May 17th, 2013
Great River Health Systems presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 9, 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 their professions.
The Clinical Excellence Award recognizes outstanding clinical care. The winner was Julie Snavely, occupational therapist, Rehabilitation Services. Finalists were Char Cole, manager, Heritage Partners Pharmacy, and Cassie Schill, exercise specialist, Healthy Living Clinic.
The Community Excellence Award recognizes voluntary contributions of time and effort. The winner was Amy Burkhart, community liaison, Great River Hospice. Finalists were Melissa Jones, integration coordinator, Great River Clinics Administration, and Therese Lees, staff nurse, Pediatrics Unit.
The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes proven leadership skills. The winner was Greg Kirkman, supervisor, Acute Care Center. Finalists were Sarah Masden, manager, Surgery Scheduling and Preadmission, and Donna Wirt, director, Revenue Cycle.
The Nursing Excellence Award recognizes a registered nurse who provides outstanding direct patient care. The winner was Sue Simmons, staff nurse, Heart and Vascular Center. Finalists were Heather Poole, staff nurse, Pediatrics Unit, and Carol Vanderzwan, staff nurse, Burlington Area Family Practice Center.
The Physician Excellence Award recognizes outstanding patient care, leadership and citizenship. The winner was Michael Niehaus, M.D., Great River Surgeons. Finalists were Michael AbouAssaly, M.D., Burlington Area Family Practice Center, and Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D., Great River Cardiology.
The Service Excellence Award recognizes an employee who does not provide direct patient care but has an integral role in a health-system service. The winner was Sarah Goff, librarian, Corporate Education. Finalists were Darcy Adams, executive assistant, Great River Clinics Administration, and Missy Allen, secretary, Home Health and Hospice.