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2018 Awards

Virginia Community Healthcare Association Names 2018 Award Winners, Graduates Nine Teams from CHC Leadership Institute
Individuals and Teams Honored for their Work on Behalf of Virginia’s Community Health Centers


June 25, 2018
The Virginia Community Healthcare Association has announced its annual award winners. Honorees were recognized at an awards dinner earlier this month 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 Health Center organizations operating 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 access to convenient, high-quality, affordable primary care regardless of ability to pay, geographic location, culture, age, gender, or religion. Community Health Centers in Virginia log over 1 million patient encounters annually, providing primary care to some of our state’s sickest and poorest citizens.
Below are those recognized at the 2018 Awards Ceremony:

William E. Cole: Friend of the Association Award

William E. Cole: Friend of the Association Award

Keith Hearle | Neighborhood Health | Alexandria, Virginia

This award recognizes 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/community development assistance.

Keith is the past Board President at Neighborhood Health in Alexandria, Virginia. He has over twenty-five years of experience working in consulting, management, and research with a focus on health care, and has had a specialization in strategic planning, financial analysis and decision support. While serving on the Board at Neighborhood Health, Keith made a significant impact on the evolution of the health center, including in the purchase and financing of new property, and in leading the organization through critical leadership transitions and periods of growth. Keith was integral in the Association’s efforts to resolve a $6.3 million shortfall in Medicaid reimbursements which ultimately benefited health centers and the communities that they serve.

Said Dr. Basim Khan, Executive Director of Neighborhood Health,

“I highly doubt that we would have achieved the change in Medicaid reimbursement without Keith’s efforts. He persisted over many years to resolve this issue, which affected health centers in Virginia. I worked closely with Keith during the last few years of this push and I can attest to his drive, commitment, perseverance, and deep knowledge. He believed in the value of health centers and wanted to make an impact. And he ended up making a huge impact on all of us and our patients.”

Rod Manifold: Young Professional of the Year Award

Rod Manifold: Young Professional of the Year Award

Amanda Palmore Morgan | Central Virginia Health Services | New Canton, Virginia

This award recognizes the accomplishments of an exceptional staff person of a Member organization who has helped further the mission of providing high quality, culturally competent health services to underserved populations and supports the organization’s overall mission.

Amanda began working at Central Virginia Health Services as a front office helper while in high school and throughout her college years continued to keep in touch with the health center. After college graduation, CVHS hired her to work in the development office. Since that time, Amanda, who is now the Director of Marketing and Government Affairs, has been a strong advocate for the health center by demonstrating a deep commitment to increasing access to care and affecting our communities through tireless and determined advocacy efforts.

Said Paula Tomko, Executive Director of Central Virginia Health Services,

“Amanda has been mission-driven for community health centers since she started working for us as a high-school student. She has received recognition from the National Association of Community Health Centers for her advocacy efforts on behalf of CVHS and is frequently asked to speak on issues related to Social Media, National Health Center Week, and Advocacy at the NACHC national conferences. We at CVHS are so delighted that she has been publicly recognized for the efforts she makes on behalf of others who will never know how hard she works to ensure that they have access to health care. Without a doubt, Amanda embodies the spirit of this award.”

Provider of the Year Award

Provider of the Year Award

Duane Kresge, PNP | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, 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.

Duane is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Johnson Health Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. His reputation for delivering such a high level of quality care has made him one of the most sought-after practitioners in his community. Duane has helped Johnson Health Center significantly grow its patient-base. In addition, he regularly serves as preceptor and role model to medical students and on-boards new advanced level practitioners at JHC.

Said Gary Campbell, CEO of Johnson Health Center,

“One of the reasons Community Health Centers stand out is for the personalized and sincere care they provide patients. Our providers spend the time to get to know their patients and to really listen to what is happening in their lives. Duane has a reputation within our community for administering an excellent level of patient care. Patients tell us that they drive past many other provider offices just to be seen by Duane. This past September, he was responsible for providing the care that helped save a child’s life. Duane truly lives out our core values every day.”

Nurse of the Year Award

Nurse of the Year Award

Erica Johnson, RN, BSN | Hampton Roads Community Health Center | Portsmouth, 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.

Erica started at the organization as an LPN floor nurse and diligently worked her way to become the LPN Charge Nurse. While working full time, she took her nursing courses and became a Registered Nurse. Due to her continued professional growth, she now serves as a trainer, a coach, a mentor, a confidant, and a friend to many of the staff. She is a respected leader at her health center and is exceptionally dedicated to ensuring that an optimal level of quality care is delivered to everyone who enters Hampton Roads Community Health Center. Erica is responsible for the day-to-day clinical administrative management of the organization, supervises and trains the LPN charge nurses at all five sites of the health center which ensures consistency with the carrying out of adopted clinical policies and protocols.

