Annual Awards

AHEC West 2016 Award Winners

 

Pictured with Executive Director Susan Stewart, far left, at the annual AHEC West Awards Dinner held June 21 at Rock Gap Casino & Resort were, left to right: Kathy Condor, Cynthia Shriver, Michael Motter, Reba Cornman, Richard Clevenger, Margaret Kaiser, Jack Zealand, and Jeanne Mykut. Pictured with Executive Director Susan Stewart and Program Coordinator Melissa Clark, Chris Whiteman who was unable to attend the Annual Awards Dinner.

Those honored at the 2016 awards dinner were:
Michael Motter, PsyD, who received the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to the AHEC West Mission through longstanding engagement in the Psychology and Professional Counseling Caucus, as well as his service as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHEC West.
Margaret Kaiser, MD, who earned the Jane A. Fiscus, MD, Community Health Leadership Award named for the longtime Allegany County Health Officer in recognition of her extraordinary principles of leadership, coordination of services, interdisciplinary training, foresight, courage and creativity. Dr. Kaiser was honored for her many years of dedication to the practice of high-quality inter-professional medicine in the Garrett County region, as well as her commitment to mentoring and training medical students placed in her practice through AHEC West.
John G. “Jack” Zealand, PhD, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the AHEC West Psychology and Professional Counseling Caucus, for outstanding and selfless service to clients, families and students in Allegany and Garrett counties.
Kathy Condor, BA, who received the John M. Dennis Award for promoting quality continuing education through collaboration, as well as her support for the AHEC West Caucuses.
Christopher T. Whiteman, MPT, Progressive Physical Therapy, who received the Mentor of the Year Award for helping to promote AHEC West’s ECHO program for high school students – Exploring Careers in Health Occupations.
Reba Cornman, MSW, who received the AHEC West Award for Excellence in Geriatrics and Gerontology, in honor of 25 years of service to enhance the quality of life and health of older adults in the region.
Cynthia Shriver, CRNP, honored by the Nurse Practitioner Caucus as 2016 Nurse Practitioner of the Year in recognition of her outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence.
Richard Clevenger, LCSW-C, honored by the Allegany/Garrett Social Work Caucus as the 2016 Allegany and Garrett Social Worker of the Year, for outstanding service and commitment to clients, the community and the profession.
Jeanne Mykut, LGSW, honored by the Washington County Social Work Caucus as the AHEC West Fred Hirsch Social Worker of the Year, in appreciation of faithful and dedicated service to the people of Washington County.
 


AHEC West Awards Criteria


John M. Dennis Award

This award is presented in honor of John M. Dennis, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health and Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland at Baltimore from 1977 until 1988 whose visionary and dedicated support made possible the development of the AHEC West program and this Center.
 
Recipients of this award are usually university representatives who have made noteworthy contributions to off-campus health professional education in Western Maryland through outstanding leadership, ingenuity and advocacy, and dedication.
 
Initiated in 1988, the Dennis Award replaced a previous award honoring outstanding UMB off-campus leadership.

Award for Distinguished Service

An award presented to individuals who have contributed outstanding, dedicated service to the organization and to interdisciplinary education for health professionals in Western Maryland.

Fiscus Award

This award recognizes the significant contributions to community health care made by health care providers and/or citizens in Western Maryland who exemplify the principles of leadership, coordination of services, interdisciplinary training, foresight, courage, and creativity championed and demonstrated by Jane A. Fiscus, M.D.

Donald L. Spencer Award

The Donald L. Spencer Award is given periodically to exceptional individuals who embody a rare degree of organizational dedication and commitment to the values and ideals that Don Spencer represented.

Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award

Nominees must be licensed as a nurse practitioner, have made specific outstanding contributions to the profession, display leadership in the profession, earn the respect of fellow nurse practitioners and co-workers, represent the professional ethics of our work, and practice in Allegany, Garrett, or Washington County.

Nurse of the Year Award
Nominees must be licensed as a nurse, have made specific outstanding contributions to the profession, displayed leadership, earned the respect of fellow nurses and co-workers, and represented the professional ethics of our work. The nominee must be a member of the AHEC West Nursing Caucus or Maryland Nurses Association, and practice in Allegany or Garrett County.

Dietitian of the Year Award
Nominees must be registered and/or licensed dietitians, have made specific outstanding contributions to the profession, display leadership in the profession, earn the respect of fellow dietitians and nutritionists, represent professional ethics, and preferably is a current caucus member.

Social Worker of the Year Award
Nominees must be licensed social workers in the state of Maryland, have made specific outstanding contributions to the profession, display leadership in the profession, earn the respect of fellow social workers, and represent the professional ethics of social work practice.  Nominees should be an active member of an AHEC West Social Work Caucus.