EvergreenHealth Celebrates Q1 2018 Health Heroes

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to announce the recipients of its Health Hero award for the first quarter of 2018. The Health Hero award is a recognition bestowed quarterly by EvergreenHealth to commend providers, staff, volunteers and clinical teams across the health system for exemplifying extraordinary, compassionate care.

“I am inspired by our colleagues who consistently demonstrate compassion through their work and go above and beyond to provide exceptional care for 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 and volunteers for helping to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch.”

The latest recipients, who were nominated by patients, visitors and fellow EvergreenHealth employees, represent nine service categories across the health system. They 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.

The first quarter Health Hero awards recognize:

  • Physician Hero: Mia Swartz, MD, Urology and Urogynecology Care
  • Clinical Heroes
    • Danielle Schneider, RN, Clinical Manager, Emergency Department
    • Kara Mitchell, In-Home Mental Health
  • Team Heroes:
    • Hospitalists: Michael Mena, MD, Internal Medicine; and Jessica Lundeen, MD, Neurology
    • Intensivists: Melissa Lee, MD, Pulmonary Medicine; and Monirath Saly, MD, Anesthesiology
    • Critical Care Unit: Alexis Richie, Jordan Kamal, Lisa Wilson, Tori Davitt and Ryan O’Neill Hawkins
    • Neuroscience Institute: Ziad AlSoufi, MD and Susanna Petaisto
  • Organizational Hero: Starr Niego, Community Health Access Team (CHAT)
  • Volunteer Hero: Sally Lynott, Hospice Home Care
  • Safety Hero: Danny Kim, RN, Progressive Care Unit

EvergreenHealth Health Heroes receive a personalized trophy during a dedication ceremony, where 50 organizational leaders join them to celebrate the achievement.

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 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and it was again named one of Healthgrades 2018 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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