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Hospital GEMS 2011 celebrated
New GEMS at Rumford Hospital are, seated from left, Tammy Berry, RN, Sharon Gates, RN and Janet Richards, RN. Standing are Stephany Jacques, RN, Patty Perry, RN, and Dan Elliott, RN. Absent from photo is Tamara Breton, RN.
Renewing their GEMS status are, seated from left, Shandi Averill, RN, Barbara MacGregor, RN and Janice Durland, RN. Standing are Serena Flagg, RN, Brenda Duguay, RN, Josh Merrill, CAN and Pam Poisson, RN.
RUMFORD -- Six years ago, the Central Maine Medical Family developed a program - GEMS - which recognizes clinical staff and clinical support staff for excellence in five areas: clinical excellence, customer service, education and research, leadership, and community service.
The ultimate goal of the program is to demonstrate commitment to excellence in patient care throughout the system.
GEMS stands for Growth, Enthusiasm, Motivation and Spirit. The GEMS program recognizes staff at three levels, or steps of achievement - Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond. In order to keep standards high, staff members are awarded GEMS status for two years, after which they must re-apply for their current level or a higher level. The three levels - sapphire, ruby and diamond - carry increasingly tougher criteria.
Staff members apply to the GEMS program by meeting a required number of criteria and submitting proof of certifications, education and leadership, as well as their managers' signature on special GEMS forms. At each hospital - Bridgton Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center and Rumford Hospital - an interdisciplinary committee, comprised of both clinical and non-clinical staff people, reviews the applications, making certain the applicants have met all t he criteria. Managers are not eligible for the GEMS program.
Tammy Berry, RN, of Livermore, a new diamond GEMS, is a Cardiac Rehab nurse. Daniel Elliott, RN, of Rumford, also a Cardiac Rehab nurse, is another new diamond GEMS.
Sharon Gates, RN, of Peru is a new diamond GEMS and a Cardiac Rehab nurse. Stephany Jacques, RN, of Peru has attained the ruby GEMS level. She works in Oncology and in the Specialty Clinics. Patty Perry, RN, of Rumford, another Oncology nurse, is a new diamond GEMS. Janet Richards, RN, Mexico, is a new ruby GEMS. She works on Med/Surg.
Renewing GEMS are Shandi Averill, RN, of Dixfield, ruby, a Birthing Center nurse; Tamara Breton, RN, of Roxbury, an Oncology nurse; Brenda Duguay, RN, of Rumford, the ICU Clinical Coordinator; and Janice Durland, RN, of Mexico, an ICU nurse.
Also renewing GEMS status are Serena Flagg, RN, of Carthage, a Med/Surg and Birthing Center nurse; Barbara MacGregor, RN, of Rumford, the Diabetes Education and Wound Care nurse; Joshua Merrill, Emergency Department Tech, of Rumford; and Pamela Poisson, RN, of Farmington, an Emergency Department nurse.
A celebration was held on December 8 to induct the new GEMS and to honor renewing GEMS.