HBA Atlanta chapter announces the nominees for the 2012 Woman in Healthcare Leadership award

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The Atlanta chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), a not-for-profit organization committed to helping women in healthcare achieve their goals at every stage of their career, today announced the ten nominees to be considered for the 2012 HBA Atlanta Woman in Healthcare Leadership award. These candidates have contributed to the development of Atlanta’s healthcare industry and served as mentors through leadership and guidance to their peers.

The Atlanta chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), a not-for-profit organization committed to helping women in healthcare achieve their goals at every stage of their career, today announced the ten nominees to be considered for the 2012 HBA Atlanta Woman in Healthcare Leadership award. These candidates have contributed to the development of Atlanta’s healthcare industry and served as mentors through leadership and guidance to their peers. The nominees and their outstanding attributes are described in detail below:

  • Lee Alexander, manager of workforce planning and employment, Northeast Georgia Health System, was nominated for her compassion, dedication and fairness in dealing with people. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Alexander was recently chosen as one of the top leaders in her organization to assist in implementing and developing a new, innovative visual management tool and will work with administration on training managers and directors across departments. Also, Ms. Alexander has recently been nominated as the president of the Atlanta Area Healthcare Recruiter Association (AAHCR).
  • Deborah Cancilla, chief information officer of Grady Health System, was nominated for her tireless leadership in the investment in technology and implementation of solid healthcare support systems. By negotiating and implementing EPIC, a new enterprise-wide electronic medical record system, Ms. Cancilla has delivered dramatic value in improving the medical care for patients and the sustainability of the health system. Through the implementation of EPIC, Ms. Cancilla has won laurels for Grady Health System as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals in the U.S. in 2012.
  • Marcia Delk, MD, senior vice president, medical affairs and chief quality officer for WellStar Health System, has been nominated for her dedication in protecting patients, employees and visitors at WellStar’s more than 100 facilities from infection through the implementation of cutting-edge technologies. Dr. Delk made WellStar the first Southeastern health system to implement the progressive Bioquell cleaning technique to eliminate bacterial infection in patient rooms. In addition, she has won national awards and accolades such as the prestigious “Quality and Patient Safety Award” and the “Circle of Excellence Award” for demonstrating sustained commitment to quality and patient safety.
  • Patty Fritz, vice president of policy and communication at UCB, Inc., was nominated for her phenomenal work ethic and service at UCB for more than 20 years. Ms. Fritz was recognized for her demonstrated commitment to mentor other women and coach people with the necessary skills to become an empowered leader in the industry. Ms. Fritz values the opportunity to share her knowledge and experiences to help other women build a path through the complex environment of bio-pharmaceuticals towards a unique and fulfilling career. Moreover, she is described as the epitome of a great leader in that she is highly intelligent and exhibits grace, confidence and calm support in everything she does.
  • Jane Green, PhD, president and CEO of Morley Research Consortium, was nominated for her excellence in establishing clinical trial research standards and training programs. Dr. Green is widely recognized for her contribution as the founding board member for SoCRA (Society of Clinical Research Associates) and the chair of Metro Chamber of Commerce for Clinical Trials. She also developed the first community based oncology network of private practice physicians in the state of Georgia and the surrounding southern states, enabling rural based patients to have access to clinical trials without leaving their homes.
  • Carol Henderson, director of health, science and advanced technologies at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), was recognized for her development of the life sciences in the state of Georgia. Ms. Henderson has been pivotal in strategic planning and building on existing alliances and resources such as the University System of Georgia, the Centers of Innovation, Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Bio, among others. As a senior project manager for GDEcD’s life sciences division, she has worked with an array of multi-national life sciences companies for location expansions in Georgia, including Baxter International.
  • Tiffany Karp, director of business development at the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), was nominated in recognition of her contributions to GCMI, a nonprofit start-up firm, chartered to advance the cause of the medical device industry in Atlanta and the Southeast. She exemplifies strong management and leadership skills and has pioneered the development of GCMI's vision by assisting numerous medical device innovators. Ms. Karp is also involved in the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as the co-chair of the Chamber's Bioscience Leadership Council Medical Device Committee. Additionally, she is serving as the chair of the SEMDA 2013 Conference Sponsor Committee.
  • Kimberly Ray, vice president of site and patient strategies at Quintiles, has been nominated for her passion in driving the advancement of women across different associations and organizations. She is considered to be a champion for all women and a quiet force leading change within her organization and women within healthcare as whole. One of her key leadership roles includes being the co-chair of the Women Inspired Network (WIN) in 2012. Furthermore, as a board member of the HBA Atlanta chapter, Kim has been actively working to develop speakers for the National Leadership conference and mentoring leaders for the HBA Liaison committee.
  • Cindy Roser, senior vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health’s Southeast Medical Channel Region, has been nominated for her role as an unwavering advocate for women at her organization formally in her role as co-chair of the WIN Steering Committee and informally in her role of mentor and coach. Ms. Roser is a keen businesswoman who understands the challenges healthcare providers face and delivers extraordinary value to them through her partnership, ability to create meaningful solutions and strong leadership of her team. As evidenced by multiple colleague testimonials, she has made an exceptional impact at Cardinal Health to make it a great place for women to work and grow their careers, and she invests a significant amount of her time in one-on-one coaching.
  • Terry Willey, RN, director of business strategy and planning, Information Services at Emory Healthcare, was nominated in recognition of her excellent competence and service in different areas of healthcare. Ms. Willey was acknowledged for following a professional path of commitment to excellence in healthcare from her role as registered pediatric nurse to becoming the director of Emory Healthcare Information Services. She is considered by her colleagues to be an innovative, patient-care focused, eclectic and wide-perspective administrator who is consciously aware of the impact of any service or action on the whole system. A strong leader, Ms. Willey has the ability to recognize and engage a staff member's assets and talents and mobilize their strengths for the benefit of the entire team.

One of these exceptional professionals will be the second recipient of the HBA Atlanta chapter Woman in Healthcare Leadership award. The announcement of the winner and the celebration of her accomplishments will take place at the Buckhead Club on Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. The ceremony and cocktail party will feature the 2011 Woman in Healthcare Leadership award recipient and influential speaker, Candice Saunders, executive vice president of Wellstar Health System and president of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Event tickets can be purchased online before December 4, or on-site registration will also be available.

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