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Champions of Care

2024 #MoHospitals Champions of Care

In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 12-18), the Missouri Hospital Association is honoring Champions of Care in the categories of nursing, nursing teams, health care workers and health care teams.

More than 75 individuals and teams were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond to care for the communities they serve.

“These exceptional individuals and care teams serving Missourians highlight our hospitals’ commitment to treating patients and serving our communities,” said Jon D. Doolittle, MHA President and CEO. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that supports and recognizes all Champions of Care, and I applaud this year’s nominees and winners.”

Champions of Care winners were selected by a majority vote from MHA staff.

Winner: Nurse Champion

Vicki Hogue, R.N., Care Manager, Mosaic Medical Center – Albany

Vicki works and thinks outside the box. She is a care manager in our small community, covering several counties in her role. She has been a nurse for 35-plus years in this community. Vicki currently works outside the hospital on improving patient outcomes and reducing readmissions. She manages patients who have been identified by their primary care providers as needing extra support. She individualizes a plan of care for each of them, meeting them “where they are.” Vicki sets up medications, picks up supplies and ensures that these complex patients receive follow-up care. She also manages tasks that are not required, dedicating herself to patient success. She builds trust with those she serves through caring interactions. Despite her allergies, she even has helped with patients’ pets. Nothing deters her from helping others. Vicki is a huge proponent of rural health care and a cheerleader for the community. She advocates, volunteers and heals people with her time and huge heart.

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Winner: Nursing Team Champions

Office of Professional Practice of Nursing, MU Health Care

The Office of Professional Practice team at MU Health Care works daily through the mission of: The Office of Professional Practice is the driver of Professional Nursing at MU Health Care. With the vision to: Advance nursing for the betterment of the patients we serve. They support system-wide programs that provide assistance and growth to more than 2,600 nurses within six inpatient facilities and more than 90 ambulatory clinics. They facilitate MU Health Care’s Clinical Shared Leadership structure and the autonomy of nurses owning their practice within the clinical settings, nursing policies to allow nurses to work at the top of their scope of practice, nursing research and evidence-based practice, professional development to ensure we have lifelong learners, and support MU Health Care’s progress toward achieving Magnet designation. These four nursing coordinators drive cultural changes for nursing at MU Health Care that make the organization one of the best places to work in Missouri.

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Office of Professional Practice of Nursing Members

Amanda Ferreiro, MSN, R.N., CEN, TCRN, SANE-A, Magnet Coordinator; Angie Cornelius, DNP, R.N., CNE, CNL, Coordinator, Professional Development and Patient Education; Renae McIntosh DNP, R.N., EBP-C, Coordinator Nursing Research and EBP; Amanda Schibi, MSN, RN, Coordinator – Policies, Procedures, Protocols; Tatianna Mays, SN, Business Support Coordinator; Susan D. Scott, PhD, RN, CPPS, FAAN, Nurse Scientist/Adjunct Associate Professor; Sean Pridgeon, DNP, RN, CNL, EBP(CH), NE-BC, Director of Professional Practice

Winner: Health Care Champion

Gretchen Britt, BSN, R.N., CHCIO-E, CDH-L, Vice President of Information & Technology, Liberty Hospital

Gretchen exemplifies what it means to be a Champion of Care. Her dedication and expertise shined when just a few days before Christmas 2023, the hospital experienced an unprecedented cybersecurity event that led to the team shutting down all computer systems. While the investigation of the incident was underway, Gretchen led her team in systematically restoring vital services, with patient care being the top priority. She led her team as they worked through the holidays and for the next several weeks to ensure every program and computer was secure for use. Because of her professionalism and commitment during this extremely stressful incident, the hospital was able to resume most patient care services in a relatively short amount of time. Gretchen’s leadership and dedication may never be what the public sees, but it is the foundation on which Liberty Hospital is able to provide premier patient care for our community.

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Winner: Health Care Team Champions

Chiefs’ Parade First-Aid Team, University Health

Our team goes above and beyond for our patients on a daily basis, but it was never more present than on the day of the Kansas City Chiefs’ parade. Our team, who was on-site to provide first aid to paradegoers, was there when tragedy struck. Due to their quick actions, many were aided who may have had more negative outcomes had help not been so quick at hand. The first-aid team consisted of registered nurses and doctors from our organization as well as a couple from the city’s emergency medical services team.

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Chiefs’ Parade First-Aid Team Members

Spencer Ashby, N.P.; Kallie Brown, R.N.; Summer Collins-Zeamer, R.N.; Andressa de Pincini, R.N.; Chase Hubler, R.N.; Jennifer Humphreys, N.P.; Shannon Hutcherson, R.N.; Tiffany Matthews, R.N.; Alondra Mercado, R.N.; Bruna Miller, R.N.; Mandy Schwenker, R.N.; Joe Strong, R.N.; Jac Sumstine, R.N.; Kelly Vallal, R.N.; Emily West, R.N.; Erica Carney, M.D.; Kameron Hartung, M.D.; Caitlin Hirsch, M.D.; Bryce Lord, M.D.; Jake Moulton, M.D.; Connor Muolo, M.D.; Pooja Patel, M.D.; Paige Swan, M.D.; Jaime Wilson, M.D.; Hunter Winstead, M.D.; Ryan Koehler, EMS.

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