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Three BWHers and one Partners employee were honored last week with Greater Boston YMCA Black Achiever Awards for professional achievements and commitment to community service. Gloria Castro, operations supervisor for the NICU, Denise Garrow-Pruitt, BWPO practice manager, Sheila Grant, Operating Room flow manager, and Brenda Messervy, corporate director of IS, were recognized at BWH’s Celebration of the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 1.
“To be honored with a Black Achiever Award, individuals must have a demonstrated history of professional achievement, as well as the potential for future development and agree to commit to at least 40 hours of community service,” said Angela Crutchfield, director of Organizational Development and Learning in Human Resources.
Castro, Garrow-Pruitt and Grant will volunteer at Cradles to Crayons. Messervy will volunteer with YearUp Boston. The winners also were recognized at the YMCA Awards Gala Feb. 5.
Gloria Castro has spent 31 years at BWH, beginning in the Medical Records Department and transferring to the NICU in 1989. She became the operations supervisor in 1997 and oversees 18 unit coordinators and six unit service assistants. She volunteers at Saint Angela’s Church in Mattapan and with the state Department of Education’s Metco Program. She is also a Spanish translator for the Family Readiness Group attached to her brother’s National Guard Unit. Castro earned her bachelor’s degree from Lesley University in 2005.
Denise Garrow-Pruitt also was elected president of the Black Achievers Class of 2008. For the past 11 years, she has been the BWPO practice manager in Norwood, where she manages five primary care physicians, four specialists and 20 support staff. Outside of BWH, Garrow-Pruitt also teaches college courses and earned her doctorate in health care education from Nova Southeastern University. She also volunteers with the First Congregational Church in Natick.
Sheila Grant began her career at BWH in 1972 as a patient care assistant. She took advantage of on-site clinical education programs offered by the hospital and worked to become a labor and delivery coach. She then became a surgical technician in the Center for Labor and Birth. Named lead surgical tech in 2004, Grant was then promoted to Operating Room flow manager in 2005. She is a two-time recipient of the Ella Adams Teaching Award, which is presented annually by the OB/GYN doctors and residents.
Brenda Messervy began her tenure in PHS Information Systems five years ago. She worked as the IS finance manager for three years before being promoted to corporate director of IS administration in 2006. Her responsibilities span market research, solutions delivery, space needs, intellectual property, the IS Intranet, financial management and professional growth. Through an IS training and mentoring program for low-income urban youth, she meets monthly with a high school graduate to provide career and educational guidance, support and advice. Messervy also teaches Sunday school at the Metro West Baptist Church in Wellesley and volunteers with YearUp Boston.