Dean's GSM Awards
Employees Earn Excellence Awards
The Graduate School of Medicine recently honored employees with the third annual Employee Excellence Awards program. Excellence Awards are given to staff members who go beyond the scope of their jobs by providing outstanding job performance, courtesy and customer service, community service and leadership.
Excellence in Community Service
Spangler-Mitchell was chosen for her life-long commitment to community service. She began as a candy striper in Bristol at 14 years old and since then has volunteered with the Red Cross, Mission of Hope, Junior Olympics, Knoxville Marathon and Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade. She has also served internationally through mission trips to Nigeria, Ghana, Haiti and Peru.
In nominating Spangler-Mitchell, Kelly McDaniel, MPH, Administrative Director and Instructor, said, "Rose-Marie is a VOLunteer. She gives back to the hospital, Graduate School of Medicine, the department, our community and other countries. She also encourages others to join her."
Excellence in Courtesy and Customer Service
Higdon spearheaded Electronic Medical Records (EMR) efforts for Family Medicine. She trains staff, residents and faculty on EMR and is a point of contact for the patients for medical records. She is currently working with other departments to setup and implement EMR.
Kelly McDaniel, MPH, Administrative Director and Instructor, said, "Rebecca is a hard worker who is well liked and respected by her coworkers, the residents and faculty. She is committed to her customer base and ensures their needs are met."
Excellence in Job Performance
Wolfe, using her expertise in interlibrary loans, changed the borrowing process to reflect libraries Preston has a reciprocal relationship with, providing a significant cost savings to Preston library. She has used her skills to implement cataloging records and perform other technical duties typically handled by a librarian, impacting future policies and procedures.
In nominating Wolfe, Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, Director, said, "Laura's practicality and ability to multi-task, combined with her common sense and technical skills, make her a perfect fit for the job."
Excellence in Leadership
Through the guidance of Kirkpatrick, more than 90 percent of students in the Vascular Research Laboratory have been accepted to medical school. Two students have received doctorates of philosophy in biomedical research. Many fellows and residents have obtained academic positions. The lab has produced a large volume of publications, received significant extramural funding and has become an avatar of what an academic research laboratory should be.
Mitchell Goldman, MD, Professor and Chair, said, "For the past 10 years Stacy has been the backbone of the teaching and research efforts of the Vascular Research Laboratory. Her management has continually led to outstanding research opportunities for faculty, residents, medical students, pre-med students and post-doctoral candidates."
The Employee Excellence Awards are given annually in June. A complete list of guidelines as well as the nomination form can be found on the GSM Pulse Intranet site.
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