Employees Honored with Top Award at Lee Health

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Sept. 20, 2017) --- Lee Health announced this year’s recipients of the annual Board of Directors “Doc Coggins Commitment to Excellence Award.” Fifteen award winners were selected from the system’s hospitals, outpatient centers, physician offices, and ancillary and support services. Employees are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to Lee Health’s pillars of patient experience/customer service, teamwork and continuous improvement.

The prestigious award was created by the Board of Directors in 2003 to honor exceptional employees and is the highest formal award given to non-management staff. It is named in honor of Lester “Doc” Coggins, a community leader and former board member.

“There were more than 300 employees nominated for the Doc Coggins Award this year,” says Sanford Cohen, M.D., Lee Health Board of Directors Chairman. “We are very proud of the winners and those who were nominated. They exemplify everything Lee Health stands for. On behalf of the entire Board, I congratulate them.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Jacqueline Awiszus, Ultrasound Technologist, Lee Physician Group Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Tiffany Blauvelt, CRN, Medical Progressive Care Unit, Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Donna Davis, Information Systems Analyst, Human Resources
  • Lucy Davis, Patient Care Liaison, Intensive Care Unit, Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Susan Dawson, RN, Clinical Outcomes Improvement Specialist, Medical Staff Quality
  • Erica Evans, RN, Medical Progressive Care Unit, Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Maite Fernandez, RN, BSN, Lee Physician Group Infectious Disease
  • Julio C. Irizarry, CNA, Emergency Department, Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Doreen Lau, Nutrition Services Assistant, Milk Lab, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
  • Kali Lynch, Media Relations Specialist, Strategic Communications & Public Relations
  • Edward Newton, PharmD., BCCP, BCPS, Pharmacist, Lee Memorial Hospital Pharmacy
  • Sherri Parmar, RN, BSN, Comprehensive Progressive Care Unit, Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Peggy Pieper, Administrative Specialist, Clinical Learning
  • Colicia Reeves, Interior Design Assistant, Facility Management
  • Michael Ridley, Operating Room Clerk, Surgery Center, Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary

Doc Coggins Award winners will be recognized at a special “Commitment to Excellence” Gala in the fall, hosted by the Board of Directors.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org

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