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June 2008

RN, Tracey Rheaume, is this month's Upstate Face

Tracey Rheaume has been a member of SUNY Upstate Medical University since 2005. As a Registered Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Center for Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics (CNDP). CNDP includes: Genetics, Metabolics, Spina Bifida, Fit Families, Child Development, Autism and Physical Disabilities, Tracey's role is multi-faceted. In her role, Tracey is responsible for providing patient/family education and training, performing telephone consultations/triage with patients/families in need of assistance, as well as carrying out developmental testing and assessments.

Tracey also coordinates referral follow-ups with patients and family members to ensure they receive the highest standard of care. In addition, Tracey works on establishing grant funds to purchase special equipment/supplies for the CNDP, which help enhance the patient experience and facilitates each patient visit. Tracey is in the process of carrying out a drug study, which focuses on the effects of Glycopyrrolate and how it can help patients with neurological impairments that experience drooling. In this function she performs assessments, collects data and makes sure to follow-up with patients by phone, patient visits and doing house calls. Tracey is very dedicated to her patients and consistently strives to provide the highest standard of care to all the patients and family members that visit CNDP.

When asked what she likes most about her job, Tracey eagerly expressed, “I find my job very fulfilling. I enjoy getting to know our patients and their family members individually. Patients teach me something everyday.” Tracey also values and respects her co-workers tremendously. She enjoys the team-oriented environment that exists in the CNDP and appreciates the fact that every member of the team is dedicated to providing patients and their families with the highest standard of care and service.

Outside of work, Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband, Darren, as well as her twin daughters Brianna and Brittany and her son, Braedon, and daughter, Braelee. As a family they are very active in the community and school district. They believe in basic family values. As described by Tracey, “I have a great team at home, as well as at work and wouldn’t have it any other way”. Tracey enjoys spending time with her friends and helping those in need. In the recent past Tracey and Darren spent several years parenting and caring for a chronically ill child. In addition, Tracey volunteers at the Special Olympics, the Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Association and for Organ donation events.

When asked what she wants people to know about her, Tracey expressed that she is dedicated to her family and work and that it is important to live life to the fullest, dream big and reach for ones goals. She is compassionate about what she does and believes that “you must empower yourself in order to empower others.”

Tracey, our thanks to you and the CNDP for serving our community and living the mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University on a daily basis. In addition we value your dedication and commitment to helping others by volunteering your time and effort to organizations, such as the Special Olympics, the Kidney Foundation and Diabetes Association.

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