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NHA Awards

For more than three decades, the Nebraska Hospital Association has been honored to bestow awards to hundreds of Nebraska health care leaders, employees and trustees that have risen to the top by providing service excellence and dedication to their profession. These award recipients commit themselves to the betterment of their hospitals and health systems, their customers, their co-workers and their communities. This is a great way to let these exceptional people know how much they are appreciated and valued in Nebraska’s health care organizations. 

Excellence in Service award
The Excellence in Service award is the NHA’s highest honor. There are many hospital executives who benefit their communities through their commitment to health care excellence. This award is presented to a hospital/health system administrator or senior executive who has demonstrated outstanding administrative skills, professional performance, health care organization involvement and significant leadership. 

Meritorious Service award
The Meritorious Service award recognizes the long-term contributions of members to the Association and their individual hospitals. This award recognizes longevity and breadth of service of an individual, not only to their facility, but to health care in the state. Nominees must be currently employed by a NHA member hospital or have retired from a NHA member hospital within one calendar year or less. 

Quest for Excellence award
The Quest for Excellence award is given to one Critical Access Hospital and one non-Critical Access Hospital to recognize them for their efforts in improving the quality of care provided at their facilities. Nebraska hospitals are invited to submit applications, which are judged by a panel of health care professionals. Recipients are invited to display their quality initiatives during the NHA Annual Convention. 

Trustee of the Year award
The Trustee of the Year award recognizes outstanding leadership and hospital governance by a trustee. The recipient encourages commitment to excellence in health care and collaborates with community leaders to build support for their hospital. 

How are nominations judged? 
The NHA Committee on Nominations selects recipients based on the award criteria from the nominations submitted. 

Questions regarding the hospital awards, please contact Heather Bullock at (402) 742-8148 or email if you have any questions.



The Caring Kind Award

With its beginning in 1979, the Nebraska Hospital Association has paid tribute to Nebraska’s most caring and dedicated health care employees by presenting them with The Caring Kind award. 

Nebraska Hospital Association member hospitals and health systems from across the state select one recipient from within their respective institutions to be recognized at The Caring Kind Awards Luncheon during the NHA Annual Convention. The recipients of this prestigious award go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate compassion for patients and dedication to service excellence in their job responsibilities.

These honorees are star performers through their sincere kindness to patients and dedicated teamwork, ensuring that care is safe, quality-driven and cost-effective for consumers, as well as for the organizations they represent. 

Hundreds of family, friends and co-workers gather to celebrate those health care employees who exemplify caring, compassion and service excellence at this beloved annual event. 


Past Award Recipients


Excellence in Services Award

2000  Donald Zornes - Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
2001  Sr. Norita Cooney - Alegent Health, Omaha
2002  Brent Peterson - Cherry County Hospital, Valentine
2003  Eldon "Bud" Wall - Memorial Hospital, Aurora
2004  Jerrel Gerdes - Franklin County Memorial Hospital, Franklin
2005  Calvin Hiner, Jr. - Tri-County Hospital, Lexington
2006  Allen Van Driel - Harlan County Health System, Alma
2007  R. Lynn Wilson - BryanLG Health System, Lincoln
2008  Ronald Cork - Avera St. Anthony's Hospital, O'Neill
2009  William Welch - Jefferson Community Health Center,  Fairbury
2010  Ken Foster - BryanLGH Health System, Lincoln
2011  Ronald O. Briggs - St. Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point
2012  Glenn A. Fosdick - The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
2013  Gary Perkins - Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha
2014  Harold L. Krueger, Jr. - Chadron Community Hospital & Health Center, Chadron
2015  Victor N. Lee - Boone County Health Center, Albion
2016  Daniel Griess - Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance
2017  Leslie Marsh - Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington


Trustee of the Year Award

2002   Ken Wortman - Memorial Hospital, Aurora
2003   John C. Klosterman - Butler County Health Care Center, David City
2004   Leonard Torson - Warren Memorial Hospital, Friend
2005   Margaret Brawner - St. Mary’s Hospital, Nebraska City
2006   Galen Hadley - Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney
2007   Robert Berke - Tri-County Hospital, Lexington
            Robert Anderson, M.D. - Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings
2008   Kara Fischer - Valley County Health System, Ord
2009   G. Richard Russell - Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha
2010   Spencer Stevens - Nebraska Methodist Health System, Omaha
           Reuben Schleifer - Thayer County Health Services, Hebron
2011   Dave Pederson - Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte
2012   Collyn Florendo - Crete Area Medical Center, Crete
2013   Margaret Rice - Avera Creighton Hospital, Creighton
2014   Eric Brown - Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington
2015   Joel Jelkin - Fremont Health, Fremont
2016   Kerry Teetor - Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington
2017   Galen Wiser - Providence Medical Center, Wayne


Meritorious Service Award

2008   Calvin Hiner, Jr. - Tri-County Hospital, Lexington
           Catherine Webber - Franklin County Memorial Hospital, Franklin
           W. Michael Kearney - Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings

2009   Craig Ames - BryanLGH Health System, Lincoln
            Joanne Arends - Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff

2011   Robert J. Lanik - Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln
2012   No
award given
2013   Bill Welch - Jefferson Community Health Center, Fairbury
2014   No
award given
2015   Marsha Lommel - Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln
           Marty Fattig - Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn

2016   Dena Klockman - Banner Health/Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala
​​​​​​​2017   Peggy S. Kennedy - Fremont Health, Fremont


Quest for Excellence Award

2004
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: 
Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island
Critical Access Hospital Category: Brown County Hospital, Ainsworth 
Critical Access Hospital Category: Kimball County Hospital, Kimball

2005
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: 
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings
​​​​​​Critical Access Hospital Category: St. Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point

2006
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
Critical Access Hospital Category: Boone County Health Center, Albion

2007
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
Critical Access Hospital Category: St. Mary’s Community Hospital, Nebraska City

2008
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: 
Children’s Hospital, Omaha
Critical Access Hospital Category: Thayer County Health Services, Hebron

2009
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney
Critical Access Hospital Category: Jefferson Community Health Center, Fairbury 

2010
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha
Critical Access Hospital Category: St. Francis Memorial Hospital/Dinklage Medical Clinic, West Point

2011 
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte
Critical Access Hospital Category: Community Hospital, McCook

2012
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Fremont Area Medical Center, Fremont
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte

2013
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: 
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha 
Critical Access Hospital Category: Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, Blair

2014
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Bryan Health, Lincoln 
Critical Access Hospital Category: Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, Blair

2015
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: Great Plains Health, North Platte
​​​​​​Critical Access Hospital Category: Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services, Chadron

2016
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category: 
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha
Critical Access Hospital Category: Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn

2017 
Non-Critical Access Hospital Category:
 Great Plains Health, North Platte
Critical Access Hospital Category: St. Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point