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Upland Hills Health Employee Awards

Kaye Davis, RN, Community Wellness Award

This award was initiated in 1996 to recognize a person, business or organization, which has made outstanding contributions to improve the health status of the people in our service area. The award is named after the late Kaye Davis, RN, who devoted considerable time and talents to a nursing career, predominantly at Memorial Hospital of Iowa County, now Upland Hills Health. Nominees should have actively demonstrated a commitment to actions that promote the well being and quality of life in their communities. This may include contributions of time, talents and/or dollars to promote, teach or otherwise encourage wellness.

Award Criteria

Award Winners Honored:

2018:

Dr. Charles Pearce, Madison
Emergency Physicians

2016:

Patti Richgels, R.N.

2015:

Karl Pustina

2014:

Dr. Gordon Grieshaber

2013:

Joanne Deal

2012:

John Mason

2011:

Brian Whitehouse

2010:

Ann Thompson, R.N.

2009:

Jan Cooper

2008:

Wally Orzechowski

2007:

Aaron Dunn, M.D.

2006:

Jeff Weber

2005:

Wendell Hamlin

2004:

Carol Needham, RN

2003:

Rita Stanton, RN

2002:

Everett R. Lindsey, M.D.

2001:

Anna Whalen

2000:

Michelle Helin, RN

1999:

Millie Swedlund, RN

1998:

June Meudt, RN

1997:

Sandy Gratz, RN

1996:

Mark P. Bishop, M.D.

Kaye Walsh Spirit of Optimism Award

This award is presented to recognize a physician, employee or volunteer of Upland Hills Health who exemplifies a spirit of optimism and excellence in customer service when serving patients, families and colleagues at Upland Hills Health. The award is named after the late Kaye Walsh, who devoted 17 years to serving patients at Memorial Hospital of Iowa County, now Upland Hills Health. Kaye served as both Staff Technician and Director of Radiology and was the first, and for many years, the only certified ultrasound technician, usually “on call” for emergency ultrasounds. Kaye’s interactions with patients and colleagues were filled with empathy and optimism. The optimism Kaye demonstrated throughout her own courageous battle with cancer was an inspiration to those who knew her. Nominees should have actively demonstrated a positive attitude and spirit of optimism in their interpersonal communications with patients, families and co-workers.

Award Criteria

Award Winners Honored:

2018:

Josh Taylor, R.N.

2017:

Jeff Pierce

2016:

Michelle Carver

2015:

Sheila Johnson-Siegler

2014:

Brenda Kite

2013:

Maureen Teubert

2012:

Kim Emerson

2011:

Bobbi DeVoss

2010:

Mary Odgers

2009:

Renee Dahl

2008:

Matt Williams

2007:

Sele Hufton, RN

2006:

Lisa Faherty-Bilse, RN

2005:

Aaron Gabel

2004:

Steve McCarthy

2003:

Caron Swindall, RN

2002:

Mike Borne

2001:

Barbara Lawler

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The Upland Hills Health Leadership Award

The success of our organization is closely tied to the quality of our leaders. The Upland Hills Health Leadership Award is presented to a director, manager or other Upland Hills Health employee who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for a specific project or initiative felt to be of great importance to the mission of the organization. Nominees should have actively demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing a department or a project and to teaching, coaching and mentoring others.

Award Criteria

Award Winners Honored:

2018:

Stephanie Wanek, R.N.

2016:

Doug Finley

2015:

Francine Rask

2014:

Patricia Hinderman, R.N.

2013:

Ryan Teasdale

2012:

Amy Drury

2011:

Jaime Austin, R.D.

2010:

Heather Johnson, R.N.

2009:

Tammie Richter

2008:

Marianne Crowley and Becky Tank

2007:

Phil Swain

2006:

Lynn Hebgen, RN

2005:

Judy Straus

2004:

Phyllis Fritsch

2003:

John Mason

2002:

Steve McCarthy

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Lisa Faherty-Bilse Memorial

“Attitude IS Everything” Motivational Nursing Award

This award was initiated in 2011 to recognize an Upland Hills Health nurse (RN or LPN) who motivates and communicates effectively and positively with their co-workers, patients and visitors. This award is in memory of Lisa Faherty-Bilse, who served many years as an inspirational Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, and then as the Director of the Emergency Department. Lisa was known for her ability to motivate those around her to constantly better themselves and Upland Hills Health. Nominees for this award should have actively demonstrated the ability to motivate others and provide positive communication. This includes behaviors such as always wanting to learn, respect for other people, desire to help others and to do something useful and creating a team environment within the work setting.

Award Criteria

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Ambassador

2018:

Wendy Marr-Smith, Speech Therapist

2017:

Vicki Scheel, Director, Health Information Management

2016:

Becky Tank, Registered Nurse, Cardiac Rehab

2015:

John Mason, Director, Heart, Lung & Sleep Center

2014:

Karl Pustina, Vice President of Finance

2013:

Phyllis Fritsch, President/CEO

2012:

Jaime Austin, Dietitian

2011:

Brad Vamsted, Athletic Trainer

2009:

Steve McCarthy, Director, Therapy Services

2008:

Dr. John Lehman, Family Medicine Physician

2007:

Jill Roethe, Medical Technician

2006:

Claire Holland, Social Worker

2005:

Wendell Hamlin, Registered Nurse, Emergency Department

2004:

Linda Griffiths, Registered Nurse, Surgery

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Does my insurance work with Upland Hills Health?

It’s one of the most common questions our patient financial services experts get.

Most people are surprised to learn that Upland Hills Health works with a wide range of health plan and PPOs. We are an independent, nonprofit healthcare organization, always pursuing additional insurance carriers that service our communities.

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