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Mind, Heart and Spirit Awardees

Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards. These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. Beginning in 2013, the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards shifted their focus on our young alumni who have graduated within the last decade.

2016 Honoree:

Ginelle McPherson
Certified Clinical Application Analyst, Hartford HealthCare's CareConnect


With an unwavering passion for community service and helping others, Ginelle McPherson works as a certified clinical application analyst on Hartford HealthCare's (HHC) CareConnect project team. The initiative is designed to transform the way patient care is provided and coordinated through the use of industry-leading software. McPherson's project focuses on successful charging implementation, reporting and third-party system integration.

McPherson came to HHC in Connecticut in 2009 as a volunteer with more than eight years of clinical experience as a certified clinical perfusionist before transitioning to her present position in 2014. She has also worked as a program manager at Hartford Hospital's Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center; laboratory director and staff perfusionist for the Hospital Clinical Services Group at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Detroit, Mich.; and staff perfusionist at Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.
Her volunteer service includes board work for the Foundation for Educational Opportunities, Inc. and The Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Inc. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter) and The Links, Inc. (Greater Hartford Chapter).

"She was always kind and compassionate, however Ginelle's years at Duquesne University provided her with formal knowledge about community service and service to others. I have encountered very few young adults as passionate about servant leadership as Ginelle," said Wilma McNeese in her nomination of Ginelle for the Mind, Heart, Spirit Award.
As part of its Unity program, HHC aligns clinicians and caregivers around the patient in every setting, from inpatient to ambulatory care. Using the industry-leading Epic software as a tool, HHC improves the way care is coordinated, effectively providing the right care at the right time and at the right place for everyone.

Each of the organizations where McPherson has volunteered have programs dedicated to providing services to at-risk children. Also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Mentoring Committee, she mentored a young female student from age 14 until she successfully completed high school at 18 years old. Ginelle also created and co-chaired a fundraising event for The Links, Inc., entitled "Harvest for Hartford." The funds were used to combat children's hunger and support literacy in the Greater Hartford community.

McPherson's most impressive project involved setting a positive example for her young daughter, Vivienne. In honor of Vivienne's second birthday, Ginelle asked family and friends to participate in their #volunteerwithvivienneproject. She asked for donations to The National Diaper Bank Network, because research has revealed that one out of three families struggle to buy baby diapers.

McPherson earned both a Bachelor of Science in Perfusion Technology and Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne. Married to Frederick L. McPherson, Ginelle and her family belong to Shiloh Baptist Church in Hartford, Conn.

Click here to view a list of previous awardees.