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1005, 2021

Kathleen Kelly NP joined OHC last June

Kathleen Kelly NP joined OHC last June to help with the pandemic. She has worked at a construction sites, flu clinics, covered at Sanofi and an integral part of the Nurse Response team for Moderna. We are happy to have Kathleen as part of our team. Here is Kathleen’s story: It has been a pleasure being a nurse for 33 years. I am very grateful to have been [...]

1005, 2021

Colleen Cudgma RN joined us about a year ago

Colleen Cudgma RN joined us about a year ago. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team. Colleen has worked for us at Beth Israel in Plymouth, Brigham & Women’s and Insulet. Here is her story: Growing up, my aunt Linda, an LPN, used to visit my family every weekend before her 3-11 pm shift at the hospital. She was only 14 years older than me, [...]

1005, 2021

Julie Ferrantino joined OHC this year

Julie Ferrantino joined OHC this year and is a pleasure to work with. Here is her story: Hi! My name is Julie Ferrantino, and I have been a nurse for 16 years. I went to nursing school after taking a job at Memorial Hospital in Worcester when I was 18 and being fascinated by the nursing staff. I started working there in the patient transport department and absolutely [...]

605, 2021

Claire Hopkins RN Nursing Story

Claire Hopkins RN recently joined OHC to help with some Covid vaccine clinics. We share the same passion for how the environment effects health! Here is her story: I found nursing later in life and held several jobs in different fields before finding the nursing profession. I see where I am now as a combination of the ideals I was raised with in conjunction with life experience. The [...]

605, 2021

Francis Sabas RN joined OHC this year

Francis Sabas RN joined OHC this year! Francis has been doing covid related stuff at Insulet & Advancia Aeronautics. He is a pleasure to work with. Here is Francis story: I am a new nurse originally from California who graduated in 2020 and am currently working as a nurse at Occupational Health Connections (OHC) and at a Cardiac Telemetry/Neuro unit at a local hospital Additionally, I am currently [...]

605, 2021

Susan Foley RN, BSN Nursing Story

Susan Foley RN, BSN is another nurse who return to OHC. She first started working for us back in 2010 for a few years and returned in 2020 and we were happy to welcome her back. She has been working for us at Amgen, WPI and Holy Cross. Here is Sue’s story: For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse. Do I think [...]

605, 2021

Lisa Greene RN has worked for OHC twice

Lisa Greene RN has worked for us twice – 2012 – 2014 and then returned to us in 2016 to present. We are always honored when the nurses return to us. Lisa has done a variety of assignments – Gillette, Beth Israel, Newton Wellesley, Dana Farber and Emerson Hospitals, Federal buildings, Novartis but she has definitely made a home at Children’s Hospital Occupational Health. Here is Lisa’s story: [...]

405, 2021

Ashley Vogiatzis MA joined OHC last July

Ashley Vogiatzis MA joined OHC last July as a medical assistant intern. We placed her at Sanofi and she thrived. We are so excited that she is going back to school to be an RN. Ashley, we look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you will accomplish! Here is Ashley’s story: Hi everyone. I have been working for Nancy for almost a year and it has been [...]

405, 2021

Sarah Carvell RN joined OHC in 2020

Sarah Carvell RN joined us in 2020 to help with testing and screening for Covid. This photo is of her at Holy Cross University in Worcester where she helps with covid testing for the students and faculty. Thanks Sarah for keeping the University safe. Here is Sarah’s story: I was a Junior at Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and had taken a physiology course, which made me realize how [...]

405, 2021

Tiffany Asta RN joined OHC this January

Tiffany Asta RN joined OHC this January as a remote telephonic covid resource nurse. She recently completed her Masters of Education in Health & Wellness Education. Well done Tiffany! Here is her story: 1983- I was 14 years old – My life changed with the impact of two things that directed me toward nursing: 1. For years I had watched Frazier Thomas on Sunday afternoon’s ‘Family Classics’. Those [...]

405, 2021

Angelica Frascolla’s Nursing Story

Angelica Frascolla RN joined OHC this month and we are glad she has joined our team. Here is her story: Growing up, I always admired my grandmother for the way she cared for others. Whether it be at her job as a Nurse, or at home; she showed compassion and empathy for others. She was my inspiration to go into nursing, and I was also a nerd for Anatomy [...]

405, 2021

Diane D’Onofrio’s Nursing Story

Please read Diane D’Onofrio’s nursing story – it will give you chills: I have been an RN since 1987. As a child, I spent a lot of time sitting in hospital waiting rooms as my mom visited my grandmother. I guess I always felt helpless because I couldn’t see her, yet I wanted her to get well and come home. I also had a great interest in watching [...]

