Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award

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2017 Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award Winner

                        MelissaHungerford  

                      Melissa L. Hungerford
              Kansas Hospital Association
                                Topeka

Who Is Donald A. Wilson

Donald A. Wilson served as president of the Kansas Hospital Association from 1982 to 2004. In 2007, the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award was established to honor Wilson’s dedication and years of service to Kansans.

Purpose of the Award

The Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award recognizes hospital-related individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative contribution to health care delivery, health care financing or initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community. The award recognizes a hospital-related individual who has been a change agent in the hospital industry.

Criteria

The award will be given based on the nominee's work in the following areas: relevance; leadership; innovation; partnership: and impact.

The Process

Nominations are submitted online and are reviewed by a committee of past KHA award recipients. The committee may recommend multiple or no awards be given. The committee’s recommendation is presented to the Executive Committee of the KHA Board of Directors for approval.

Award Presentation and Recognition

In recognition for an outstanding, innovative contribution to health care delivery, health care financing or initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community, the awardee will be honored by: Receipt of the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award; Recognition at the Kansas Hospital Association Convention; Coverage in KHA publications and on the KHA website; and media announcements of the award.

Deadline

Nominations will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on June 1.  For additional information, call KHA at (785) 233-7436.

Key Dates

  • March – Call for nominations
  • June 1 – Nominations are due
  • June – Nominations reviewed by committee
  • July – Recommendation presented to the Executive Committee for approval
  • September – Awardee(s) honored at KHA Annual Convention

Materials to Be Submitted

All nominations must be submitted electronically.

Questions on the online nomination form are:
1.  In a brief description (200 words or less), please address the nominee’s work in the following area: Relevance: How does the nominee address emerging challenges or needs related to health care delivery, health care financing or initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community? 
2.  In a brief description (200 words or less), please address the nominee’s work in the following area: Leadership: How does the nominee take a proactive role in improving health care delivery, health care financing or initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community?
3.  In a brief description (200 words or less), please address the nominee’s work in the following area: Innovation: Demonstrate how this nominee took a new, creative approach to addressing an emerging challenge or identified need.
4.  In a brief description (200 words or less), please address the nominee’s work in the following area: Partnership: Share an example of how the nominee works closely with local, regional, state and/or national health care communities and/or how the nominee’s work has the potential for wide application.
5.  In a brief description (200 words or less), please address the nominee’s work in the following area: Impact: How has this nominee made a difference in improving health care delivery, health care finances or initiatives that improve the health and clinical outcomes of their community?

Previous Winners

  • Melissa L. Hungerford, Kansas Hospital Association, Topeka, 2017
  • John H. Jeter, MD, Hays Medical Center, Inc. Hays, 2016
  • Kim Moore, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson, 2015
  •  Susan M. Page, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, 2011
  •  Kent E. Palmberg, MD, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Inc. Topeka, 2007
  •  Roger W. Pearson, Great Plains Health Alliance, Phillipsburg, 2008
For more information on this meeting, contact Steve Poage (spoage@kha-net.org) or Ronni Anderson (kanderson@kha-net.org) at (785) 233-7436.
Please join us for a Noon Briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 15, when we will unveil these new forms and provide instructions on how to complete them. Speakers for this webinar include Deborah Stern, senior vice president of clinical services and general counsel, KHA Anne Kindling, former manager of risk management, Stormont Vail Health Kendra Baldridge, director bureau of community health systems, KDHE and Jim Perkins, director health facilities, KDHE.
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For more information, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436 or kanderson@khsc.org.
This seminar will be appropriate for any board member or hospital administrator, and will be offered six times for convenience, each seminar will cover the same material.Locations and Dates:Wichita - June 27Garden City - June 28Parsons - July 19Topeka - Aug. 17Salina - Oct. 17Colby - Oct. 18