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Hometown healthcare heroes at Massey

In the May 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, four Massey staff members were recognized as “Hometown Healthcare Heroes.”

The winners were selected by a panel of community members based on their community involvement, dedication to the field of healthcare and commitment to improve services and procedures.

The following Massey staff members were recognized.

Donna Cox
As the manager of Massey’s Magical Touch Salon, Donna Cox “applies her skills as a licensed cosmetologist to help patients take charge of their appearance after chemotherapy hair loss. Offering compassionate consultation—as well as a selection of wigs, turbans, scarves and hats—she prepares them for the cosmetic transformations they will undergo and she empowers them with a range of options.”


John McCarty, M.D.

Considered personable and caring by his patients and staff, John McCarty “has been known to sing the National Anthem to his patients and be plunged by them into dunking booths to raise money for cancer research.

He is a health care hero for his leadership of theBone Marrow Transplant Program at Massey and excellence in patient care.”


Ellie Coyne

Considered by staff and patients as a fixture of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, volunteer coordinator Ellie Coyne “helps lift the spirits of patients who suffer from chronic illness by providing bedside reading, music, reflexology and more.

A champion of dignity and quality of life, she caters to the unique circumstances, needs and wishes of each patient.”


Mandy Gatesman, Pharm.D.

Mandy Gatesman is an oncology pharmacist at Massey “whose leadership through the recent global shortages of common chemotherapy drugs has distinguished her as a health care hero. While stories of patients being denied treatment circulated throughout the country, she worked with Massey leaders to develop protocols to forestall disruption of patient care due to the shortages.

Aside from rising to the challenge of a potential crisis, she provides exceptional service to patients on a daily basis.”

To see the full article in Our Health Richmond, visit http://smcclintic769411.uberflip.com/i/124973.

Written by: Alaina Schneider

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Category: Clinical news