Meet Mary Jean McKeveny, 2022 Veteran VIP Winner
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Mary Jean McKeveny argues that for caregivers to be successful, they must take care of themselves.
“Mary Jean believes that self-care is essential to a caregiver’s ability to care for others, and she is committed to helping others master the tools they need to recharge and relax,” said Dennine Cook, director of public relations for Gurwin Health System.
McKeveny achieves this by teaching tai chi to his staff, introducing them to crystals and stones, and guiding them through meditations.
“She is a teacher and mentor and can often be found leading nursing home staff in short meditations to help them decompress and reset,” Cook explained.
McKeveny’s conviction has stayed with her throughout her nearly 30 years of work in home care. Prior to joining Gurwin in 2018, she held a long tenure at ArchCare at Home in the role of advancing clinical innovation.
In her current role as Director of Clinical Innovation, she works across departments and on a variety of projects to improve care transitions and implement technology to improve care.
She also works with the Gurwin Jewish HealthCare Foundation to apply for grants aimed at improving care transitions, innovating dementia care initiatives, and increasing clinical growth.
In addition to McKeveny’s work in healthcare, she is also passionate about research and has worked with Weill-Cornell on care for older adults with depression, collaboration for quality improvement in care transitions from the United Hospital Fund and the Stony Brook Medication Management Clinical Trial.
She has also presented to several national and local clinical groups on topics such as telehealth, nurse coaching, implementing care transitions, and home care. As a result of this and her work at ArchCare and Gurwin, she was named National Program Director of the Year by the Visiting Nurse Association of America.
In addition to her many other accolades, McKeveny is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College School of Nursing (her alma mater) and received the St. Joseph’s College Alumni Achievement Award in Health Care and Human Services.
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