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Mercy Hospital’s Sarah Vasil honored for work in sexual assault

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PORTLAND, Maine — Mercy Health System of Maine is pleased to announce that Sarah Vasil, RN, a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) in the Emergency Department, was presented with this year’s SAFE Award on April 1, at the annual Blaine House Tea on April 1. Her exceptional dedication and care for patients who have been victims of sexual assault set her apart; as did her support of the local Sexual Assault Response Team.

“Sarah is an integral part of our Emergency Department. Her dedication as a SAFE is vital for the community and for the victims. It is an honor to work with her,” said Alicia Paquette, RN BSN, Emergency Department Manager at Mercy Hospital, in a press release. “She has truly transformed the level of care that sexual assault patients experience at Mercy.”

Vasil oversees the SAFE program and resources that support patients who have been victims of sexual assault. She is recognized by her peers and providers for her achievements and for her demonstrated leadership in the workplace, her nursing practices that improve the quality of care for victims of violence, and her encouragement and support of nurses in-training through mentoring and teaching in the clinical setting.