WVUH endoscopy nurse recognized nationally

Fay Massullo, R.N., receives SGNA’s Gabriele Schindler Award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Fay Massullo, R.N., who works in the endoscopy section of West Virginia University Hospitals’ Ruby Day Surgery Center, has been named the recipient of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Inc. Gabriele Schindler Award.

Each year, the society honors gastroenterology and endoscopy professionals dedicated to the field and committed to patient care. The award goes to “an individual who demonstrates excellence in gastroenterology clinical practice and who exemplifies the skill, knowledge and compassion of Gabriele Schindler, the first recorded gastrointestinal assistant and an early pioneer of gastroenterology patient care.”

Massullo has worked at WVU Hospitals for more than 30 years. In 1984, she became the hospitals’ first gastroenterology nurse. She received the award in St. Louis in May.

In their nomination, coworkers Patty DeVito, R.N., and Cathy Price, R.N., wrote, “One of only three nurses in the north-central West Virginia region who can perform esophageal manometries, Fay is a leader in her field and has worked closely with physicians to develop a top-notch endoscopy department.” Esophageal manometry is a test that determines how well the muscle in the esophagus works.

Lynda Bush, endoscopy manager, added, “Fay has demonstrated her dedication to her patients with her kind and loving attitude here in our unit for many years, but also with her many years of service outside of her job to help patients. She is a shining example of true dedication to helping people, and we are honored to have her work in our unit and represent our institution.”

In accepting the award, Massullo said, “There are so many emotions that go with receiving this award. I had heard of tears of joy, but now I have experienced them… There isn’t any thing that I have done that I did because I thought I would receive an award for it. I did what I did because that is me.”

For information on WVU Hospitals see http://health.wvu.edu/.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 05-28-09

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