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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center honors Hyde Park man with Martin Luther King Black Achievers award

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  January 22, 2013 04:38 PM

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Peter Cousins, center, accepted his award from Jacquaetta Hester-Walker, chairwoman of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Martin Luther King Black Achievers Committee, and Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and chief executive officer of the medical center.

A Hyde Park man was honored with a Black Achievers award at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, the medical center announced.

Peter Cousins, a radiology support manager who has worked at the medical center since 1980, was presented the lifetime achievement award by Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and chief executive officer of the medical center, and Jacquaetta Hester-Walker, department administrator for community benefits and chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Black Achievers Committee.

“Peter Cousins is the heartbeat of BIDMC,” Hester-Walker said in a statement released by the medical center. “He has a friend in every walk of life and represents everything that this award is all about.”

“I’m proud and humbled, and I appreciate it to my core,” Cousins said in the statement. “It’s nothing I set out to do, but I am a firm believer in doing what’s right.”

Cousins grew up with his nine brothers and sisters in Jamaica, the release said, where he developed his passion for public service by watching his mother. Shortly after the family immigrated to Boston in 1980, Cousins found work in the kitchen of then-Beth Israel Hospital.

He later became a file clerk in the radiology department, working full time to put himself through school as he pursued a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University. He continued to challenge himself after graduation, working two full-time jobs from 1988 to 2000, when he was promoted to a supervisory position in the radiology department.

“That’s when I finally decided to stop working two jobs,” Cousins said in the release. “I’m a very loyal person, and I felt like BIDMC was really supporting me, so I just wanted to be able to concentrate on the supervisor job.”

Cousins became a practice manager in the cardiology department in 2006 in an effort to further develop his leadership skills, and returned to radiology two years later to take on a management position.

Cousins said he appreciated the guidance he’d received from managers such as Donna Hallett, director of operations in radiology, and hoped to pass on some of that same wisdom to those who work under him now.

“I feel like I’m on a journey, and I have an idea that my journey is about helping people,” Cousins said in the statement. “I’m glad somebody saw something in me, and I want the people I help and work with to feel the same way. I want them to aspire to sit in my seat.”

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