Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fauquier Health Names Tom Cobert Medical Staff Employee of the Year

Dr. Lynn Samuel, medical staff chief, awards the
Medical Staff Employee of the Year award to Tom Cobert,
first assist in the Surgical Services department

The physicians of the Medical Executive Committee at Fauquier Hospital named Tom Cobert, first assist in the Surgical Services department, as the 2015 Medical Staff Employee of the Year. Surgical first assistants work closely with surgeons to facilitate the procedure and process of surgery.
Every spring, the Medical Staff names a staffer who exhibits a commitment to service at Fauquier Hospital; sustains a high level of productivity and consistent quality of work; demonstrates a high degree of initiative in performance of responsibilities; displays exceptional dependability; maintains, demonstrates and exhibits effective relationships with others, excellence in customer service, innovative problem solving and improvement initiatives.

Dr. Lynn Samuel, medical staff chief, said that the choice was unanimous among the physician committee members. She relayed medical staff comments about Cobert:
  • “He goes above and beyond, staying past his scheduled time and coming in on his days off.”
  • “Tom is by far the most dependable and reliable person in this job I have worked with.” 
  • “His attention to detail is unprecedented. His anticipation of the next step in surgical procedures is exceptional.”
  • “Tom is extremely friendly, polite and respectful to everyone, every time.”
  • “He is a team player.”
  • “Patients love Tom, consistently.”
  • “He is an excellent problem solver.”
  • “He is always enthusiastic, even with routine cases.”
  • “Tom always does what he says he’ll do.”

Cobert said he was humbled by the recognition. “I am extremely honored to be receiving such an important award. I have faced several challenges on my way here, but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person I am today; a thorough professional who knows exactly what he wants, someone who sets his eyes on a goal and does not lose sight of it until it is achieved.

This would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my seniors and my

very special colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.

“I sincerely thank each and every one of you at Fauquier Health for helping me reach a place where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement. I also promise to only get better at my work so that I can continue to care for our community in the future. Thank you to all, most especially my family at home and Fauquier Health.”

Spirit of Planetree Winners Announced

Fauquier Health recently honored healthcare professionals within the organization who are recognized as champions of patient and resident-centered care. Spirit of Planetree recipients were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond to support or deliver extraordinary patient and resident-centered care.

Fauquier Hospital is a Planetree designated facility. Planetree designation represents the highest level of achievement in patient and resident-centered care; it is the philosophy Fauquier Health uses to deliver extraordinary health care in an innovative, compassionate and healing environment. To achieve designation, an organization must meet over 60 elements of performance in 11 core dimensions.

The Spirit of Planetree awards are presented in three categories: caregiver, clinician champion and pet therapy team.
Richard Shrout, MS, RN

Sassie, an aussie/border collie -- along with her handler Kathryn Gilmand and pet rep Tiffany Merkley

Dr. Jeffrey Abrams

Spirit of Planetree Caregiver Award
Richard Shrout, oncology nurse practitioner, received the Caregiver Award for Fauquier Hospital.
His nomination application reads: “I have never witnessed someone like Richard. From a bedside nurse, to managing clinical trials, to his current role as an oncology nurse navigator, Richard has never lost sight of the patient as the center of everything he does.”

Spirit of Planetree Clinician Champion Award
Dr. Jeffrey Abrams, physician informaticist, was recognized as the hospital’s Clinician Champion. The award recognizes physicians or advanced practice clinicians who champion the Planetree model of patient-centered care and whose actions demonstrate her or him to be a role model for other medical staff members. His nomination reads: “Dr. Abrams’ focus on patient care and his support crosses disciplines and hierarchies. To ensure we improve our care - he makes sure that clinicians, nurses, physicians and administrators have the data they need to understand the problem first. He then looks for solutions where technology helps us provide higher touch/higher quality care.”

Spirit of Planetree Animal Therapy Award
Sassie, an aussie/border collie -- along with her handler Kathryn Gilmand and pet rep Tiffany Merkley -- was the recipient of the Spirit of Planetree Pet Therapy award. The nomination reads: “What a beautiful and kind pet therapy team! Sassie is so sweet and gentle. I feel so blessed that we have animals that instinctively know how to be gentle and that also bring so much love to patients and employees.”

2016 Spirit of Planetree Excellence in Teamwork Award
Planetree also chooses special programs and initiatives that benefit patients. The Excellence in Teamwork Award is presented in recognition of exemplary team approaches to creating and implementing programs that enhance the patient and family experience. 

