Molly H. Savard honored with Crystal Obelisk Award
MidState Medical Center presented its 2013 Crystal Obelisk award to Molly H. Savard. The award, which has been given for nearly two decades, recognizes an individual or group that has made significant contributions to the health care delivery system in the community. Molly has devoted her career to providing and improving healthcare in the Meriden community. She began her work as a physical therapist, and for the last 20+ years, has served as the administrator for the Bradley Home in Meriden. She demonstrated tremendous leadership in that capacity, and has devoted her time and knowledge beyond the walls of her organization to serving on additional civic boards and committees.
In 1982, Molly joined the hospital’s Board of Governors, and was later elected to the Board of Directors in 1987. During her tenure, she served the hospital in many roles: as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chairman of the Board of Directors; as Chairman of the Community Advisory Council; and as a member of the Governance and Bylaws Committees, Directors Annual Appeal, and Pediatric sub-committee. She was also an active member of the Planning Committee, PHO Steering, Legislative Affairs, Joint Conference Committee, Board Reorganization, Physician Needs Assessment, credentialing task forces, and was a board-appointed repre- sentative to the Medical Board. When she completed her term as Immediate-Past Chair- man of the board in 2004, she was elected to the honorary lifetime position of Director Emeritus.
Beyond her involvement with the hospital, Molly has also served as president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, of which she is a Fellow. Additionally, she has devoted many years as a board member of the United Way of Meriden-Wallingford, CANPFA, and Meriden- Wallingford-Cheshire Hospice. She made history in 1987 when she became one of the first women inducted into the Meriden Rotary. Our hospital and the communities we serve have benefitted immensely from Molly’s time, energy and expertise. She is a well-educated, intelligent woman committed to the provision of quality healthcare, and is so deserving of Crystal Obelisk recognition.
Employee and Team of the Year
At its 20th annual Employee and Team of the Year Awards ceremony, MidState Medical Center honored eight teams and 10 employees who most exemplified the medical center’s values of Integrity, Caring, Excellence, and Safety.
Employee of the Year: Jean Anderson
Taking home Employee of the Year recognition was administrative associate Jean Anderson. Jean has been a member of the MidState family for the last 13 years, having worked in the Quality department for nearly all of them.
Jean was nominated by several of her peers and is most recognized for her tremendous ability to boost morale. She coordinates monthly birthday celebrations, holiday parties, and Val- entine’s Day Candy Grams. Most recently, she started “random acts of kindness,” organized much like a Secret Santa, in which employees anonymously bring in small gifts to show a fellow colleague they are appreciated.
Team of the Year: Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine was named Team of the Year. This passionate, inspiring team was noted for providing com- passionate, quality care. The team’s healing rates are higher than any other center in the state, and 100% of its nursing staff is certified in their field. The team has many times gone above and beyond to care for patients – donating air conditioners, stoves and other necessities that their patients cannot afford.
Physician Recognition Awards
Three physicians earn special recognition
Three more MidState physicians have joined a proud tradition at the hospital by becoming the latest members of our medical staff to earn Physician Recognition Awards. Nominations for the awards came from the entire MidState community including colleagues, staff, patients and patients’ family members.
Mark Ludwig, MD
Daniel Kahn, MD Clinical Quality Award
Dr. Mark Ludwig has been on MidState’s medical staff since 1999. Over the course of the last 14 years, he has put quality care at the forefront of his practice, in particular working to ensure that MidState provides superior cancer care. He served as a member of the Medical Quality Management Committee from 2008-2012; has been a member of the Clinical Quality Council since its inception in 2012; has been the Division Director of Pathology since 2008; and is involved in all of the multi-disciplinary cancer committees and system-wide initiatives designed to promote excellent cancer care. Moreover, he goes above and beyond expectations in providing timely and high-quality pathology reporting and integration into cancer care planning. Even with these notable distinctions, one nominator noted that he is “humble, unassuming, and has the highest integrity.”
Mark Schaner, MD
Joseph Goodman, MD Clinical Collaboration & Teamwork Award
Dr. Mark Schaner has been a member of the medical staff since 2011. In less than three short years, he has had a profound impact on his patients and his colleagues. His nominations came from members of the healthcare team, and those who have seen first-hand his caring nature that is so representative of Dr. Goodman. One nominator wrote, “In all of my 33 years of service with MidState Medical Center, Dr. Goodman’s care and compassion has always been the gold standard. It was not until this year that I finally met a doctor with very similar traits.” This year’s awardee is cited as one who looks at the whole person and goes above and beyond to help his patients. Another nominator stated that anyone in this physician’s care is in the “best of hands.” In keeping with the attributes of this award, our winner this year is also praised for coordinating care among a variety of different disciplines in a smooth and calming fashion. He makes sure he speaks with all of the nurses and specialty physicians so that everyone is on the same page. He is respected and admired as a physician who has gone into medicine for the right reason: to give excellent, compassionate care.
Gary Dee, MD
David W. Parke, MD Leadership Award
The spirit of Dr. Gary Dee can be summed up in one sentence written by a fellow nominator: “You can’t push people to believe in or want to work towards an organizational vision or goals, but rather, one of the qualities of great leadership is that you guide, lead, and inspire people to want to participate.” Dr. Dee has been on staff with MidState since 1985, and truly lives out the qualities of leadership. He is cited for his tremendous vision, a characteristic that is so important as we face changes in healthcare today. He is an advocate of continuing education, and serves as Quinnipiac University’s Medical Director for the Diagnostic Imaging Program. He was also bestowed as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR), and within the ACR, is a counselor to the Leader- ship Committee and frequently lobbies on Capitol Hill in Washington and locally in Hartford as a voice for physicians and hospi- tals. Additionally, he serves as the IPA Treasurer; is President of the Connecticut Radiology Society; is appointed Vice Chair for the Clinical Integration Committee of Hartford HealthCare; is a member of the CEO-Physician Committee; a board member for the Clinical Coordination Committee; a director of the PACS Integration Committee; and a member of the IT Taskforce for Hartford HealthCare.