Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9


For these 7 winners, a commitment to going beyond the "call of duty" is in their DNA.

Outpatient Surgery Editors


2017 OR Excellence Awards
scalpel in hand

This issue of Outpatient Surgery is a celebration of excellence in surgical care as we proudly announce the winners of our 9th annual OR Excellence Awards. While reading the profiles of the winners over the next 27 pages, you'll likely recognize yourselves in their stories. Our winners are ambassadors of all that is good about ambulatory surgery. They represent you and they represent your industry with their outstanding work.

Our winners know a thing or two about the commitment needed to excel, day in and day out. For them, going "above and beyond" is part of their DNA. Maybe it's adopting multimodal pain protocols to mitigate patients' post-operative pain without the use of opioids. Or having staff participate in frighteningly realistic safety drills as a way to prevent patient harm. Or even picking up stranded patients to make sure they don't miss their procedure.

As in years past, picking this year's winners was made difficult by the quality and the quantity of the nominations we received. At the same time, we know they're hardly the only ones who deserve recognition, so we raise a glass (and a We're #1 finger!) to all of our readers who go beyond the call of duty for their patients — and their employers — with every single shift. OSM

Outpatient Surgery Editors

Shane Stanford, BSN, MSN, MBA

Patient Safety
Shane Stanford, BSN, MSN, MBA
Medarva Stony Point Surgery Center
Richmond, Va.

Patricia Ford, MSN, RN

Pain Control
Patricia Ford, MSN, RN
Houston Physicians' Hospital
Houston, Texas


Staff Safety
Dosher Memorial Hospital
Southport, N.C.

Kathy Weihman, RN, BSN

Patient Satisfaction
Kathy Weihman, RN, BSNC
Mackinac Straits Health System Surgery Center
St. Ignace, Mich.

Brandy Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR

Financial Management
Brandy Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR
The Surgery Center
Fort Wayne, Ind.

JTracy Haberkorn, RN, BSN, MS, CNOR

SSI Prevention
Tracy Haberkorn, RN, BSN, MS, CNOR
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Oak Lawn, Ill.

Maggie Tharp, BSN, RN, CNOR

Environmental Stewardship
Maggie Tharp, BSN, RN, CNOR
Deaconess Hospital
Evansville, Ind.

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