New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Presents Employee Awards


New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland presented several awards at their annual Employee Appreciation Day celebrations held on May 31 & June 1, 2017.

Ken Hodgdon, RNT received The Buzz Fitzgerald Award, established by the friends and family of Buzz Fitzgerald to be awarded to a staff member who has demonstrated extraordinary care to rehab patients and their families. Buzz valued leadership skills, and felt being a leader was a responsibility as well as an opportunity. The responsibility was to provide leadership through integrity, mentoring and honesty and the best way to do so was by example. The opportunity was to teach, to give people the chance to be successful, to try new initiatives, and do and be the best they can. Ken’s priorities are always clear to staff, patients and families: provide safe and effective care while also giving everyone an excellent experience. Patients and families often seek out nursing leadership to express how pleased they are with the care he gives. He listens intently to concerns, personal stories and preferences. He always follows through to resolve any requests or issues. Ken is a problem solver who works to get patients ready to discharge to their homes.  He is a dedicated member of the spinal cord program team.

Nancy Lizotte, CRRN, Nurse Manager was chosen as Outstanding Employee of the Year.  Nancy demonstrates our hospital’s mission to provide compassionate, comprehensive rehabilitation services in every role she has held in our hospital, and there have been many. She has been a staff nurse, admissions nurse, charge nurse, Program Leader for Stroke, and Medical Records Compliance Analyst. Early in her career, she demonstrated her commitment to rehab nursing by obtaining her CRRN certification. Nancy is action oriented and makes patients her first priority. She has excellent working relationships with Medical Staff. Staff members seek her out as a resource for professional and personal development. In her newest role as Nurse Manager, Nancy is collaborative and direct. She has assessed her staff strengths and develops their skills to be more versatile.

MaryAnn Meirs, CRRN, Education Coordinator received the Leadership Award, given to a member of the hospital’s leadership team who has made significant contributions during the prior year. MaryAnn’s positive and enthusiastic approach is infectious. She is an excellent out-of-the box thinker when it comes to problem solving. She embodies the full spirit of a CRRN - she is professional, a mentor and role model to all staff and ready to support and accomplish the mission of the hospital. She has embraced role of coordinating staff education going above and beyond to help advocate for patients and staff. She works hard to do excellent education programs and makes them fun as well. She encourages staff to grow and develop, whether it is getting more education, obtaining certification or going back to school. She is a highly valued asset to our team.

Moriah Vellani, CRRN was awarded the Sandra Marriner Certified Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year Award. This special award was established as a way to commemorate Sandra Marriner, a Certified Rehabilitation Nurse at NERHP, who passed away in 2010. Sandra Marriner was a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) who worked at NERH for many years.  Her specialty was spinal cord injury nursing, but no matter what types of patients she cared for, her work reflected her dedication to nursing practice in the rehabilitation setting. Upon her retirement, an annual award in her honor was named for a fellow CRRN who best exemplifies the attributes of their profession. The recipient is nominated by peers, co-workers, and physicians. Moriah provides great leadership on the floor and is excellent at communicating information. She is a member of the stroke team. She interacts in a calm and sincere manner and provides excellent interdisciplinary care for her patients, either as a charge nurse or a nurse on the floor; she is approachable and attentive to patients needs. She is a wonderful charge nurse, is an adept educator and a great asset to our facility. She takes the time to follow up with the therapist and patients when there is a question or concern. She exemplifies rehab nursing. She provides excellent comprehensive care to her patients and works very well with the physicians and other staff.

The Rehabilitation Services Award, which spotlights employees who work to improve patient care and contribute behind the scenes, was presented to Maine Medical Center’s Brighton Campus Respiratory Therapy Department: Ann Callnan, Cindy Johnston, Rolayne Ames, Julie Rutherford, Patricia Martin, Norma Hays, and Chris Salamone.

Along with these honors, the hospital acknowledged staff members with years of service from five to thirty-five years:

Five Years:
Laurie Wasielewski
Courtney Ottoson
Vivien Russe
Cerissa Robinson
Lynda Leonardi
Joe Dacey
Tammy Carpenter
Moriah Vellani
Laura Young

Rehab Liason
PT Team Leader 

Ten Years:
Beth McGrath
Trish Pomroy
Lashell Moon
Aline Schultz
Nancy Lizotte
Becky Desmarais
Faith Moritz

Nursing Scheduler
Administrative Assistant
CRRN Nurse Manager

Fifteen Years:
Trisha Allen
Deb Boothby
Kathleen Morey
Diane Perreault
Rhoda Bilodeau
Christine Spear
Jeanine Chesley
Kathy Stuchiner

Regional DQR 

Twenty Years:
Deborah McNally
Andrea Feller Linsmith
Mia Richerson
Kathy Kroll
Debora Caldwell
Donna Hedlund
Susan Layton
Wendy Lombard

Administrative Supervisor
Certified Case Manager
Senior Rehab Liason
Enrichment Therapist
Infection Control Practitioner
Certified Case Manager 

Twenty-Five Years:
David Hesselink
William Redding
Richard Webster
Jen Villacci
Annette Coulombe
Elissa Charbonneau, DO    

Chief Medical Officer 

Thirty Years:
Kristina Myrbeck
Denita Prescott
Marcy Skelton
Coleen McGeachey

Unit Secretary
Medical Staff Credentialing Specialist

Thirty-Five Years:
Jana Frank

Source: New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland

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