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OT Student Shines!!!


Marissa Heller receives her certificate from ASAHP.

Marissa with her certificate from ASAHP

Marissa Heller, a student in the Occupational Therapy Department has a lot to be thankful for...but it was her hard work that led to receiving 2 awards in a one week period of time.

Marissa was part of the team that won the Grand Prize in the Patient Engagement Track at the 2nd annual Health Hack at Jefferson (Nov 5-6, 2016).  The team created a prototype of a medical device that prevents perineal tearing during vaginal deliveries. The device simulates perineal massage that used to be performed by nurses in the 2nd stage of delivery (6-10 cm dilated). Ultimately the goal is to promote a return to Activities of Daily Living and time for mother-infant bonding while also decreasing medical costs related to perineal repair surgery and improving quality outcomes in hospitals.

Marissa also was one of 12 recipients nationwide of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Scholarship for Excellence.  This Scholarship recognizes outstanding students in health programs who are achieving excellence in their academic pursuits and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles.  In her award letter, it stated that Marissa was selected because she epitomizes the following qualities: academic achievement, service to the school and community, leadership, diversity in activities, and evidence of strong communication skills.

Congratulations Marissa!