2404, 2021

Eileen Brown RN has worked with OHC for 16 years!

Eileen Brown RN has worked with OHC for 16 years!!! She has worked for OHC at the Post Office general mail facility, Federal government buildings, Cambridge Health Alliance occ health clinic, Children’s & Brigham & Women’s Hospital doing flu shots, a summer at a construction site but most of the time in employee health at Dana Farber. Eileen is a pleasure to work with and we are always [...]

2404, 2021

Rita Banks RN has worked for OHC for 15 years!

Rita Banks RN has worked for OHC for 15 years!!! She makes me laugh every time I speak with her and she is always up for an adventure. Her OHC jobs have including working for the Federal government, U Mass Hospital, Solutia, Yankee Candle, Lowes Distribution Center, Smith & Wesson and more. We were so proud to go to Fenway Park to watch Rita throw out the first [...]

2404, 2021

Nancy & Paul Clover – Bread & Roses Volunteers

"It's the greatest feeling... I can't describe it." Our good pals Paul and Nancy Clover share a little about what they love about volunteering at Bread & Roses in this video! Paul and Nancy Clover have been involved with Bread & Roses for over 20 years. Nancy grew up in Lawrence on welfare and food stamps. She went to nursing school on a Pell Grant. The Clover’s are [...]

2404, 2021

Rakel Tavitian RN is on her first assignment for OHC

Rakel Tavitian RN is on her first assignment for OHC. She joined our team on a recommendation from another OHC nurse while she completes her NP schooling. We are happy to welcome Rakel to the OHC team!!! Here is Rakel’s story: I got a job 6 years ago at a nursing home to get my foot in the door in the healthcare field. Going into college, I thought [...]

1504, 2021

Kristina Pelletier RN joined OHC last September

Kristina Pelletier RN joined OHC last September. Kristina has helped with covid screenings at Worcester Poly Tech & Holy Cross College as well as the Amazon construction site & Insulet. She is flexible and helpful. We are glad she has joined our team. Here is Kristina’s story: Nursing is actually my second career. I was a hairstylist for over 5 years before going back to school full time [...]

1404, 2021

Barbara Giordani RN, COHN, CCM joined OHC last fall

Barbara Giordani RN, COHN, CCM joined OHC last fall but our paths have crossed for much longer! Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge including case management and utilization review. She is a snowbird – traveling to Florida for the winters. We are glad she is part of OHC when she is back in Massachusetts. Insulet was excited to have her back. Here is Barbara’s story: At the age of [...]

1404, 2021

Matt Morgan RN is new to nursing and OHC

Matt Morgan RN is new to nursing and OHC. He passed his RN boards in September and started picking up time with us shortly after. He has been picking up shifts at Insulet helping with covid screenings. His references stated he was clinically strong, awesome, fast learner, excellent communication and friendly disposition – all great assets for an occ health nurse! Here is Matt’s story: I went to [...]

1404, 2021

We are happy to celebrate Malissa Christeson RN wedding to Patrick O’Brien!

We are happy to celebrate Malissa Christeson RN wedding to Patrick O’Brien! Malissa has worked at multiple sites for OHC – Amgen in Cambridge, Moderna, Dana Farber, WPI, construction sites and now full time opening the occ health clinic in Woburn, MA. Please join us in celebrating Malissa’s wedding!!! Here is Malissa’s story: Hello! My name is Malissa O’Brien formerly known as Malissa Christeson. That’s right, I tied [...]

1104, 2021

Alison O’Neil RN joined OHC last August

Alison O’Neil RN joined OHC last August on the recommendation of her Mom, Beth, the employee health nurse at McLean’s Hospital. Alison had graduated only a few months before and was excited about seeing different sides to nursing. We are very happy she joined our team! Here is Alison’s story: I did not realize I wanted to be a nurse until I had graduated college. But I am [...]

1104, 2021

Kim Juric RN joined OHC about a year ago.

Kim Juric RN joined OHC about a year ago. She came at a perfect time as we were super busy, and she brought her expertise and a couple of friends to the OHC team! In her relatively short tenure, she has worked at multiple sites doing flu shots and covid vaccines, covid screenings and covid tracing including Insulet, Moderna, B&W, and BI Plymouth.  She brings great energy and [...]

