Congratulations to Dawn Tuers Winner of the Hal Dolenga Award!

13 Jan 2012 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

Article written by Kimberly Karpinski, DeSales MBA program

Every year the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recognizes an MBA student in the Healthcare Systems Management concentration by awarding the EPAHEN – Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the award is Ms. Dawn Tuers.

A leader in her field, Ms. Tuers believes that “nursing is a lifestyle, not a profession.“ Her desire to achieve her goal of becoming a CEO is a result of her passion and enthusiasm for providing quality care, combined with a belief that motivation and teamwork are an unstoppable combination. She is currently employed in Easton Hospital’s Quality Department as the Coordinator of Pay for Performance “Quality Blue” initiative with Highmark and, as such, chairs several key committees. Karen Vadyak, ACEO & Chief Nursing Officer, remarked, “I, along with Easton’s senior leadership team, have been impressed with the energy and passion Dawn has demonstrated in her new role… she exemplifies leadership commitment to the improvement of patient care at our facility on a daily basis. She is passionate with regard to the work she performs and demonstrates visionary leadership and a dedication to the hospital’s mission.” Dawn’s colleague, Sharon Volkert, agrees, “…she puts the patient first, has excellent organizational skills, works as a team and sees problems that arise as challenges to improve patient care and nursing practices.”

Not only is she a model employee, Dawn has also distinguished herself among her classmates and instructors by bringing a fresh perspective to classroom discussion. Dr. Carol Mest, adjunct faculty for the MBA program, recently had Dawn as a student. Speaking of Dawn, she remarked, “…she displays enthusiasm and creativity in both her written work and her oral classroom participation.”

Congratulations to Ms. Dawn Tuers for this well-earned achievement! We wish her the best of success for the future.

This year’s award was presented by Ms. Theresa Koller, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE – President of EPAHEN, and Dr. David M. Gilfoil, director of DeSales University’s MBA program. The EPAHEN – Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award is presented to a current MBA student concentrating in healthcare who has completed at least half of the program and demonstrates evidence of current/ potential leadership success and is a member of good standing in the community.

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