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October 2006

Sukie Connolly, RN

Occupational Health

Star Performer, Sukie Connolly"The MVP of the Environment of Care at Lowell General Hospital," is how co-workers describe Sukie Connolly, RN, our October Star Performer of the Month.

In her multi-faceted roles as the Manager of Occupational Health, Emergency Management Coordinator, and a per-Diem RN in Labor & Delivery, Sukie proves that no task is ever too large or too small. She is known to eagerly take on new responsibilities, no matter how hectic things get. For example, after September 11, 2001, Emergency Management was made a top priority at the regional, state, and local levels. Sukie took on Emergency Management leadership at Lowell General Hospital, and has raised the bar on Emergency Management at Lowell General to a level that is unsurpassed by any other community hospital in this area.

"Some people would say that this is too much for one person to do," says co-worker Brendan Riley of the Security Department. He says that Sukie has always come through for Lowell General Hospital, and her accomplishments here are amazing. Co-worker Patricia Basque of Human Resources describes Sukie as "instrumental" in developing core safety programs at Lowell General Hospital. Patricia says that Sukie is known as the backbone of the Safety Committee, and has helped spearhead the Workplace Violence Program at Lowell General Hospital.

Her commitment to the hospital is shown through her strong relationship with the Lowell Fire Department and the City of Lowell Emergency Management Team. The state of Massachusetts personally requested Sukie's assistance in the triaging of individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina at Otis Air Force Base. She has procured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal government to improve the hospital's disaster readiness and physical security. She has been awarded numerous grants for her work and expertise in emergency management and she is an instructor for the Citizens Emergency Response Team in Lowell.

Sukie lives in Nashua with her husband John, and they have two children. In her spare time she enjoys working in her gardens, attending her daughter Megan's basketball games at UNH, or spending time with her sisters on the beaches of Maine.

Congratulations, Sukie. You're a Star!

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