Great River Health Systems names excellence award winners

Great River Health System presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 18, to six employees and one physician who have shown 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 Megan Woodard, Great River Hospice. Finalists were Char Cole, Heritage Partners Pharmacy, and Dennis Flowers, Diagnostic Imaging.

The Community Excellence Award recognizes voluntary contributions. The winner was Trina Tucker, Medical Staff Office. Finalists were Sharon Hicks, Digestive Health Center, and Kristy Ourth, Great River Klein Center.

TheLeadership Excellence Award recognizes proven leadership skills. The winner was Jane VanFleet, Great River Physicians and Clinics Business Services. Finalists were Kevin Dameron, Environmental Services, and Susan Fowler, Acute Care Center.

TheNursing Excellence Award recognizes a registered nurse who provides outstanding direct patient care. The winner was Tami Postle, Pediatrics Unit. Finalists were Barbara Blom, Great River Cancer Center, and Katie Lingenfelter, Great River Urology.

ThePhysician Excellence Award recognizes outstanding patient care, leadership and citizenship. The winner was Gary Mansheim, M.D., Burlington Area Family Practice Center. Finalists were Sofia Bajwa, M.D., Hospitalist Program, and William Rockey, M.D., Ph.D., Great River Cancer Center.

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 Jon Cowles, Environmental Services. Finalists were Roxane Pratt, Great River Klein Center, and Jessica Gerling, Great River Orthopaedic Specialists.

The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes someone who has made an impression in his or her first year of employment. The winner was Tonya Rehm, Great River Hospice. Finalists were Beth Conrad, Great River Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic, and Mary Sachs, Nutrition Services.