904, 2021

Andrew Graham RN joined OHC right after he passed his RN boards

Andrew Graham RN joined OHC right after he passed his RN boards. He was also a new Dad to Kennedy! Talk about overachieving. He has worked at multiple sites for OHC. He is quite and competent and we are glad he joined our team. Here is Andrew’s story: Why nursing school: I never intended to go into healthcare. Nobody, even in my extended family, is involved in healthcare [...]

904, 2021

Lori Rumfelt RN has been a part of OHC for 2 years

Lori Rumfelt RN has been a part of OHC for 2 years. Her story is inspiring including having climbed all 67 Four Thousand Foot New England Mountains - an amazing feat!!!!!!!!! We are very happy Lori joined OHC. Here is Lori's story: I became an RN when I was forty years old. It was a profession I always looked up to having an aunt that was an RN [...]

904, 2021

Maureen Persson RN joined OHC in 2003

Maureen Persson RN joined OHC in 2003! Her enthusiasm and energy make her always welcome on assignments. It has been fun watching her grandchildren grow up and live vicariously with her amazing travels! Photo is Maureen with her husband, Jerry at one of OHC’s Holiday parties (I can’t wait until we can gather again) Here is Maureen’s story: As the oldest of a family of 5, there was [...]

904, 2021

Shauna Arapoff RN celebrated her 1 year anniversary with OHC in March

Shauna Arapoff RN celebrated her 1 year anniversary with OHC in March. Shauna brought lots of experience with her and really stepped up to assist Siemens at the beginning of the pandemic. Shauna is thoughtful and caring and it is a pleasure working with her! Here is Shauna’s story: My Nursing career started while working at Tufts Medical Center as a Nurse Technician. It was there I realized [...]

904, 2021

Emily Turner RN joined OHC in September

Emily Turner RN joined OHC in September and has quickly become an important member of our team. She has worked for us at Insulet, multiple construction sites and has been an integral part of the Moderna, nurse response team. Here is Emily’s story: Hi Everyone! My name is Emily and I have been a nurse for over a year. I am finishing up a direct entry master’s program [...]

704, 2021

Sandy Guilfoyle RN is the second longest OHC employee

Sandy Guilfoyle RN is the second longest OHC employee. She will be with OHC for 20 years on July 30th. She started as an LPN and went back to school for her RN. Sandy has been to more different sites than any other nurse. I cannot think of a client in Massachusetts that Sandy has not covered at. She is the first one to raise her hand for [...]

704, 2021

Arline Waecker RN, COHN, CCM joined OHC last June

Arline Waecker RN, COHN, CCM joined OHC last June. She has been working on a construction site in Maine. All the construction workers love her! This is Arline’s story: I had just gotten a divorce in the late 1970’s. I had to do something so I went to nursing school. It was not easy because I worked and had 7 year old. My work let me go to [...]

704, 2021

April Halloran RN joined OHC a year ago

April Halloran RN joined OHC a year ago. She has done a variety of assignments from covid testing for a cruise ship crew, multiple construction sites, flu and covid vaccines. April is flexible, efficient and askes all the right questions. We are very happy to have April as part of our team. Here is April’s story: I graduated with my BSN in nursing from UMass Boston in 2018. [...]

304, 2021

Hallick Lehmann RN joined OHC as a graduate nurse

Hallick Lehmann RN joined OHC as a graduate nurse and stayed once he passed his nursing boards to become a RN! Hallick and I share a love for a good margarita! Here is his story: I went to nursing school because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives on a more personal basis. People deserve to have someone listen to them, care for them, and advocate [...]

304, 2021

Richard Fontaine has been working for OHC for FIFTEEN years

Richard Fontaine has been working for OHC for FIFTEEN years! He has worked at so many companies during his tenure: Federal government, Post Office, Biogen, Dana Farber, Newton Wellesley, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Astra Zeneca, Shire, and Liberty Mutual. His primary sites currently are Gillette and Sanofi. Richard’s dry sense of humor and knowledge of current events makes him wonderful to work with. Here is his story: I [...]

304, 2021

Kim Begin RN has worked for OHC for 4 years

Kim Begin RN has worked for OHC for 4 years. She has done multiple sites including Raytheon, Liberty Mutual, Lahey Clinic, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Pfizer, Brooksby Village, and more. All of these sites always request Kim to return. Kim is flexible, hard working and helpful. We are grateful she is part of our team! Here is Kim’s inspiring story: I was a welfare brat! And lived in a [...]

304, 2021

Sydney Knoll RN joined OHC in 2020

Sydney Knoll RN joined OHC in 2020 and immediately became an important member of our team. She has helped with covid screenings and testing at Insulet and Holy Cross but her primary role for us is part of the Nurse Response Team for Moderna. Why you went to nursing school? I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field but was unsure which route to go. While [...]

