On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) received the Program Excellence Award from Medstar Washington Hospital Center and the Board of Directors as recognition for the success of the BERT Program. The BERT Team is comprised of Registered Nurses, Social Workers and Mental Health Technician to respond in a supportive manner to all areas of the hospital for patients who are showing signs of psychiatric crisis or acute behavioral health symptoms.
From Left: Kathleen Timmons, Director Public Safety, Facility Management- Protection Services; Kathy Nasman,
Nursing Director of Unit 2C; Joe Denicola, Executive Director, Psychiatry Inpatient and Emergency Services;
Karen Johnson, MD, FAPM, Psychiatrist; Leola Jenkins, LICSW, Interim Director of Admissions
From Back Left: Edith Akanji, BERT Behavioral Health Tech; Ambus Harper, LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician; Tony, White, Phd,
LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician; Cortez Scott, LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician; Scott Wakefield, LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician.
Middle left: Jonathan Ekeagwu, BERT Behavioral Health Tech; Erica Taylor, LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician; Jeanette Bruce,
LICSW, BERT Intake Clinician; Loretta Claye, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Director; Leola Jenkins, LICSW, Interim Director of Social Work.
Front kneeling: Joe Denicola, Executive Director - Psychiatry Inpatient and Emergency Services