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Posted July 9, 2010
Sara Vinci - July Employee of the Month

Sara Vinci is the July 2010 All Children's Hospital Employee of the Month.   Sara works in Occupational Therapy as an Occupational Therapist and has been with All Children's since 2008.  A fellow employee recognized Sara's Service Excellence and nominated her for Employee of the Month honors.  The employee said:
Sara Vinci, OT

Sara currently follows a patient in the PICU. She has definitely gone above and beyond the call of duty with this patient. She had been working with this patient on the use of a computer access system, which she borrowed and then had set up on loan as a trial.  This computer access system enabled the patient to have independent access to her laptop, the World Wide Web and iTunes, as she loves music and singing. But most importantly, this gives the patient her independence in an age appropriate activity, which her body otherwise does not allow her to do because the patient cannot move her arms or legs. 

After some assistance and practice with the software system by Sara, the patient can now independently and successfully control the hands-free mouse on her own by manipulating the cursor with her head, the only part of her body she can move.  Being able to do this has given the patient an enormous amount of independence, integrity and confidence.  This gift of independence is something most of us take for granted, but for this patient, her independence is priceless. 

Sara is now working with Case Management on obtaining funding to purchase the computer access system for the patient.  All of this could not have happened without the hard work and caring attitude that Sara so clearly provided for this patient. 

Sara's Department Director added:

Sara went above and beyond in helping out this medically complex patient.  She took the time to explore the patient's options in order to optimize the patient's independence and help her have control of what the she enjoys most.  I'm very pleased with Sara's Service Excellence and the positive outcome this provided for the patient we are so privileged to care for. 

Sara, thank you for your outstanding Service Excellence and all you do for our kids.  Congratulations for receiving the July 2010 Employee of the Month honors!