Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and honorable mentions of this year's Spirit of Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Sodexho Health Care Services, an Avon, Conn.-based company. This year's competition drew 157 nominations, a slight increase over last year's record of 155 entries.
Modern Healthcare and Sodexho announced this year's award competition on Aug. 2, and the deadline for entry submission was Oct. 15. All of the submitted entries can be found online at sodexho-bps.com under the "Best Practices Showcase" section.
This year's winners and honorable mentions are profiled on the following pages. Each of the four winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and each of the four runners-up will receive a $1,500 cash prize.
To assist Modern Healthcare in making the selections, the magazine enlisted the help of four judges, all affiliated with last year's Spirit of Excellence Award recipients. They are: Douglas Leonard, chief executive officer, Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital; Janice McCoy, vice president of patient-care services, Cape Canaveral Hospital/Health First, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Linda Miller, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati; and John Tolmie, president and CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. Modern Healthcare and Sodexho would like to thank the judges for their assistance.
Modern Healthcare and Sodexho also would like to thank the following people for their work in making this year's competition another success:
* Kristine Peterson, president of Chicago-based healthcare consulting company Greystone Interactive, who facilitated this year's awards program. Peterson can be reached at [email protected].
* Kathleen Robson, Modern Healthcare copy editor, who coordinated the competition and assigned and edited the profiles of the winners and runners-up. Contact Robson at [email protected].
* And Ed Finkel, a freelance writer based in Evanston, Ill., who wrote the profiles. Finkel can be reached at [email protected].
To contact Sodexho, please call Carol Ganci at 860-678-1023, or e-mail her at [email protected].
Please look for an announcement of the 2005 Spirit of Excellence Awards competition next year in Modern Healthcare. The winners and honorable mentions will be profiled in a special section of the Dec. 12, 2005 issue.