PeopleRenown Health honors three with awards
RENO, Nev. (Nov. 28, 2007) – Renown Health recently honored three employees with Leadership Awards. The awards recognized leadership ability, contributing to the organization’s success, care and compassion and supporting the four fundamentals of Renown Health: people, service, quality and stewardship, officials said.
The honorees were selected from more than 57 employees nominated by coworkers. Each person represented a different leadership level from within the organization: John Cooke, Supervisor of the Year, Kevin Desmond, Manager of the Year and Al Herak, Director of the Year.
The award winners and their fellow nominees were honored at Renown Health’s Leadership Quest, a semi-annual leadership development program that promotes networking, provides an organizational progress report and develops leaders’ skills.
“These leaders provide the expertise and guidance necessary to support Renown Health in optimizing our patients' healthcare,” said Renown Health President/CEO Jim Miller. “They all lead by example, instilling a higher standard by believing every one of their staff and peers makes a genuine difference in the many lives they touch.”
Honoree John Cooke is the utilities supervisor for Facility Services at Renown Regional Medical Center. Cooke was recognized for being a role model to employees; someone who upholds the four fundamentals and purpose statement by walking the talk, officials said. He treats everyone with respect; takes a personal interest in his employees; avoids creating silos by embracing all departments as part of his team; displays and expects a high level of service; has been extensively involved in the new Central Utility Plant and Tahoe Tower systems to ensure quality and expects his team to be good stewards by researching the most cost effective solutions.
In addition to his work at Renown, Cooke also volunteers to teach the emergency power systems module for the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
Honoree Kevin Desmond is Manager of Pharmacy at Renown South Meadows Medical Center. Desmond has worked for Renown for more than 20 years and is not only recognized as an outstanding leader by his employees but also by peers, patients and physicians. Dedicated to his work, he serves on multiple interdisciplinary committees. He recently was featured in a quality campaign for his work on the pneumococcal/influenza vaccination program, which helped South Meadows Medical Center move into the upper percentile ranking for its quality indicator.
Honoree Al Herak is the Director of Decision Support for the health network. Herak was nominated not only by his direct reports, but also by multiple peers and Senior Leaders. All of the nominations mentioned his passion for turning data into information that helps Renown Health achieve its Purpose.
Herak is a mentor to many and a role model to all, officials said. He unselfishly shares his time, energy and talents with many local organizations such as the Partners in Education, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Camp Lots-A-Fun and Junior Achievement.
Any leader can be nominated for the awards, which are distributed annually. Senior Leadership, Human Resources and past Leadership of the Year recipients select the winners.