News at Medicine - January 2018 - Faculty of Medicine staff receives presidential honour

Faculty of Medicine staff receives presidential honour
January 8, 2018
Dr. Gary Kachanoski presented the President’s Awards for 2017, honouring outstanding educators, researchers, staff members and community partners.

The president’s awards recognize excellence in public engagement, teaching, research, service to Memorial and community service. The awards were formally presented at a special ceremony on the St. John’s campus on Dec. 13.
Barbara Morrissey received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service. According to her citation, Ms. Morrissey has been an integral part of the Discipline of Family Medicine since 2005. As the clinical operations manager, her knowledge of the discipline enables her to provide direction and support to faculty, staff and students.
For students and residents who rotate through the faculty’s teaching sites, Ms. Morrissey is the key contact. She ensures they have a productive learning experience and prepares them for their next role as doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the world.
Ms. Morrissey was the driving force behind the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) in all of the discipline’s clinical sites and helped with the EMR start-up at two community-based practices. She was the lead developer and implementation manager of family medicine’s Torbay Road clinic in St. John’s and Shamrock Clinic in Ferryland. In doing this, she paid careful attention to develop these clinics, as well as existing family medicine clinics, according to the Patient’s Medical Home Model (a program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada). She manages the operation of four family medicine clinics in St. John’s, as well as the Shamrock Clinic. She was also heavily involved with the establishment of Downtown Collaborative Medical Services, a community-based approach to providing care to underserved populations in the city.
Ms. Morrissey was integral in the development of new clinical space for the family practice unit. She was involved with everything from the development of site drawings, negotiating with architects and funders, interactions with government departments, and dealing with the detailed aspects of creating a new clinical area. She was also instrumental in developing Family Medicine’s Refugee Health Clinic. This clinic originally had no extra funding, however, due to her efforts, a permanent nurse practitioner position was created. 
“Excellence, leadership and dedication are transformative for an organization — and that’s why it’s important that we celebrate your contributions and achievements, and, most importantly, to say thank you,” said Dr. Kachanoski at the ceremony. “Thank you for everything you do.”
Ms. Morrisey was one of five to receive the President’s Awards for Exemplary Service, which is presented to employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and/or who have made significant contributions to the university community beyond that normally expected for their positions.