Contributors to UCH honored at President’s Award ceremony

By Staff

Those who have made exceptional contributions to the University of Colorado Hospital recently were honored at the President’s Award ceremony.

Lisa Kassell, a clinical dietitian with Food and Nutrition Services, earned an Outstanding Service Award for her service to the Surgical Weight Loss Center team and the patients it treats. Kassell prepares patients for bariatric surgery and follows them through the procedure and postoperative period. Also receiving an Outstanding Service Award was Phil Boden for his efforts to remodel and upgrade the Discharge Lounge. The room accommodates inpatients preparing to leave the hospital.
The Rock Solid Economics award went to Perioperative Services staffers Ashley Nassau, a senior financial analyst, and business coordinators Joanne Becker and Karen TalcottJoan Hart of the University of Colorado Cancer Center gave a very personal donation to cancer patients and their families. Earlier this year, Hart set out to raise $5,000 for the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund, and pledge to save her head if she beat her goal. She lost her long locks but received the Community Service award for her efforts.
A 14-member team received the Working Together Award for helping to implement a new, online performance appraisal system. The Human Resources/Patient Services Health Stream Competency Team automated the hospital’s paper-based employee performance evaluation system.
Elizabeth Tupta, a nurse on the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, received the Patient and Family Centered Care award for her efforts to provide care that stretched across years to a patient.

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