The Culture of Safety team was recognized for implementing tools and processes that create and support a Culture of Safety – a culture where individuals and teams are hyper-vigilant about safety. The team put in place new processes and systems to assure patient safety. Members of the team came from many different departments: Laura Welsh, Claudia Dornin, Fran Spearman, Margaret Rowe, Karla Kenefake-Hymens, Cindy Hobbs-Witmer, Colleen Beres, Christie Shaw, Ina Bowman, Eric Maroyka, Melissa Finley, Brenda Hartshorn and Alissa Nobblitt.

The Villa, Fauquier Health’s assisted living facility, recognized Carol Fox as the Spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year and Casey, a furry favorite with residents, as the Pet Therapy recipient.

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center recognized Brenda Payne as the Spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year and Dr. Ami Behiri as the Clinician Champion. Alvin, a cat from Paws for Seniors was the Pet Therapy Award recipient.

Richard Shrout headshot.jpg: Oncology nurse practitioner Richard Shrout received the Spirit of Planetree Caregiver award for 2016.

Dr. Jeffrey Abrams.jpg: Dr. Jeffrey Abrams, informaticist, earned the Spirit of Planetree Clinician Champion award.

Sassy.jpg: Sassie, an aussie/border collie -- along with her handler Kathryn Gilmand and pet rep Tiffany Merkley -- was the recipient of the Spirit of Planetree Pet Therapy award.

Don Shaw Earns Hospital's Mercy Award for 2016

Don Shaw, director of facilities

Don Shaw, director of Facilities at Fauquier Health, has been named the 2016 Mercy Award for his service to Fauquier Hospital patients and the community.

The Mercy Award was established by LifePoint Health in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and CEO. Mercy Award nominees consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving patients, co-workers and the community. They demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday; respect the individual in everything they do, and inspire others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.

The purpose of the Mercy Award is to recognize someone who has an impact outside of the hospital walls, and makes a difference in the community. Shaw is well known on the soccer fields at the WARF, coaching teams for the Warrenton Youth Soccer Club. He is an enthusiastic fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen three-day Race for the Cure and a perennial supporter of the annual holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

Although there were many fine applicants for this year’s Mercy Award, when Shaw’s application came before the selection committee, its members all had personal stories to share about Don’s work ethic and caring nature. He had touched them all.
   Here are some of the comments that arose during that meeting.

  •  “Don is committed to his job, and leads with character. He is always willing to help others and shows these abilities outside of work as well.” 
  •  “He calmly and effectively demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude to take care of pressing needs facing the organization and selflessly supports causes that make a difference in people’s lives.”
  •  “Don is a compassionate and quiet leader who not only cares for Fauquier Health but the families in the community as well. These qualities are demonstrated in his actions at work; through his youth sports coaching; the financial adoption of families during the holidays, and his commitment to seeing breast cancer eradicated.”
  •  “As a switchboard operator, I work closely with Facilities and Don is always helpful and available with a smile on his face. He is hands-on and works alongside his guys, who I know speak well of him.”
  • “Facilities management is such an unheralded part of running a hospital, but so important. His work is behind the scenes, but still well-regarded by the community.”
  •   “Don’s involvement in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fundraising race and the health system’s annual adopt-a-family effort exemplify the passion Scott Mercy had for healthy communities.”
  •  “Don is an active member of the Rewards and Recognition Committee, which sometimes involves thankless jobs at odd hours. Don is always the first to volunteer for those unpopular shifts.”
  •  “The most common comment I hear about Don is that ‘He’s got my back.’ Whatever the job, his motto is ‘get it done.’ He has earned the respect of his team because when it’s time to ‘get it done,’ he’s right there beside them, making sure they have the help they need.”

In accepting the Mercy Award, Shaw said, “Just being nominated for the Mercy award is an honor in itself. All 16 nominees were worthy of winning. To be selected from this group of nominees by a committee of my co-workers and members of the community makes this honor even more rewarding.”

William F. Carpenter III, LifePoint’s chairman and CEO, said, “The Mercy Award is the most important honor we recognize at LifePoint. It represents our culture and our mission of making communities healthier; it honors people, like Don, who go above and beyond to serve others.”

Each LifePoint hospital – including Fauquier Hospital – chooses a Mercy Award recipient. Awardees from all hospitals will be honored at a companywide ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee this summer, where a LifePoint-wide Mercy Award recipient will be announced.