EvergreenHealth Celebrates Third-Quarter Health Heroes - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce the recipients of its Health Hero award for the third quarter of 2018. The Kirkland-based health system regularly recognizes providers, staff, volunteers and clinical teams who exemplify exceptional, compassionate care.

“I am honored to recognize our Health Heroes, who go above and beyond in supporting our mission to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to our community,” said Amy Beiter, M.D., CEO of EvergreenHealth. “As we expand to meet the needs of our growing community, our staff remains committed to delivering a personal touch to each and every patient we serve, and it is an honor to work alongside such dedicated team members.”

The latest recipients were all nominated by patients, visitors and fellow EvergreenHealth employees, and represent 10 service categories across the health system. These individuals are recognized for going to extraordinary heights to provide their patients with excellent care, anchored in EvergreenHealth’s core values of compassion, respect, excellence, collaboration and accountability.

The third quarter Health Hero awards recognize:

  • Physician Hero: David Stowe, PA-C, Emergency Department
  • Clinical Hero: Wan-Chih Tom, Pharmacy Department
  • Organizational Hero: Richard Evers, Jr.
  • Volunteer Hero: Marsha Willis, Laurene Burton, Linda Watson and Diana Samolyuk.
  • Safety Heroes: Frank Riedo, MD, Infectious Disease; Sandy Kreider, RN, Infection Prevention; and the quality management team: Dawn Barr, May Clavero, Olivera Dobranic, Greta Gillette, Jaclyn Gines, Julie Hagglund, Jacqueline Owen, Kristin Retzlaff, Wendy Schrempp, Clayton Wiggins and Tiana Colovos.

Team Heroes:

  • Hospitalists: Michael Mena, MD, Internal Medicine; Jennifer Hines, MD, Internal Medicine; Sacha Thomas, MD, Internal Medicine; and Jun Wei-Behr, MD, Internal Medicine.
  • Intensivists: Kristina Mitchell, MD, Pulmonary Medicine; and Eric Yim, MD, Pulmonary Medicine.
  • Critical Care Unit: Rick Bjurstrom, RN, and Tammy Wiatrowski, RN.
  • Emergency Department: Hillary Thoreson, RN.
  • Medical-Surgical: My-An Bui, RN, Angelia Karpinskaya and Courtney Malone.

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. A staff of 5,000 provides clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care, infectious disease and travel medicine, 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 13 primary care practices, five 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 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. The health system was one of 750 hospitals in the country to earn an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and holds a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), one of only 337 nationwide. For more information, visit


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