(From the February 2013 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
Employee of the Year
Bobby is known throughout the hospital, not just by the nurses and doctors, but also by our patients and their parents. Bobby greets the patient and explains where they will be going, and also assures the parents that they are in good hands while he is their transporter. No matter if Bobby is scheduled first thing in the morning or the last one to leave at night, Bobby’s positive attitude is contagious.
Physician of the Year
Venkata Jayanthi, M.D.
The Physician of the Year award was established to honor and recognize one physician at Nationwide Children’s for providing the highest quality family-centered clinical care, supporting and demonstrating Zero Hero principles and behaviors, demonstrating excellence in teaching, contributing to new knowledge through research and practicing One Team Values.
Dr. Jayanthi is committed to the hospital’s mission – to providing the highest quality care to patients – and puts the needs of his patients and his colleagues first. Dr. Jayanthi played a critical role in the development and reputation of the Urology Department and pioneered the hospital’s use of urologic laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery. He is also one of the only surgeons to conduct elective surgeries on Saturdays to better serve our patient’s needs.
Manager of the Year
Manager, Pharmacy Patient Services
Julie always puts patients and families first and she makes decisions in everyone’s best interests. When working on the new main hospital project, she expertly communicated and aligned resources and worked tirelessly to prepare our facilities and our staff. In the midst of tremendous change, Julie has managed to dramatically improve staff satisfaction and has kept morale high. She embodies “team player” as well as anyone can. Julie is a partner at work, not just a boss.
Manager of the Year
Director, Supply Chain Operations
Craig has transformed his department to better prepare our organization for the future.He also successfully led his team through several major initiatives, including Lawson and the new main hospital project. Craig has managed to save Nationwide Children’s Hospital more than $2.5 million a year over each year of his tenure. He is described as diligent, devoted, persevering and thoughtful.
Family Centered Care Award of Excellence
The Family Advisory Council of Nationwide Children’s Hospital presented their Partners in Care, Partners in Hope award to Beth Mohler. Nominations are made by patient families who want to recognize excellent practice of family-centered care by any employee, health care provider or department.
Erin Groff’s 3-year old son Ben has hemophilia. Erin nominated Beth for the Family Centered Care Award of Excellence. “Being the parent of a son with hemophilia can be a very stressful job. Our experience with Beth has been a great gift, as she's made an amazing impact on Ben's health and our family's happiness and well-being. Before Beth started her weekly visits we lived on pins and needles, worried that Ben would fall and get hurt. It was such a relief when Beth visited our house for the first time and efficiently found Ben's vein in one stick. Beth has created a reliable Tuesday routine in our home. Ben has become so comfortable with Beth that he asks when she's coming and gives her a hug when she leaves. I credit Beth for treating Ben and allowing our family some space to recover from early experiences with hemophilia care. She "fixes Benny" but a lot of things in our lives feel fixed because she comes over on Tuesdays.”
Singing Orderly Award recipient
Michelle Majher, RN
This annual award is given to one of the service from the heart award winners. The recipient receives $1,000 and gets to designate $4,000 to an area of need within the hospital. The award is named for Charlie Roberts who used to sing to patients as he transported them to surgery. When Mrs. Pauline Kahn made her $100,000 gift to Nationwide Children's, she remembered the orderly and wanted to honor the exceptional care our staff provides.
Each day we applaud the skilled and compassionate service of members of the Nationwide Children's team. But this service is usually provided in an environment which affords things like: state-of-the-art equipment, modern surgical supplies, easy communication, and personal safety. Imagine providing such service in a setting where modern equipment is not available, communication with one's team members, patients, and their families is difficult or impossible, and your personal safety is at risk. Yet when asked if she would join the Casa Azul America/Nationwide Children's team on a mission to provide cleft lip and palate surgery to the underprivileged children of Northern Mexico, Michelle Majher leapt at the opportunity. She assumed the responsibility as OR lead and during the mission, performed health screenings on surgical candidates, organized surgical supplies and first-assisted on all cleft lip and palate repairs. In short, she truly gave service from her heart.