May 16th, 2011

Great River Health Systems presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 12, to five employees and one physician who have demonstrated exemplary practice or performed specific deeds that exceed expectations to help patients, patients’ families, coworkers, the community or professions.

The Clinical Excellence Award recognizes outstanding daily clinical care. The winner was Bill Myers, doctor of physical therapy, Great River Physical Therapy. Finalists were Lori Krebill, surgical technician, Surgical Services, and Lari Jo Smith, operations supervisor, Superior Ambulance.



The Community Excellence Award recognizes voluntary contributions of time and effort. The winner was John Reusch, manager, Environmental Services. Finalists were Kay Overton, nursing supervisor, Great River Home Health Care and Hospice, and Bob Shipplett, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Imaging.



The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes proven leadership skills. The winner was Linda Bliss, lead nursing supervisor, Nursing Administration. Finalists were Greg Fields, director, Diagnostic Imaging, and Sarah Masden, supervisor, Preadmission.



The Nursing Excellence Award recognizes a registered nurse who provides outstanding patient care daily. The winner was Jennifer Birlson, staff nurse, Acute Care Center. Finalists were Lanae Frank, staff nurse, Acute Care Center, and James McDowell, staff nurse, Surgical Services.



The Physician Excellence Award recognizes outstanding patient care, leadership and citizenship. The winner was Michael McCoy, M.D., Great River Women’s Health. Finalists were James Milani, D.O., Great River Business Health, and Michael Niehaus, M.D., Great River Surgeons. 



The Service Excellence Award recognizes an employee who does not provide direct patient care but plays an integral role in a health-system service. The winner was Reta Krieger, manager, Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics, and Great River Clinics. Finalists were John Cochran, operations engineer, Plant Operations, and Danita Pauly, clinical educator, Corporate Education.