EvergreenHealth Celebrates Q3 2017 Health Heroes - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to announce the recipients of its Health Hero award for the third quarter of 2017. 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 extraordinary, compassionate care.

“It is an honor to work alongside compassionate individuals who dedicate themselves to providing exceptional care to our patients, their families and the communities 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 advancing our purpose to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch.”

The latest recipients, who represent six service categories across the health system, are recognized for going to exceptional lengths to ensure patients receive excellent care, anchored in EvergreenHealth’s core values of compassion, respect, excellence, collaboration and accountability.

This quarter’s “heroes” are:

  • Physician Hero: Michael Towbin, MD, EvergreenHealth Surgical Care
  • Clinical Heroes: Claire Duprez, RN, Family Maternity Center and Karen Wilson, MA, Heart and Vascular Care
  • Team Hero: Monique Ruyle MSW, LICSW, Home Care/Hospice
  •  Organizational Hero: Leah Barnum, RN, Progressive Care Unit
  • Volunteer Hero: Susan Kumpan
  • Safety Hero: Dawn Mendoza, RN, Swift Triage and Treatment Team

EvergreenHealth Health Heroes receive a personalized trophy 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.

For more information about the honorees and EvergreenHealth or to submit a nomination, visit


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 12 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 Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health 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 eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also 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, two years in a row. For more information, visit


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