RUSH Celebrates Its People and History

Annual Founders Day celebration showcases the outstanding staff contributions
Founders Day

RUSH University Medical Center recently celebrated our annual Founders Day — a time to recognize the outstanding contributions of the medical center community and its history.  
From helping create a healing garden to mentoring staff to positions of leadership, RUSH recognized dozens of employees this Founders Day for going above and beyond.   

Here are this year’s winners:  

Clinical Employee of the Year: 

  • Christine Spaletto, senior art therapist, Department of RUSH Day Hospital/Psychiatry 
  • Alison Haus, LCSW, care manager, Department of Ambulatory Care Management 

Non-Clinical Employee of the Year: 

  • Thomas Molina, manager, Financial Operations, Department of Community Health Equity and Engagement 
  • Mallory Elias, support tech, Department of Surgery 

Manager of the Year: 

  • Kristin Boyce, RN, research manager, Department of Neurological Sciences 
  • Melissa Browning, director, Professional Nursing Practice & Magnet Program, Department of Professional Nursing Practice 

Team of the Year: 

  • CSO COVID-19 Team: Keturah Burrell, Maria Parra, Angelica Solorzano-Garcia, Kayla Pryor, Joel Munoz, Flor Acevedo, Lorena Elano, Emma Lazar, Rashiek Bland and Anarose Whigan 
  • Substance Use Intervention Team (SUIT): Jenna Nikolaides, Nicholas Chien, Elisabeth Ramsey, Emily McKernan, Amy Campbell, Rigo Martinez, Sophia Salib and Emily Casselbury 

John Sachs Family Award: 

  • Eunice Reed, patient experience specialist, RUSH University Cancer Center 

Hats Adams Award: 

  • Kateri Evans, RN, program coordinator, Community Based Practices 

James Campbell Award: 

  • Jeremy Strong, vice president, Supply Chain 

Larry Goodman Award: 

  • Thomas Webb, associate vice president, Quality Analytics 

Patient Experience Award: 

  • 7S Rehab 
  • Neurosciences Service Line 

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