304, 2021

Kitzia Colliard RN joined OHC this year while she is in school to get her NP.

Kitzia Colliard RN joined OHC this year while she is in school to get her NP. Here is Kitzia's story: Why nursing school?: I have always known that I wanted to be involved in healthcare however, my path towards that goal changed. Throughout my life my original goal had always been to pursue a career as a medical doctor but it is not until my time as a [...]

2603, 2021

Jen Stanton, NP has been working with OHC since September 2020

Jen Stanton, NP has been working with OHC since September 2020. Here is Jen’s story: I began my educational journey in 1992 attending Middlesex Community College with no idea of what I wanted to do for a career. I took a course called Freshman Seminar and based on my career aptitude scores I learned that my interests were working with people as a health care provider. My first [...]

2603, 2021

Stephanie Grant Ruddock joined OHC in 2020.

Stephanie Grant Ruddock joined OHC shortly after she got married in 2020. She has had the opportunity to work at Insulet, Gillette and doing covid vaccines. The photo is of her giving her first covid vaccine! She approaches all assignments with an eagerness to learn. We are glad Stephanie is part of our team. Stephanie Ruddock Nursing Story: I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology [...]

2603, 2021

Carla Collins NP has been working with OHC since 2017.

Carla Collins NP has been working with OHC since 2017. During this time she had an adorable baby boy. It has been fun working with Carla and watching Theo grow up. Here is Carla's story: I spent the year of 2007 travelling abroad, teaching English, and considering what to do with my life. As the daughter of a rural pediatrician I have always held a strong interest in [...]

2603, 2021

Caitlin Jachimczyk RN is one of our family teams.

Caitlin Jachimczyk RN is one of our family teams. Her Mom also works for OHC and they job share early morning covid clearances at a organic meat packing company. We are happy to have Caitlin as part of our team! Here is Caitlin's story: I went to nursing school because I knew I wanted to follow in my mother’s footsteps and care for those in need. I have [...]

2603, 2021

Gail Maniscalco RN joined OHC is 2020!

Gail Maniscalco RN joined OHC is 2020 – she job shares with another nurse at the Siemen’s site in Tarrytown, NY. Here is Gail’s story: Just a summary of my history. I graduated from college with a psychology degree and a minor in biology. I had three children very quickly..... I worked at the New York telephone company for a short period and then stayed home with the [...]

2603, 2021

Nicole McIrney RN joined OHC this year to help with covid vaccinations and testing.

Nicole McIrney RN joined OHC this year to help with covid vaccinations and testing. She graduated with a BSN from Quinnipiac University in 2019. Nicole has done a great job answering covid vaccine questions and helping people feel comfortable receiving the vaccine. Here is Nicole’s story: Growing up with my mom as a RN was a huge part in why I myself went to nursing school. I had [...]

2503, 2021

Linda Lindell RN has been working with OHC for years

Linda Lindell RN has been working with OHC for years - most recently as a per diem nurse doing flu shots, covid vaccines, and covid screenings at multiple construction sites. Linda is so pleasant to work with and she makes beautiful greeting cards when she is not traveling with her family. Here is Linda's nursing story: When I was a little girl I used to find injured Rabbits [...]

2503, 2021

Jake (John) Schabacker RN joined OHC’s team this August.

Jake (John) Schabacker RN joined OHC’s team this August. He has helped with covid screening, testing, and vaccinations at biotech companies, a construction site and even a cruise ship. Jake is in the blue scrubs in this photo. Here is his story: It was the turn of the millennium and I had just graduated college with a BA in psychology, something I had planned on building on with [...]

2503, 2021

OHC is congratulating Emily Fredrickson on her new job.

OHC is congratulating Emily Fredrickson on her new job. OHC will miss her but excited for her new adventure in nursing! After graduating from BC’s Direct Entry Nursing Program last year, I heard about Occupational Health Connections from a fellow classmate and friend. Though I never pictured myself working in an occupational health nursing role, since I was on the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track, I was intrigued and [...]

2203, 2021

Jane Kelly RN has been working with OHC for almost 3 years

Jane Kelly RN has been working with OHC for almost 3 years. She is one of the most creative nurses that we work with – always coming up with innovative ideas. She also has a large collection of ceramic frogs she keeps in her front yard and I laugh every time she gets a new one. Here is Jane Kelly’s story ... I loved science in high school, [...]

2103, 2021

Milda Walkley RN worked for OHC for over 10 years and now is happily retired.

