Nurse manager receives Health Care Hero Award

Jackie Felker, nurse manager at Jewish Senior Life, recently received a Health Care Hero Award in the health care staff category from Rochester Business Journal.

The award was created to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making an impact on the quality of health care in the area.

Felker has worked with Jewish Senior Life for three years and is head nurse manager for the mySuccess short-term rehabilitation program. She oversees a clinical team whose goal is to provide the best patient experience possible.

Under Felker’s leadership, the mySuccess program expanded its capacity from 66 to 88 patients. Her clinical and mentorship skills helped reduce hospital readmission rates by 5% and shorten the lengths of the hospital stays.

 

Rochester soldier completes Officer Candidate School

Joshua Craft, of Rochester, recently received an officer’s commission as a second lieutenant in the Aviation branch of the New York Army National Guard after completing Officer Candidate School.

Craft will go on to serve with a 642nd Support Battalion.

Officer Candidate School is a three-phase training course that lasts approximately 15 months to prepare officer candidates for the challenges and opportunities to lead soldiers in the National Guard.

 

RIT alumnus named 2020-21 Minett Professor

Rochester Institute of Technology’s newest Frederick H. Minett Professor is alumnus Orlando Ortiz. He is the 29th person appointed to this position, which was established in 1991.

The Minett Professorship brings local multicultural professionals to RIT to share their professional knowledge and experience with students, faculty and staff for one academic year.

Ortiz started working in the manufacturing industry in 1998 and has served as a manufacturing manager with Gleason Works for the past seven years.

Ortiz said he wants to focus on strengthening RIT’s ties to the nonprofit organizations he is involved with, including Foodlink and PathStone. He wants to use his experience in the manufacturing industry to expose more underrepresented minority students to career opportunities in the field, encourage student involvement in clubs and organizations, and increase the community’s awareness of the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars program.