DCHA Members Celebrate Another Successful Annual Banquet

The District of Columbia hospitals and their supporters gathered together Tuesday night to celebrate our hospitals and the patients they serve at DCHA’s 35th Annual Banquet.  Nearly 400 people attended the dinner including Deputy Mayor BB Otero, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), Councilmember David Catania (I-At-Large), Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), Councilmember David Grosso (I-At-Large), Director of the Department of Health Care Finance Wayne Turnage, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health Stephen Baron, and Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.  The Chairman of the DCHA Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Providence Hospital Amy Freemman and DCHA President Robert A. Malson co-hosted the event.  Doreen Gentzler, News Channel 4 anchor, served as mistress of ceremonies for the 16th year and thanked the banquet’s Platinum, seven Chairman’s Circle and thirteen Patron Sponsors for their support.
Ms. Freeman presented the Robert L. Sloan Leadership Award to Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President for Ambulatory & Community Health Services at Children’s National Medical Center, in recognition of Dr. Cora-Bramble’s dedication to providing medical care and improving access to quality health services for children.  The award is named after the former CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital who retired in July 2012 and was inspired by Mr. Sloan’s exemplary leadership skills and personal style.  It is given to an individual from one of DCHA’s member hospitals, as chosen by the Officers of the DCHA Board of Directors.

Ms. Gentzler awarded the DCHA Environmental Excellence Award to Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Green Team/Project Green, represented by Robert Jewell, Director of Environmental Services. The award is presented to one who demonstrates a commitment to implementing strong environmental practices to improve the health of patients, staff, and the environment.

The DCHA Patient Safety Award was presented to the Positive Behavior Support Team at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, represented by the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Canavan.  The award is given in recognition of the high priority safety and quality care take in the day-to-day activities of our hospitals.  The award recognizes individuals or teams from a DCHA hospital who demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving the culture of safety in an institution.

Chairman Alexander presented the DCHA Haynes Rice Community Service Award to MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting Program, represented by Loral Patchen.  This award honors individuals or organizations that have made unique contributions to improve the health of the communities served by DCHA member hospitals by demonstrating exceptional scientific, administrative or humanitarian achievements and exemplary leadership in solving problems at a local, regional, or national level.

Mr. Malson presented the DCHA Distinguished Service Award, to Deborah McDonough, the Director of Patient Safety & Quality Improvement at Sibley Memorial Hospital.  Ms. McDonough’s contributions to improving quality in our hospital community through DCHA’s Quality, Patient Safety, and Compliance Committee and at Sibley are notable. She represented Sibley Memorial Hospital and DCHA at the Quality & Safety Roadmap conference in San Diego earlier this year.

DCHA would like to congratulate all the award winners and to thank everyone for their attendance at the event. We would further like to extend a very special measure of appreciation to our Platinum, Chairman’s Circle and Patron Sponsors.  We truly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again next year!

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