By Emilee Lamorena
On Feb. 17, 2010, while I was teaching high school science in the Bronx, my mother was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. I quickly left everything — my teaching fellowship, my master’s degree program and my friends — and returned to Chicago to be with my family and my mom.
I always knew I was going to work in health care, but I wasn’t sure which route or specialty I was really interested in. While I saw my mother suffering, I came to a very big realization: There is nothing in the world harder than watching someone you love struggle for a breath. It was the most helpless feeling to not be able to alleviate any of that hardship.
After caring for her through her illness (my mother passed away about 10 months after she was diagnosed), I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people breathe and supporting their loved ones. In 2011, I entered the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Rush, where my mother received wonderful care, so I could help people care for their heart and lungs.
This third installment of a video series chronicling Rush University student Joe Santamaria’s first year of medical school shows him donning the clinician’s uniform in the official white coat ceremony.
“Our goal as we literally put the white coat on them is also figurative,” says Paul Kent, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics, “for them to wear that and feel this new sense that I need to know this, because if I don’t, someone will get hurt. Not because there’s going to be a test on it.”
This is the second in a series of videos featuring Joe Santamaria, a first-year medical student at Rush University. We’ll be checking in on him and sharing video updates throughout the school year.
Meet Joe Santamaria, a first-year medical student at Rush University. Steve Gadomski of the Rush Photo Group will be checking in on him and sharing video updates throughout the school year.
Larry Goodman, MD, assists Leo Henikoff, MD, with his regalia for Rush University’s commencement ceremony, 1992.
Henikoff served as president of Rush University and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center from 1984 to 2002. Goodman has served as president of Rush University and CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. At the time of this photo, Goodman was an associate professor of infectious diseases.
Rush University celebrates its 40th commencement ceremony on June 9, 2012.
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Luzviminda Calo, RN, supplemental staffing nurse, talks with Cynthia Barginere, DNP(c), RN, FACHE.
In May, Cynthia Barginere joined Rush as chief nursing officer, vice president for clinical nursing and associate dean for practice for Rush University Medical Center and the Rush University College of Nursing. Barginere previously served as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Baptist Medical Center South, a 454-bed, acute care regional tertiary referral center and teaching hospital in Montgomery, Ala.
Rush’s Elizabeth Higgins spoke to her about plans for the future of nursing, education and patient care at Rush.
As chief nursing officer and vice president for clinical nursing, how do you envision your role of leading nursing at Rush?
I think the responsibility of any chief nursing officer is to ensure the appropriateness of clinical practice for nurses across the organization. The overall goal is to make sure that the nursing care is of the highest quality so that patients receive the best possible care and achieve the highest possible outcomes. The nursing care here at Rush has a reputation for being of the highest quality, given its three-time Magnet designation and shared governance model. My role, beyond ensuring the quality of the clinical practice, is to help the nursing service and the leadership team create a vision for Rush, so that we can maintain the Medical Center’s position in nursing and help to drive the future of nursing. Continue reading
Medical student Vivian Leung in the garden at King Elementary School
It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon, and Rush University medical student Vivian Leung gathers a group of second- through eighth-graders around the vegetable garden she helped them plant. “Who remembers what this is?” she asks, pointing toward a patch of green leaves. “Aru-? Arugu-?”
“Arugula!” a boy answers, setting in motion one of many after-school lessons Leung has led as part of what she calls the “edible schoolyard program” at King Elementary, a public school on Chicago’s West Side. She visits the school once a week to discuss, tend and eat the vegetables with children. In the process, Leung is breaking down obstacles to healthy eating that plague many Chicago communities.
King is in the middle of a food desert — an area, usually composed of lower-income communities, whose residents have limited access to grocery stores or other retailers that sell healthy, affordable food. These areas foster unhealthy diets that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and obesity-related metabolic disease. Continue reading
By Thomas Holland
St. Baldrick’s is a national organization that promotes the research of pediatric oncology by providing grants to various doctors and researchers across the nation. The money provided in the grants is raised by countless events with thousands of participants.
This year there have already been 902 events with 40,700 shavees. St. Baldrick’s is operated as a purely volunteer charity. It is hailed as a top organization that gets the highest percentage of money raised to the individuals that best utilize it, like Rush’s own Dr. Paul Kent, who was noted on the St. Baldrick’s website as the chosen caregiver for National Volunteer Week.
My own interest in St. Baldrick’s was spawned by Dr. Kent. While talking with him about volunteering, he took me around the floor and gave me a bracelet with the phone number of St. Baldrick’s.
The second annual Rush University St. Baldrick’s Event was on April 1. After an invigorating speech, we got down to the business of shaving people’s heads. Continue reading