madigan was the well-respected, dynamic former leader of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE), which was the former name of ONL. She served in a variety of roles, including regional director, treasurer, president of MONE and chair of the Government Affairs Committee before passing away suddenly in 2013.
In addition to her many responsibilities at MHA – leading efforts in patient quality and safety, workforce development, care transitions, and disaster preparedness, among many other fields – Noga has taken a lead role in MHA’s response to COVID-19. She was also instrumental in the Question 1 ballot campaign of 2018 and in the “Caring for the Caregiver” initiative that was created in the campaign’s wake.
Noga is respected for her indefatigable work ethic, collegiality, consensus building between MHA and many groups outside of the associations, and intelligence. As the award from ONL notes, “While at MHA, Pat has established broad, collaborative, and tactical networks and relationships. Her history of respect and diplomacy allows her to tap into the expert knowledge and experience of clinicians and leaders throughout the region and nationally. She then translates that knowledge into highly regarded information for addressing complex concerns.”
ONL also honored other MHA-member nursing leaders through its annual awards and scholarship program.
The Mary B. Concesion Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership was presented to Terry Hudson-Jinks, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Tufts Medical Center.
The Marilyn Rinker Memorial Scholarship Award, which supports a qualified RN participating in an approved course of study leading to an advanced degree, was presented to Megan Seston Matson from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Outstanding Nurse Manager/Director Scholarships were presented to Carole Deangelis, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and Devin Lucy, Nurse Manager, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network.
Sharon A. Smith Scholarship Awards were presented to Joanne Thomas, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Lillian Toomey, Boston Children's Hospital.
Read about other award recipients here
. Congratulations all!