2017 Excellence in Professional Practice Awards and Bursaries
She was described as selfless and a “warrior“ for the most vulnerable with exceptional clinical practice and a “complete sense” of what it means to value empathy. Her name is Cathy Okolisan.
Such sentiments of inspiration and examples of distinction in patient care were the overarching themes at St. Joseph’s Professional Practice Excellence Awards Ceremony on June 13. An expansion to St. Joseph’s previous Nursing Awards, the Excellence in Professional Practice Awards were established this year as a way to recognize both nursing and other allied health discipline staff who are at the heart of patient and resident care at St. Joseph’s.
Recipients are nominated by their peers or their leaders for their efforts in demonstrating excellence in clinical practice, leadership, teaching and coaching or innovation and evidence based care.
“Providing exceptional patient care is best achieved with an interprofessional team and so it is fitting that the new awards program acknowledges many health care disciplines and the excellence they bring to professional practice,” remarked Karen Perkin, St. Joseph’s Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive. “These recipients are being recognized for their passion of practice and for exemplifying the mission, vision and values of our organization.”
The ceremony also included 13 bursaries awarded to support professional practice staff in their studies, made possible through generous donations to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
The glowing introduction of Cathy was made by Kendal Cushman, who nominated his nursing colleague. All recipients were similarly honoured and celebrated:
Suzie Hettinga, Registered Nurse, Urgent Care Centre
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award - Acute Ambulatory Care
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award- Rehabilitation and Geriatrics
Cathy Okolisan, Registered Practical Nurse, Mount Hope
“Patient centred focus is Cathy’s concrete strength.” – Nominator, Kendal Cushman
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award- Complex Care, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics
Dr. Jason Carr, Psychologist, Veteran’s Care Program
“Jason provides excellent care to every patient and views them holistically…he works collaboratively with the team, accessing psychiatry, social work, nursing and spiritual care resources.” – Nominator, Carolyn McKay-Salvador
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award- Mental Health
Tanya Goertz, Occupational Therapist, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care
‘Through her knowledge, skill set and clinical judgment, Tanya assists the team in developing in-depth care plans, ending with stakeholder collaboration to ensure safe and successful patient discharge back into the community.”
– Nominator, Lindsay Culford
Excellence in Leadership Award
Stephanie Cornell, Physiotherapist, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
“Stephanie encourages innovation, knowledge translation and collaboration every day to ensure evidence based practice…she is a role model for her colleagues and patients at Parkwood Institute and within the community.”
– Nominator, Shannon Walters.
Excellence in Teaching and Coaching Award
Shrikant Chinchalkar, Occupational Therapist, Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Clinic
“Shrikant has trained each and every member of our hand therapy team and, essentially, a generation of hand therapists, to provide the best evidence based care in the world to the patients we serve.” - Nominator, Joey Pipicelli
Excellence in Innovation and Evidence-Based Care Award
Christina Seely, Food and Nutrition Services
“Christina is a strong advocate, ensuring patients have the right nutrition to aid them in their recovery and ultimately, in their quest to live fully.”
– Nominator, Doreen Dentrey