Network Stars, People

Check Out Our January Constellation Award Recipients

The constellation award recognizes strong teams that come together to serve patients and each other. They demonstrate a calling to care, live the network’s values, and show exceptional performance as defined by the network’s Standards of Behavior.

You can read their nomination stories and see their photos below. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

Mary Couch, Amy Nguyen, Jackie Wright, Angie Fiori, Rachel Griffith, Shannon Penney, Tom Zink, James Fernandes – ASB

“The BI and Reporting team sets the bar high when it comes to collaboration, responsiveness, and being helpful. They speak data in a way that helps folks like me understand without making me feel like I lack brain cells. They are patient and know what questions to ask to develop the correct business intelligence and reports that get us to what we really need. This team is an amazing resource and they are wonderful people.”

Jennifer Williams, Vikas Gohil, Kim Philpot – ASB

“The Data Architect team is at the foundation of the work we do with data.  They help us collect and prepare quality data for driving our key decisions.  They understand that the quality of data is only as good as the creation of data, and are patient and helpful to walk us through these implications.  Through the pandemic, they helped lay the groundwork for the data we use to guide our decisions and they did so with kindness.”

Jathan Merkel, Sarah Hewitt, TJ Peera, Monica Darby, Brad Platzer, Susie Peil – ASB

“The Population Health team pulled together with dedication and swiftness to ensure that our access dashboard was available to help manage our virtual presence for our patients during the pandemic.  In record time they provided tools that ensured leaders had access to monitor and act on information to help our network meet the needs of our community.  They are dedicated to supporting the work of Kettering Health Network.”

Lauren Brooks, Breana Soliday Haughton – Kettering College

“I would like to take the time to recognize the Public Relations and Marketing department at Kettering College, specifically Lauren Brooks and Breana Soliday Haughton! They are such hard workers and great supporters of the mission and vision of Kettering College. While they have always demonstrated a strong work ethic, now during the COVID-19 global pandemic, their work ethic has been unwavering. They have worked tirelessly to support all the programs in messaging and marketing to help keep students engaged and excited to come to campus in the fall. While they are most often ‘behind the scenes’ of the work happening at the college, it is absolutely their work that provides credible visibility to the rest of the work being done at the college and we would be lost without that visibility; especially now. I want to thank them specifically for all the work and support they have offered to the occupational therapy doctoral program as we work to maintain open lines of communication with both current and new students. Their guidance and expertise on both the public relations and the marketing front have been invaluable. Phil 2:3-4 reads, ‘Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.'”

Allison Dymacek, Kevin Eshelman, Daniel Geyer, Stephanie Hartke, Kelly Keeton, Molly Moore, Tammy Schleich, Chris Seger, Lynne Bradford, Stephanie Balsom, Kiri Youngblood, Kathren GarberKettering Medical Center

“In April 2020, the network’s clinical trials team pivoted to find and open clinical trials to provide investigational treatments to our COVID-19 patients, demonstrating competence in attracting the most important treatments available. These treatment options were made available through expanded hours by the care of the research team.  Since then, some of these treatments have become available through regular channels (e.g., remdesivir, convalescent plasma), while others still require clinical trial oversight.  Since April, this team has enrolled over 400 COVID-19 patients into clinical trials across our network.  This flexible and responsive team operated with innovative approaches to trial enrollment through technology – enabling patients and their families to learn about these treatments through electronic communication. This entire initiative was made possible through collaboration with the physicians, designated unit staff, blood banks, pharmacies, patients, and their families.  The COVID-19 Trials Team continues to review every COVID-19 patient in our network for trial eligibility. This commitment has made a huge impact on the network’s ability to offer more treatment options to our patients. Participation in clinical trials has provided purpose and hope to these patients and their family members. Our physicians appreciate having these trials available as treatment options for their patients. In a larger sense, these trials advance the progress toward COVID-19 treatments and cures – and our patient volunteers play an important role in this progress!”

Karen Sobecki, Krista Gilliam, Karrie May, Anthony Motley, Tammy Thompson – Prestige

“I have a small group of my team who are responsible for the mandatory reporting of COVID-19 data to the Ohio Department of Health and federal Health and Human Services. Successful submission is key as failure to submit will result in a corrective action plan from HHS and could result in losing are ability to care for Medicare patients. Medicare patients make up a considerable part of our patient population and the loss of those patients would be a huge financial loss for the network. This group has been doing this data since early in the pandemic. Data must be completed by 8:30 a.m. each morning and takes two people several hours to compile and enter the information.  They start their day very early to meet the deadline.  The requirements are ever changing with additional requirements coming on line every month or two. They work diligently to ensure the accuracy of the data and to work with various data teams to identify most accurate source of the data as requirements are added or change. They work as a team to ensure there is coverage daily to pull the data together and entered, rotating schedules to provide coverage seven days per week including holidays. Every morning there is a Teams call to review reports and ensure accuracy of data.  They do this tirelessly with relentless commitment.  This is all in addition to their other work that has not stopped during this pandemic.  Their commitment to their team and to the organization is amazing to see.”

January 31, 2021

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