New Hanover Regional Medical Center is filled with heroes, doing their best for our patients and families every day. This past weekend, several of our heroes received special recognition for their work during the Greater Wilmington Business Journal 2017 Health Care Heroes event.
NHRMC award winners included:
Olivia Herndon, director of mental health and the co-director of continuing education at the South East Area Health Education Center-NHRMC, was the winner in the community achievement category. She was honored for her work in reaching out to the community to make a difference.
Kevin Briggs, administrative director of pathology and laboratory services, won the health care professional category. Briggs oversaw the standardization of the system’s primary testing centers, and he supported the implementation of a fully automated microbiology system, improving efficiency.
Aaron Kasulis, EMS manager/battalion chief of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, won the first responder category. His accomplishments include working closely with community partners to provide medical coverage and safety response plans for large events, including the N.C. Azalea Festival and the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament in May.
Patrick Lockamy, physical therapy assistant at NHRMC Rehabilitation Hospital, received the honor in the community outreach category. Patrick is a mentor and active advocate for reducing barriers and improving life for those with disabilities.
Kevin McNabb, NHRMC's director of microbiology, immunology and molecular testing, was the winner in the innovation category. McNabb helped make NHRMC’s Microbiology Laboratory the second fully automated microbiology lab in the country and the first in North Carolina. This helps reduce the time of testing, allowing patients to be diagnosed and treated more quickly.
Lowell Higgins Jr., NHRMC pediatric infusion coordinator, was honored in the nurse category. Lowell initiated and helped implement the NHRMC Pediatric Infusion Program, giving local children easier access to ongoing treatment.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who serve our community's health and wellness needs.