Rockford Health System to Present Annual Quality Awards

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — As part of its annual Quality Week celebration, Rockford Health System will recognize the 2012 Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Award winners during a special event on Wednesday, October 17, at 11 a.m. in the hospital’s Café 2400.

The annual awards recognize both a physician and an employee in the organization who exemplify an outstanding commitment to quality and safety in patient care. It is named in honor of a long-time member of the Rockford Health System Board of Directors, Jack W. Packard, a well-known area business leader who has helped guide performance improvement
efforts at Rockford Health System for decades.

This year, 14 individuals have been nominated.

Physician Nominees

Abdullah Altayah, M.D., Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine
David Deutsch, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology
Phillip Higgins, M.D., OB/GYN
Bruce Peterson, M.D., Pediatrics
Bharati Roy, M.D., Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine
Dennis Uehara, M.D., Emergency Medicine

Employee Nominees

Kathy Allen, R.N., Manager, Survey Readiness, Quality and Performance Improvement
Rene Chenore, R.N., Manager of Infection Control
Julie Chirchirillo, R.N., Clinical Educator, Progressive Care & Cardiac Telemetry
Pat Fett, R.N., Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICU
Kami Harmon, R.N., Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
Katie Kubatzke, R.N., Clinical Shift Coordinator, Outpatient Observation Unit
Denise Schrader, R.N., Executive Director, Visiting Nurses Association
Martha Spataro, R.N., Nurse Manager, D-2 Orthopedic & Surgical Unit and A-3 Oncology Unit

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