Employee Recognition - Canandaigua VA Medical Center
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center


Employee Recognition

Therapy dog with patient

Boo Boo spends one day a week visiting patients.

Thursday, December 2, 2010



The Spirit of Planetree Awards were created to promote patient-centered care by publicly recognizing individuals, programs and services that support extraordinary achievement.
Caregiver Award- This award recognizes that each caregiver has a unique opportunity to positively influence the way health care is delivered.

Wanda Martinez - lives the parallel that exists between her personal philosophy- -in giving the highest quality you can; and our facility's mission. -“to care for Veterans with compassion and excellence.”She believes that  delivering  quality care to Veterans is also about understanding and inclusion of their cultural values .She has done this by plunging herself in to help across a wide range of need —even if it is on her day off  . Wanda served as a nursing assistant until recently when she was asked to help out in SPD. Her unit co-workers described her as "being a good person", who "gets along with everyone", and "takes really good care of the residents". Residents say: "she listens to me", "she explains things to me"; "she knows what she's doing", and "I like her". Family members describe her as kind, thorough, trustworthy, and as one who keeps her word.

Physician Champion Award- This award recognizes a physician who champions the Planetree model of patient-centered care and whose actions demonstrate him or her  to be a role model for other medical staff members.

Shirish Patel, M.D. - is the Chief of Psychiatry here at the CVAMC  and is also the Lead Psychiatrist for VISN 2.   He is  an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry,  board certified in General Psychiatry and holds certification in Psychiatric Administration and Management. In March 2009, Dr.  Patel took a sabbatical to devote 6 months of his work in the research of Recovery. Since his return he and several staff have worked and produced a research-in-progress abstract,  “Recovery Path: A Prototype Clinic as a Proof-Of-Concept for Patient-Centered Care.”.  The abstract was recently accepted for a poster presentation at the 23rd Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress to be held in Kissimmee, FL, from November 19-20, 2010.
Therapy Animal Award- This award acknowledges an animal and handler who improve the quality of life and emotional well being of those we serve through the warmth and comfort of therapy visits.

Boo Boo - is a two year old Golden Retriever therapy dog trained by Peg Owens, Associate Director Canandaigua VAMC. Boo Boo is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and a TDI registered therapy dog who is very enthusiastic about his job!  After 6 months of training, his first day on the job  began in January, 2010 and he spends one day a  week touring the facility with Recreation Therapist Lucy Olson . Boo Boo  is a welcomed addition to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center!



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