Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Caregivers Honored

Friday, May 24th, 2019

2019 Clinical Excellence Award Recipients (L-R) Seated: CCIRH Caregivers Evelyn Kho, Vasthie DesSources, Sheila Kramer, Maryellen Harmon, Lea Ann Brown; Standing: CCIR Foundation President Liz Bruner, CCIRH President Dr. Greg Rosencrance, CCIRH Caregivers Irene Strever, Ron Buchanon, Indre Kirla, Nancy Burdette, Rose D’Ambrosio, CCIRH Chief Nursing Officer Linda Walton and CCIR Foundation Board Chair Tony Woodruff

Thursday, May 23, 2019, VERO BEACH: Ten caregivers at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital were recognized by their peers at the annual Clinical Excellence Award ceremony, held at the hospital on May 9. The honorees include nine individuals who directly care for patients and one support associate nominated and selected by their colleagues. Established in 1999 by Joseph Laraja and endowed with a gift to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Foundation from The Laraja Foundation, Inc., the awards recognize professional commitment, teamwork, expertise and positive communication skills.

“Though created some 20 years ago, Mr. Laraja’s concept for the Clinical Excellence Awards aligns perfectly with Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to ‘patients first’ care today and every day,” stated Greg Rosencrance, MD, FACP, President, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

“The Foundation is proud to continue the Laraja legacy, recognizing the efforts of our caregivers with both financial and commemorative awards,” noted Tony Woodruff, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation.

Joining Dr. Rosencrance and Mr. Woodruff to congratulate the winners were Senior Vice President/ Chief Nursing Officer Linda Walton and Foundation President Liz Bruner. A standing-room-only crowd of fellow caregivers and honorees’ family members celebrated the 2019 award recipients: Lea Ann Brown, Nursing Assistant 5 South; Ron Buchanon, RN Oncology Infusion; Nancy Burdette, RN CVICU/SICU; Rose D’Ambrosio, RN Women’s Health Care; Vasthie DesSources, RN 4 South; Maryellen Harmon, Respiratory Therapy; Evelyn Kho, RN Interim Cardiac Care; Indre Kirla, Front Office Coordinator Cardiovascular Surgical Services; Sheila Kramer, RN Emergency Department; and Irene Strever, RN Clinical Data Abstractor and Stroke Program Coordinator.

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About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
Founded by Garnett Radin, R.N., in 1932, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is a 332-bed, not for profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. The Welsh Heart Center, Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and Scully Endoscopy Center offer full-service programs and a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, stroke services, robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community. The hospital features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County.