Hon­or­ing ex­cel­lence

2010 Spirit win­ners show pas­sion for their work

Modern Healthcare - - Special Section -

Mod­ern Health­care con­grat­u­lates the win­ners and hon­or­able men­tions of the 18th an­nual Spirit of Ex­cel­lence Awards, cospon­sored by Sodexo Health Care Ser­vices. This year’s win­ners and run­ners-up are pro­filed on the fol­low­ing pages.

Each of the five win­ners will re­ceive a cash prize of $5,000, and each of the five hon­or­able men­tions will re­ceive a $1,500 cash prize.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion drew 98 en­tries, down from last year’s 120 sub­mis­sions. Mod­ern Health­care an­nounced this year’s award compe- tition on Aug. 16. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions was Oct. 8 and was ex­tended to Oct. 22.

Per ed­i­to­rial pol­icy, award spon­sors are in­volved in nei­ther the judg­ing nor de­ter­mi­na­tion of award re­cip­i­ents.

To as­sist Mod­ern Health­care in mak­ing the se­lec­tions, the mag­a­zine en­listed the help of five judges, all of whom are af­fil­i­ated with past Spirit of Ex­cel­lence Award re­cip­i­ents. They are:

■ Fran But­ler-Co­hen, CEO of the Fam­ily Health Cen­ters of San Diego.

■ Thomas Ges­sel, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Jewish Hos­pi­tal & St. Mary’s Health­Care in Louisville, Ky.

■ Mary Jane Gross, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Stars Be­hav­ioral Health Group in Oak­land, Calif.

■ Sally Gam­mon, pres­i­dent and CEO of Good Shep­herd Rehabilitation Net­work in Al­len­town, Pa.

■ Michelle Lavallee, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of strate­gic mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at

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