2015 VCHA Award Winners

June 3, 2015 — For immediate release

The Virginia Community Healthcare Association has announced its annual award winners. Tuesday evening, June 2, the Honorees were recognized at an awards dinner hosted at the Association’s Conference Center located in western Henrico County. The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary work on behalf of and within Virginia’s Community Health Centers.

Virginia has 29 Community Health Centers which operate over 150 service sites within rural and urban medically underserved areas across the Commonwealth. Using the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, Virginia’s Community Health Centers provide high-quality, affordable primary care regardless of whether a person is insured or uninsured, has a job or is unemployed. Community Health Centers in Virginia annually log over 1 Million patient encounters providing primary care to some of our state’s sickest and poorest citizens.

Here are the 2015 Award Winners:

2015 william cole award winner
Peggy Whitehead, Board President, presents the William E. Cole Friend of the Association Award to Dr. William A. Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The William E. Cole Friend of the Association Award

The Honorable William A. Hazel, Jr. MD | Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Established in 1986, this award is named in honor of a man who helped spark the development of primary care in Virginia. Mr. Cole was the first Regional Office Director of the National Health Service Corps. He has been described as a “skillful negotiator” and a “tremendous advocate with the Regional Office System.” He was important to the development of the Association, the new starts and consortia development activities, and the key to the survival of many of our small centers. Annually, the William E. Cole award acknowledges an individual who has advocated for, or aided, community health care in areas such as political advocacy, resource advocacy, public or private agencies, or program and community development assistance.

“Secretary Hazel has been an innovator and champion of the Virginia Health Safety Net and our Community Health Centers,” said Neal Graham, CEO of Virginia Community Healthcare Association. “He has demonstrated a commitment to fostering relationships between healthcare providers, legislators, business leaders, and many others. It is this dedication, tenacity, and compassion that embody the true spirit and ideals of community health.”

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The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award

Talmage Stanley, Board Member SVCHS, with Bryan Haynes, Executive Director SVCHS recipient of the 2015 the Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award
Talmage Stanley, Board Member SVCHS, with Bryan Haynes, Executive Director SVCHS recipient of the 2015 the Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award

Bryan Haynes, Executive Director | Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems | Saltville, Virginia

This award recognizes an outstanding staff person of a member organization or of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, who is a non-provider or non-volunteer, for their extraordinary efforts in support of the organization’s overall mission.

According to Mr. Talmage Stanley, past board chair of the organization’s board of directors who nominated Mr. Haynes for the award, Mr. Haynes led his organization through some unique financial and operational challenges.

Said Mr. Stanley,

“Once he was placed as Executive Director, Mr. Haynes immediately set to work diagnosing the issues, making decisions for the long-term health of the organization, and restoring staff morale. He began to effect significant change. With his leadership, our organization is now expanding… Mr. Haynes, while having faced an unimaginable family crisis himself, has not only piloted our organization through rough waters with vision and professionalism, but he has also done so with good cheer, calmness, and equanimity. “

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Maureen Neal, COO of Advancement for The Daily Planet, with Marc Taylor, LPC, recipient of the 2015 Provider of the Year Award.
Maureen Neal, COO for Advancement, The Daily Planet, with Marc Taylor, LPC, 2015 Provider of the Year.

Provider of the Year

Marc Taylor, LPC | The Daily Planet | Richmond, Virginia 

This award recognizes an outstanding health care provider who has demonstrated dedication, expertise and concern for their patients in a compassionate and comprehensive manner.  Provider is defined as physician, dentist, pharmacist, behavioral health or other mid-level practitioner.

Marc Taylor is a licensed professional counselor and trained psychotherapist. He has been a therapist in The Daily Planet’s Behavioral Health Program since 2005. He has inspired patients and colleagues alike to challenge themselves and to embrace innovation in the patients’ and the organization’s thinking and behaviors.

Said Maureen Neal, Chief Operating Officer for Advancement of The Daily Planet,

“Although Marc has participated in and supported many initiatives over his tenure at The Daily Planet, it is in the realm of innovation and creativity where Marc’s efforts are truly remarkable. He has stepped far outside of his usual role in a counseling effort to extend an invitation to clients to utilize their own talents to express themselves outside the therapeutic setting… Four theatrical performances have realized rewarding and substantial benefits. Clients acknowledge and better understand their individual set of circumstances while utilizing their talents to bring community attention to the needs of those suffering with mental illness, addiction, and/or homelessness. Often the mission of an organization is written on a page and remains a static description of purpose. Through participant-generated performance, the words literally come off the page.”

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Peggy Whitehead, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Medical Center and VCHA Board President, and 2015 Team of the Year member Peggy Swan, RN, accepting on behalf of her team.
Peggy Whitehead, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Medical Center and VCHA Board President, and 2015 Team of the Year member Peggy Swan, RN, accepting on behalf of her team.

Team of the Year

The School Nursing Team from Blue Ridge Medical Center | Arrington, Virginia

The team lead by Sara Tomlin, RN, includes Peggy Swan, RN, Cindy LaChance, RN, Kim Duff, RN, Diane Rasile, RN, and substitute school nurse, Amy Saunders, RN.

This award recognizes outstanding teamwork within a member organization that demonstrates that ability to work together toward the common goals and missions of the organization.

Said Margaret “Peggy” Whitehead, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Medical Center,

“BRMC School Nurses each see anywhere from 35 to 60 students every day in their respective health clinics, and kindly guide each one even when they are there to avoid going to class. Students and school personnel alike love their nurses because of their straight-forward but caring approach. They each work very well with other resources such as the guidance counselors, CSB in-school workers, teachers, and school administration. Under Sara’s leadership, the school nurses promote healthy living through billboards, participation in school activities, health fairs at their schools, kindergarten registration and by planning student activities.”

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Judy Ladjack, RN, and Gary Campbell, CEO of Johnson Health Center.
2015 Nurse of the Year Judy Ladjack, RN,CCM, and Gary Campbell, CEO of Johnson Health Center

Nurse of the Year

Judy Ladjack, RN, CCM |  Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia

This award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated dedication, expertise and concern to see that patients are afforded the best quality care and who has demonstrated outstanding quality in working with staff, patients, and family members.

Judy is a Registered Nurse/Certified Care Manager who was hired to create the Johnson Health Center Care Management/Navigator program. Her role was to staff adult, pediatrics and OBGYN with a RN interested in moving into a care management environment.  In 2014, Judy was successful in launching the program, and in addition, she took on Patient Centered Medical Home team leadership and drove Johnson Health Center to a successful level 2 certification for the health center’s flagship operations in downtown Lynchburg.

Said Gary Campbell, CEO, Johnson Health Center,

“At Johnson Health Center, we have five core values; Respect, Excellence, Teamwork, Innovation and Teamwork. Judy lives each one of them to its highest level and has such a passion for taking care of people. She is incredibly respected by staff and patients alike. Her energy, compassion, enthusiasm and drive to success seem to be limitless.”