EvergreenHealth Honors Third Quarter 2016 Health Heroes - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce the recipients of its Health Hero award for the third quarter of 2016. The award is given quarterly to staff, providers, volunteers and teams across the health system who work to provide patients and families with the best possible care and experience, exemplifying the core values of compassion, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence that EvergreenHealth is built upon.

“Bestowing this award is one of a handful of ways we thank employees and providers for their commitment to offering exceptional care and service to the patients and families in the community we serve,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “We applaud this quarter’s Health Hero recipients for continually displaying excellence in their field and embodying the values and principles that represent our health care system.”

The third quarter’s Health Hero award recipients are recognized for their ability to provide superior care and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of those they serve. These awards span multiple “hero” categories that include clinical, physician, patient safety, organizational, volunteer and team. The third quarter “heroes” are:

  • Clinical Hero: Mariana Shank, Physical Therapy
  • Physician Hero: David Island, PA-C, Emergency Department
  • Patient Safety Hero: Kira Maloof, RN, Surgical Services
  • Organizational Hero: Jeff Sterritt, Health Unit Coordinator, Family Maternity Center
  • Volunteer Hero: Alex Llop, Emergency Department
  • Team Hero: Security & Safety Team

The Health Hero award program acknowledges the efforts of employees and providers who consistently display EvergreenHealth’s core values while working interminably to ensure patients receive exceptional care. EvergreenHealth Health Heroes receive a personalized trophy at a ceremony where they are honored by an audience of more than 50 organizational leaders.

Patients and visiting families are invited to submit nominations for the Health Hero awards year-round to recognize health care providers and employees who make their visits to EvergreenHealth memorable. EvergreenHealth also encourages staff who have witnessed outstanding acts of service and care 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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