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Cook-Off Celebrates Sinus Center-OR Connection

Brie Dean, surgical tech, (second from right) won an iPad mini at the Hot Wings Cook-Off. With her are (from left) Martin Hopp, MD, PhD, Mahmoud Samie and Mark Gavens.

The partnership between the Sinus Center and the operating room staff turned into a tasty competition recently, during the Hot Wings Cook-Off sponsored by the Sinus Center.

Gwen Blackman, surgical tech, (left, with Martin Hopp, MD, PhD) also won an iPad mini.

Staff members from 3OR (from left) Arlene Gabat, RN, Inigo Noriega, RN, and Vivian Escalante, surgical tech.

Eight people put their culinary skills to the test during the Jan. 30 cook-off in the 3OR nurses lounge. The winners were Brie Dean and Gwen Blackman, surgical techs in 3OR. Dean and Blackman each won an iPad mini. Each participant received a Starbucks gift card.

More than 30 nurses, physicians and allied health professionals attended the event. Judges included Mark Gavens, senior vice president for Clinical Care Services and chief operating officer; Mahmoud Samie, director of Service Line Operations; Narine Vardanyan, MHA, administrative service associate; Martin Hopp, MD, PhD, medical director of the Sinus Center; and Bernadette Carandang, CN III.

The Sinus Center staff put the event together to thank the OR for its continued partnership and to enjoy one another's company.

Nurses in 3OR and the physicians of the Sinus Center have a special relationship in that collectively, they make it possible to continue the collection of patient data for numerous Sinus Center quality-assurance programs:

  • The Sino Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22)
  • The Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Q7
  • Appropriateness of Surgery

The relationship also has aided several Institutional Review Board studies and, most important, helps lead to excellent patient care.

More than 88 percent of patients show improvement one year after sinus surgery at the Sinus Center, and an important reason for that is the great relationship between the OR team and the skilled surgeons of the Sinus Center.