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Congratulations to the Samaritans of the Month for April 2016

July 13th, 2016

Pervez Akhter, MD, is the April Samaritan of the Month. Dr. Akhter has worked for Good Sam and the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care since 2015 as a psychiatrist. He has impacted his patient’s lives with his extraordinary approach to children and his experience and education are a gift when treating children with complex issues. He is loved by his patients and staff members and his positive attitude inspires others. He is friendly and always has a smile on his face. His devotion to his patients and to staff is well-known and he is caring, understanding and compassionate.







Fran Kavanagh, the April Samaritan of the Month, has worked in the mailroom at Good Sam since 1992. Despite staff changes she has kept the mailroom organized, completing all tasks and treats everyone who comes her way attentively. She works with a loyal volunteer staff who, as a testament to her, remain in the Mailroom for years. She is always helpful and professional, even when she faces large volumes of mail. In addition to her Mailroom responsibilities, Ms. Kavanagh completes 2-3 specimen rounds per day throughout the facility. She is always working hard, busy assisting with deliveries and helpful to guests and staff.







The Team of the Month for April is Palliative Care. The team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together in Palliative Care provide an extra layer of support to the hospital’s physicians and are vital to improving the quality of life for patients and families. In 2015, the Palliative Care service supported more than 1,000 patients and families who were facing serious illness. All the professionals in the department are dedicated hard-working team players who focus on patients at their bedside and offer encouraging support to their families. Their dedication and accomplishments are an inspiration. The team includes Dr. Pedro Calves, Senior Medical Director; Dr. Gina Zarrilli, Physician; Cindy Saraceno, RN, Nurse Consultant; Melissa Bishop, NP, Nurse Practitioner; Geri O’Callaghen, RN, Nurse Consultant; Kevin Stolz, Chaplain; Donna Taranto, Secretary and MaryEllen McKenna, Office Manager. Members of the team also include, primary care physicians, social workers, care managers, nurses, pastoral care, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists and respiratory therapists.