Congrats to our Winter 2015 Plus People

Congratulations to our Winter 2015 Plus People. These 16 employees were recognized for being among the very best at UNC Medical Center this Winter.

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Paul Daniel

Paul Daniel
Senior Marketing Manager
Paul has become the “go-to” resource for a range of marketing support needs for both external and internal customers at UNC Health Care. He is responsible for strategic marketing efforts such as managing the Hillsborough Medical Campus opening campaign and serves as an integral resource for system branding. Paul always approaches his work with a smile and uses his skills, experience and professionalism to get the job done in a timely and effective manner. Paul is committed to providing the highest quality to all his initiatives. 

 

Greg Freeman

Greg Freeman
Behavioral Health Technician 
Greg goes above and beyond for both our child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry units. He runs wonderful therapeutic groups including a movie group that teenagers enjoy and that teaches them important and positive themes. He gives many of our minor patients the one-on-one time they need. His flexibility allows him to provide not only excellent service to our patients, but also to all staff he works with, and he moves seamlessly between units when necessary and is always willing to change his assignment. 

 

Bari Galatioto

Bari Galatioto
CT Technician
When it comes to providing quality health care, Bari is a role model. She enjoys her job, is dedicated to developing others within her department, and works well with physicians during medical procedures to ensure exceptional patient care. Bari has excelled as a leader and is currently serving as the CT interim supervisor for the second time, where she is responsible for daily administrative tasks, attending leadership meetings, focusing on quality control, and enforcing hospital policies and procedures.

Tina Hall 

Tina Hall
Health Information Management Assistant
Tina has been in her department for 28 years. Her historical knowledge has been a true asset. Tina is known by her colleagues as a “mentor and teacher” to all.  Her upbeat demeanor creates a positive work environment. She has received “Best of the Best” recognition in the Department and the HIM Employee Recognition Committee selected her to be the 2014 HIM Employee of the Year for her strong work ethic, positive attitude, and excellent teamwork. 

 

Mikey Jernigan

Mikey Jernigan
RN, MICU
Mikey is the MICU’s Staff Nurse Leader for a multicenter national quality advancement initiative that will improve outcomes for critically ill patients and their families. Mikey has instinctive awareness of the entire MICU’s needs, and he provides support to everyone on his unit and contributes a consistently positive attitude. In addition to providing just-in-time preventative support for patients that are getting sick very quickly, Mikey is also a Super User for the new continuous renal replacement therapy machine, which he helps his coworkers learn to use. .

Benny Joyner

Benny Joyner
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology 
Dr. Joyner Benny is an extraordinary teacher who goes out of his way to make sure that all members of the team feel accounted for. Not only does he lead interdisciplinary rounds, but he gives each team member (nurses, subspecialists, residents, pharmacists, and so on) a chance to chime in, so that all ideas are fielded to give the patient the best possible care. He circles back after rounds to visit with all the families and make sure that all of their questions have been answered and that they are comfortable with the care being provided to their child.  He teaches medical students and residents the essentials of pediatric critical care. He also works for the hospital wide ethics committee to help serve patients with less common religious and cultural beliefs. 

Bernie Leonardo

Bernie Leonardo
Anesthesiology Technician, Hillsborough Hospital
 
Bernie is kind, polite, and always has a smile on his face. He’s willing to come into work early or stay late, and he consistently puts department needs ahead of his own. Once his work is complete he always looks for a colleague that may need help or for a manager to find out what else needs to be done. He serves as his unit leaders’ go-to person for special projects, and he frequently jumps in to assemble equipment, organize inventory, or clean and stock the department. 

Daniel Licatese

Daniel Licatese
Application Analyst Programmer, ISD 
Over the past year, Daniel has successfully worked with the Code Sepsis team to implement a BPA for nursing and providers that helps with early identification of potential septic patients. He worked with operational leadership to identify requirements and with the Epic@UNC IT team to coordinate efforts among various team members to build and test the system. He presented at the North Carolina Hospital Association meeting covering the strategies and lessons learned from our implementation. 

Christy McKinney

Christy McKinney 
RN, Labor & Delivery
Christy has improved the training of new nurses on her unit and fostered a positive learning environment. She has dedicated time to update and improve the unit’s orientation binder to serve as a learning tool and resource for new employees.   Additionally, she is one of three nurses who collaborated in developing a new nurse orientation class to provide a hands-on learning environment. Christy’s research has led to improvements in patient scheduling, patient care, and patient satisfaction.

 

Emile Olsen

Emile Olsen
Physical Therapist
Emile is a true team player. She pitches in to see patients when a colleague is suddenly out sick, is always able to talk through difficult patient cases, and goes out of her way to provide an exceptional patient experience. She even routinely squeezes patient visits into her lunch breaks or before the start of her day. 

Sarah Peters

Sarah Peters
RN, SICU
Sara helps the entire staff maintain focus. With the help of her calm demeanor and friendly smile, she creates a positive environment for her team. Sara prioritizes and provides exceptional care. She is a clinical expert, capable of assisting interprofessional team members with any aspect of patient care. She can often be seen mentoring others in the art of cooperation, and she consistently goes above and beyond to provide genuine caring and empathy for her patients and their families. Recently, she organized a birthday celebration for one of our young patients. The patient’s family was so thrilled with their care that they brought in cupcakes for the team. 

Wanlapa Pongsitiphon

Wanlapa Pongsitiphon
Cook, Nutrition & Food Services
Wanlapa understands the benefit of providing exemplary service to her customers and coworkers. She always comes into the kitchen with a smile and positive attitude, eager to help, whether asked to or volunteering her own services. Her dedication to her duties is apparent in her willingness to take on additional tasks and in her unfailing dependability. Whatever the task may be, Wanlapa always puts forth her very best effort. 

Gladys Ray

Gladys Ray
Business Analyst, General Accounting
Gladys is a highly professional individual, very much service oriented and a valued team player.  She routinely steps up to challenges presented to her with competency and a positive attitude.  Gladys is an employee who does not limit her work to her job description.  When she sees an issue, she initiates action to find a solution, if appropriate, or brings it to her manager to ensure there is agreement on the next steps to be taken.  

Louis Sullivan III

Louis Sullivan III
Administrative Specialist, Liver Pre-Transplant
Transplant patients often have challenging financial situations. On several occasions, Louis has worked collaboratively with others and been instrumental in helping patients lower premiums or connect with fundraising resources that have given patients opportunities for transplant. Most recently, he organized a fundraising workshop with one of our social workers, Shanta Johnson. The goal of the fundraising workshop was to connect our transplant patients and their families with fundraising resources so they are prepared financially for transplant.

Ramesh Vummalaneni

Ramesh Vummalaneni
OR Attendant, Perioperative Services
Ramesh notices everything that goes on in the Children’s PACU. He hears the needs of patients, nurses, doctors, and families, and before his supervisors can ask him for assistance, he has already begun the process of helping them. When children arrive in the Children’s PACU, sometimes frightened, Ramesh comforts them and their family. He has a warm, gentle and caring manner, and patients respond to him.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young
Cardiology Technician, EKG Lab 
Jonathan consistently demonstrates superb customer service and empathy for our patients, works with staff from other units to solve problems, and takes the initiative to investigate and resolve issues. Because of his amicable personality, he is able to spread ideas to his peers and obtain consent for change. For example, he created a standard for placing an EKG order that will be used in units throughout the hospital.