Milda Walkley RN worked for OHC for over 10 years and now is happily retired. Here is Milda's story: The phone rang. A recruiter asked if I had ER experience. Yes. “Would you like to cover for an industrial nurse?” (Thinking she must mean industrious nurse, aren’t all nurses industrious?) “for 6 weeks in a factory”. Silly woman, nurses don’t work in factories. And so, my baptism as [...]

2103, 2021

Judy Wu RN, BSN has been with OHC since 2013

Judy Wu RN, BSN has been with OHC since 2013 - she has had assignments at multiple hospital sites including: Brigham & Women's, Beth Israel, Carney, Spaulding, Good Smartian, MGH, Dana Farber, and Lahey. As well as assignments for the Federal Government, Liberty Mutual and Shire. We are grateful to have Judy as part of or team! Judy Wu's story: I selected a nursing for my professional career [...]

2003, 2021

Leigh Poitevent, NP has worked for OHC off and on for the last couple of years.

Leigh Poitevent NP has worked for OHC off and on for the last couple of years. Her current assignment is converting her to a full time employee – Congratulations Leigh! Here is Leigh’s story: I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field- I come from a family of medical professionals both grandmothers and my own mother were nurses. I saw, first hand, that caring for [...]

1603, 2021

Shayla Monteiro RN has been working with OHC since Oct 2020!

Shayla Monteiro RN has been working with OHC since Oct 2020 – we are glad she choose to join our team! Here is Shayla’s nursing story! Why you went to nursing school: I always knew that I wanted a job where I could work with others and help people. I love that there are so many options in the field of nursing and different specialties. I knew that [...]

1503, 2021

Larry Reich RN, COHN-S

Larry Reich RN, COHN-S Story I am a retired Army Nurse — Right after graduating Nursing School I went on active duty and have been assigned to many posts and positions During my last tour, I was assigned to Keller Army Hospital at West Point. The local Army Reserve Units would do their 2 weeks of active duty, working with us at Keller. I met a reservist that [...]

1403, 2021

Sheila Wilson RN, BSN, MPH has been an OHC employee since 2013!

Sheila Wilson RN, BSN, MPH has been an OHC employee since 2013! Here is her story! It was May 1979. As I stood in line with my classmates to receive our diplomas, I could feel my emotions running high. I looked in the stands and saw the people that supported me and the tears just started running down my face. I am blessed, I am going to be [...]

1003, 2021

Nurse Joan Chane retires after 13 years working for OHC!

Nurse Joan Chane retires after 13 years working for OHC!!! We wish her much health, happiness and adventures! Mom told me I would become a nurse when I was about 10 years old – I never questioned it – The choice was simple. So it started with a certificate program after high school at Mercy Hospital. This was the beginning of a long road to achieve what I searched [...]

303, 2021

Plum Island woman plays small part in saving world

Plum Island woman plays small part in saving world By Jim Sullivan [email protected] | The Daily News of Newburyport An occupational health nurse recently made a vow to herself that she’d do whatever she could to help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to some help from her employer, Fran Gerroir, who works at Occupational Health Connections in Methuen, has spent the past few weeks [...]

303, 2021

Ellen Dobson is celebrating 20 years at Occ Health Connections!

Ellen's journey: The years, how fast they have gone by. Looking back over my nursing career, I see myself as a new grad from U.Mass Boston in 1986; floor nursing, supervisor, home health, employee health/infection control. I found I like working with people instead of bacteria/viruses and thus pursued employee health/ occupational health. A chance phone call from Nancy Clover at a manufacturing health services dept. I was [...]

2510, 2020

Celebrating OHC’s 20 years of success!

May 1, 2020 was OHC’s 20th Birthday! A quick reflection: Started the business in my living room with a small desk, computer and a land line that also could fax (yup no cell phones yet) My son, Joey was 10 and my daughter, Teri, was 2. Paul was still working at Arthur D Little. I still work out of my living room but my desk now takes up 2 [...]

2110, 2020

5 Questions You Should Ask

5 Questions You Should Ask Patients During An Occupational Health Hearing Screening An occupational hearing screening is highly important. Not only can it determine whether an employee is hearing well enough to perform their job duties, it can also help deduce if noise hazards in the workplace are causing a person hearing damage. A occupational hearing healthcare practitioner’s duty is to ensure nothing is missed during this examination. [...]

110, 2020

OSHA’s new FAQs

OSHA’s new FAQs The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus. OSHA’s new FAQs provide information to help employers apply the agency’s existing injury and illness recording and reporting requirements to the coronavirus. In particular, the FAQs provide guidance on [...]

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