BOSTON - Katherine Rice-Latham of Mattapan, a patient care technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been awarded the Red Sox Scholarship, a grant program designed to educate future nurses and funded in part through a raffle of tickets from last year's Sox' playoff run.
The honor was presented May 11 at BIDMC's Annual Nursing Awards Ceremony, part of the medical center's activities honoring the profession throughout National Nurses Week, May 7-13. BIDMC also presented more than 100 additional awards/scholarships recognizing staff contributions and performance.
"We are delighted that in some way the success of the Red Sox has helped Katherine, who has dedicated herself to caring for others," said Dr. Charles Steinberg, Red Sox executive vice president of public affairs. Steinberg also noted that the Red Sox Nursing Scholarships are just one of a number of ways the team reaches out into the community along-side BIDMC, the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.
"Our nurses are truly extraordinary! They are highly skilled professionals who provide specialized care in a high-tech environment, always in a caring and compassionate way," said Dianne Anderson, RN, MS, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at BIDMC. "These honors we bestow are a small way to say 'thank you' for all of their hard work and accomplishments."
Criteria used for selecting scholarship recipients included an evaluation of contributions and skills, problem resolution and judgment capabilities, participation in efficiency/quality improvement programs, peer recognition, a willingness to go beyond the scope of everyday work, and adaptability to workplace changes.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks fourth in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu.
Above, Rice-Latham is pictured with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster during her very first visit to Fenway Park.