(Photo courtesy MGH Institute of Health Professions)
Forty-two residents from Back Bay, Bacon Hill, Charlestown, the Fenway, and the South End were among the 492 students who graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions on Thursday, May 9.
More than 2,000 family and friends packed the Hynes Convention Center as students in nursing, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, and health professions education participated in the Charlestown Navy Yard graduate school’s 33rd Commencement ceremony
Rebecca Onie, co-founder and CEO of Boston-based Health Leads, delivered the keynote address. She gave a recap of how an internship at Greater Boston Legal Services in 1995 as a freshman at Harvard University inspired her to create an organization that would fill gaps traditional health care providers could not handle.
Seventeen years later, the organization that began with a card table at Boston Medical Center has grown to having nearly 1,000 college student volunteers working with 9,000 patients in 22 clinics in six cities.
Onie urged the graduating students to challenge assumptions and bring new energy and ideas to help create better patient care strategies and outcomes.
“Let us choose, together, to measure our health care not by how many diseases we cured, but by how many diseases we prevented. Not by the excellence of our specialists or the sophistication of our technologies, but by how rarely we used them,” she said.
“You are as ready as you ever will be – and possibly more ready that you ever will be – to create the new healthcare system that we as a nation so desperately need.”
Below is a list of the new MGH Institute of Health Professions graduates from the neighborhoods.
From Back Bay:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Anne Chang
Master of Science in Nursing: Gabriel Belosevic, Martha Loring, Teresa McGrath, Norma Sanchez
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology: Emma Power, Carson Tucker
From Beacon Hill:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Emily Browning
Master of Science in Nursing: Kelly Davisson, Alison Rhodes
Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading: Victoria Dyka
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Emily Bryson, Jennifer Burke, Patricia Elmiger, Katherine Harsch, Margaret Kerin
Master of Science in Nursing: Emily Curran, Kiara Regan, Olivia Straw, Allison Winacoo, Sara Wright
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Rita Olans
Master of Science in Physical Therapy: Dhiraj Phadtare
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Andrew Cook, Sarah Shaheen
From the Fenway:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Jeffrey Deacon, Jennifer Singer
Master of Science in Nursing: Roxanna Kiboli, Angela Morello, Kimberly Nehiley, Lindsay Schommer
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology: Elizabeth Heller, Nashifa Hooda, Stephanie Levy, Kayla Nelson, Kathleen O’Halloran
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Jennifer Firth
From South End:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Lisa Liu, Meaghan Nugent, Benjamin Rankin
Master of Science in Nursing: Jessica Kraft
Master of Science in Physical Therapy: Mitali Kaushik Vyas