Network Director's I CARE Awards - VA New England Healthcare System
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VA New England Healthcare System


Network Director's I CARE Awards

VA's Core Values define the basic elements of how we go about our work. They form the underlying principles we use every day in our service to Veterans. The Core Characteristics define "what we stand for" and what we strive to be as an organization.

I CARE - Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence

Core Characteristics: Trustworthy - Accessible - Quality - Innovative - Agile - Integrated

I CARE logoThere are many wonderful examples of employees demonstrating these values in their day to day work. In this spirit the Network Director established the I CARE Awards. Here is a list of this year's recipients.

Submit nomination for Network Director I CARE Award

Nominate an employee or group of employees you feel have gone above or beyond displaying the I CARE Core Values. Be sure to include a brief summary that explains the extraordinary actions your nominee has demonstrated.

2016 Recipients

  • Alexandra Howell, PhD, White River Junction VAMC
  • Facility Management Service, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
  • Veteran Justice Outreach, Manchester VAMC
  • Workforce Development Committee, VA Boston HCS
  • Neurology Service, VA Connecticut HCS
  • Employee Association Group, Manchester VAMC
  • Hemodialysis Unit, Providence VAMC
  • Sharon Levenson, RN, and Guy Gardner, White River Junction VAMC
  • VISN 1/VA Boston Healthcare System Laundry Service
  • Radiology Engaged Work Team, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Veterans Choice Program, White River Junction VAMC
  • Bangor Mental Health Service, VA Maine HCS
  • New Patient Orientation Video Team, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
  • Volunteer Facility Ambassadors, Manchester VA Medical Center
  • Nutrition and Food Service, VA Maine Healthcare System
  • Women’s Comprehensive Care Center, White River Junction VAMC
  • VISN 1 Hepatitis-C Team
  • Xenex Robot Infection Prevention Team, VA Boston HCS
  • VISN 1 Finance and Logistics Staff, and the Network Contracting Office
  • VA Police Officers David Salthouse and Frank Podpolucha, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Increased Access to Audiology, VA Central Western Massachusetts

2015 Recipients

  • Patient Services and Mental Health, Providence VAMC
  • Primary Care and Pain Team, Bedford VAMC
  • Volunteer Transportation Network Team, VA Central Western Massachusetts
  • Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Team, VA Maine HCS
  • Choice Program Support Office, Manchester VA Medical Center
  • Newington Ambulatory Care Center, VA Connecticut HCS
  • Hyannis CBOC Team, Providence VAMC
  • Non VA Care Coordination, VA Connecticut HCS
  • Inventory Management, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Mental Health & Chaplain Services, VA Maine HCS
  • Unique Patient-Centered Care, Manchester VAMC
  • Northampton Primary Care Clinics PACT B, VA Central Western Massachusetts
  • Comprehensive Cancer Care Center Team, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Mary Ann Daidone, RN, Surgical Schedule Coordinator, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Veteran Business Owners Initiative
  • Shelley Blake, Credentialing Office, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Katherine F. (Kay) Arnold, Bedford VAMC Volunteer
  • Janice Valley, Quality Management Program Analyst, VISN 1
  • Providence VAMC Nursing Staff, Providence VAMC
  • VISN 1 IntegratedEthics Advisory Subcommittee, VISN 1
  • 4L Acute Mental Health Unit Nursing Staff, VA Central Western Massachusetts
  • Shannan Brown, Veteran Peer Support Specialist, Manchester VAMC

2014 Recipients

  • Kathleen Dunn, LICWS, Palliative Care Coordinator, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Pharmacy Dispensing Engaged Work Team, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
  • Daniel White, VA Connecticut HCS Housekeeper and OIF/OEF veteran
  • Dr. Stewart Evans, VISN 1 Chief Informatics Officer
  • VA Maine Women’s Clinic Design Team
  • David James RN, BSN, CHPN, Bedford VAMC (posthumously nominated and awarded)
  • Newington Transportation and Travel Staff, VA Connecticut HCS
  • TeleHealth/TeleRehabilitation Team, White River Junction VAMC
  • Lanier Summerall, MD, White River Junction VAMC
  • Calais CBOC Coverage Nursing Team, VA Maine Healthcare System
  • Oncology Staff, Manchester VAMC
  • VISN 1 Primary Care staff
  • Environmental Management Section staff,VA Maine HCS
  • SCALE (Study of the Communication of Adverse Large-Scale Events) Team, Bedford VAMC
  • Community Living Center Team, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
  • Committee Members for the Wall of Valor, Manchester VAMC
  • Dr. Amy Schwartz, VA Connecticut HCS
  • Non-VA Medical Care Office, VA Boston HCS
  • Systems Redesign Teams, VISN-wide
  • Baldrige Assessment Team, VISN 1
  • Lynn Delgado, Providence VAMC
  • Acting Medical Center Leadership, Bedford VAMC
  • Sheila Peters, Manchester VAMC, and Joe Byron, founder of Honor Flight New England

2013 Recipients

  • Bill Mark, Bedford VA Medical Center
  • Paul Corbett, VISN 1
  • VISN Compensation and Pension Program
  • VA Maine HCS Nurse Managers and Patient Care Coordinators
  • Sensory and Physical Rehabilitation Service Line, VA Central Western Massachusetts 
  • Cindy Lavalliere, Manchester VAMC
  • John Richardson, White River Junction VAMC
  • Dr. Lori Lerner, VA Boston HCS
  • Case Management Program team, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Mental Health Service Line Team, VISN 1
  • Center of Excellence for Primary Care Education, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Ruth Wheeler, VA Central Western Massachusetts
  • Laurel Holland, LICSW
  • Patricia Crimmin-Greenan of White River Junction VAMC
  • Maine residents George Gunning, Donna Gunning and Burt Truman
  • VA Boston HCS Community Outreach Emergency Response Team
  • VISN 1 My HealtheVet Team
  • John Klemenz of VA Connecticut HCS
  • Wendy Decoff, Cheryl Stancil and Nancy Colburn of White River Junction VAMC
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Sharon Bouchard, RN, and Jeanne Cuskey, RNP, of VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS