West Burlington, Iowa, May 18, 2018 – Great River Health System presented
Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 17, 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.
Clinical Excellence Award recognizes outstanding clinical care. The winner was Dean Vantiger, Klein
Center. Finalists were Natalie Lionberger, Utilization Management, and
Jennifer Parrott, Diagnostic Imaging.
Community Excellence Award recognizes voluntary contributions. The winner was Joan Hunt, Day Hospital.
Finalists were Teresa Morehead, Rehabilitation Services, and Patti Whitaker,
Leadership Excellence Award recognizes proven leadership skills. The winner was Chris Oleson, Home
Health and Hospice. Finalists were Cathy Wilkens, Surgical Services, and
Elizabeth Yore, Cardiology Services.
Nursing Excellence Award recognizes a registered nurse who provides outstanding direct patient
care. The winner was Cathie Hanks-Sattler, Diagnostic Imaging and Pediatrics
Unit. Finalists were Katie Lingenfelter, Urology, and Denise Strack, Surgical Services.
Physician Excellence Award recognizes outstanding patient care, leadership and citizenship. The winner
was Doug Peters, MD, Family Medicine. Finalists were Dany Saad, MD, Orthopaedic
Specialists, and John Thurman, DO, Family Medicine-Mercy Plaza.
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 Stephanie
Hightower, Nursing Informatics. Finalists were Traci Gerling, Kid Zone,
and Cassie Sheeran, Cardiology.
Rookie of the Year Award recognizes someone who has made an impression in his or her first two
years of employment. The winner was Melissa Brewer, Nursing. Finalists
were Tanya Mutton, Surgical Services, and Briley Wildar, Obstetrics Unit.