Said Barbara Willis, CEO of Hampton Roads Community Health Center,

“Erica is not only a dynamic leader, she has such a giving spirit. In addition to her daily work duties, she is the point person for Joint Commission Accreditation ensuring health center achievement. She conducts new hire orientation, helps write policies, provides clinical input for grants, and conducts clinical quality checks. When our organization was not able to access a CPR trainer for staff, Erica took the course and became the official trainer. She serves as a mentor, and led by example to staff, by helping them achieve their professional goals which has led to many becoming certified medical assistants, LPNs and RNs. I should also mention that during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, she has opened her home to any staff who don’t have family or friends to be with on those days. Our organization is fortunate to have Erica on our team.”

Staff Member of the Year Award

Staff Member of the Year Award

Deborah Spratley-Cooper | Southeastern Virginia Health System | Newport News, Virginia

This award recognizes a non-medical employee of a health center who has demonstrated dedication 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.

Deborah is described by her work colleagues as “the epitome of the best all-around employee.” She has been with the organization for fifteen years and was instrumental in the growth of the organization from one site to ten. During that time, she has served in the capacity of medical records technician, patient services representative, call center operator, PAP coordinator, and greeter. Her work colleagues describe her as a humble, caring, and empathetic.

Said Angela Futrell, CEO of Southeastern Virginia Health System,

“Whatever has been asked of Deborah, from assisting in the opening of new access points, to setting up front desk signage, to new staff orientation, she is a caring, empathetic, constant, and committed individual with a can-do spirit. Our organization has a leave bank for employees who need additional time away from work due to emergency or medical reasons. It is not unusual for Deborah to donate all of her annual leave into the leave bank. Deborah is super team player and we are so fortunate that she is a part of our team.”

Team of the Year Award

Team of the Year Award

The Black Lung Program Team | Stone Mountain Health Services | Jonesville, Virginia

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

Since 1991, the Stone Mountain Black Lung Program has been the Virginia grantee funded by HRSA to provide holistic health care to active, retired, and former coal miners as well as assisting widows of miners who had Black Lung disease. The program includes case finding, outreach, and marketing; screening, testing, diagnosis, and treatment; patient education; pulmonary rehabilitation referrals; and benefits counseling. According to HRSA, during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which is the most recent for which we have data, the 15 Black Lung grantees across the country served about 13,000 miners. Of these, the Stone Mountain clinics served almost 2,500, which is nearly 20% of the total number of miners served by all of the HRSA grantees combined.

Said Malcolm Perdue, CEO of Stone Mountain Health Services

Stone Mountain Health Services is delighted that our Black Lung Program Team has been selected by their peers in this category. Our Team’s success is a testament to their commitment to the miners in our area. One of the reasons that so many miners come to Stone Mountain is the strength of our benefits counseling services. Our counselors assist miners through the entire application process, including explaining the claims process, deciding whether and when to file a claim, and completing documents. In addition, because we offer a unique Layperson Legal Representation program, we extend the basic Benefits Counseling process to include helping patients through the rest of the claims process, up to and including serving as their representative at hearings with the Administrative Law Judge and before the Benefits Review Board, in the event that an appeal is filed. We are proud of our Black Lung Program Team for the compassionate care they provide in our communities.”

CHC Leadership Institute Teams

CHC Leadership Institute Teams

In addition to recognizing annual award winners, nine Community Health Center (CHC) teams from around the Commonwealth graduated from Virginia Community Health Care Association’s Virginia CHC Leadership Institute. Virginia Community Healthcare Association provides this nine-month intensive program for teams from its member health centers. The program assists teams of CHC leaders in learning about and implementing best practice strategies in clinical, management, and community settings. The Virginia CHC Leadership Institute facilitates CHC teams in identifying their own objectives in order to design a Capstone Project which addresses a priority issue at their CHC. With support and training provided by the Virginia CHC Leadership Institute, teams complete their Capstone Projects. Participating teams also present their projects to their cohort teams so that all teams benefit from cohort innovations, experiences, discoveries, solutions, and best practices. This year’s Virginia CHC Leadership Cohort Class included teams from the following health centers:

  • -Capital Area Health Network | Richmond, Virginia
  • -Central Virginia Health Services | New Canton, Virginia
  • -Daily Planet Health Services | Richmond, Virginia
  • -Eastern Shore Rural Health System | Onancock, Virginia
  • -Hampton Roads Community Health Center | Portsmouth, VA
  • -Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia
  • -Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) | Danville, Virginia
  • -Rockbridge Area Health Center | Lexington, Virginia
  • -Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems | Saltville, Virginia

Said R. Neal Graham, CEO, Virginia Community Healthcare Association,

“We are extremely proud of these teams and their health center leadership for their commitment to the future of Community Health by participating in our visionary and innovative Virginia CHC Leadership Institute. Their continued drive to join us in remaining on the leading edge of providing convenient, cost-effective, high-quality primary care for all Virginians is admirable and deserving of great praise and respect. We look forward to having all CHCs from Virginia join us in this endeavor.”