EvergreenHealth Celebrates Q2 2016 Health Heroes - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to announce the recipients of its Health Hero award for the second quarter of 2016. The Health Hero award is a recognition bestowed quarterly by EvergreenHealth to commend extraordinary providers, staff, volunteers and clinical teams across the health system for exemplifying the exceptional, compassionate care EvergreenHealth is committed to.

“It is an honor to work among compassionate providers and employees who dedicate themselves to delivering the highest quality, safe, compassionate care to every patient we serve,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “The Health Hero award is just one of many ways we thank EvergreenHealth providers, staff, volunteers and clinical teams for providing exceptional care and service to patients and families across our community.”

The latest recipients are recognized for their outstanding ability and kindheartedness, as well as their commitment to the welfare of patients, families and the community. Each quarter, EvergreenHealth selects awardees in categories including clinical, physician, patient safety, organizational, volunteer and team. This quarter’s “heroes” are:

  • Physician Hero: Sherman Lee, MD, EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Duvall
  • Patient Safety Hero: Alyssa Ellison, Pharmacy
  • Organizational Hero: Andrea Burkhalter, Hospice Home Care
  • Volunteer Hero: Bernel Goldberg, Hospice Home Care
  • Team Hero: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Team

The Health Hero award program recognizes above-and-beyond efforts of providers and employees who go to exceptional lengths to ensure patients receive excellent care anchored in EvergreenHealth’s core values of compassion, respect, excellence, collaboration and accountability. EvergreenHealth “Health Heroes” receive an award and are honored by an audience of more than 50 organizational leaders.

EvergreenHealth invites patients and visiting families to submit nominations year-round to recognize the health care providers who make their visits to EvergreenHealth memorable. Providers who witness extraordinary acts are also invited to nominate their peers.

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About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength.
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