Clinical Center News
Winter 2021

Clinical Center CEO Awards celebrate innovations in 2020

NIH Clinical Center 2020 CEO Awards Crystal Award

A videocast celebration took place Dec. 18 during the fourth annual Clinical Center CEO awards to honor hospital staff and employees from across the NIH Institutes and Centers. More than 900 individuals were given a "virtual high-five" and heart-felt congratulations for their truly important work that has led to improvements in patient care, exceptional customer service, innovative approaches to crisis prevention and other notable achievements.

There were 74 group awards and 31 individual awards. The awards recognized accomplishments in Administration; Customer Service; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Innovation; Making an Impact: COVID-19; Patient Care; Patient Safety; Quality of Worklife/Diversity; Rising Star; Science and Teaching/Mentoring.

In 2020, COVID-19 is on the minds of all, especially those working in and receiving care at the NIH Clinical Center. The following are just a sampling of accomplishments honored in the Making an Impact: COVID-19 category:

  • For orchestrating the refocus of lab operations to rapidly implement COVID-19 research in a safe and efficient manner.
  • For leadership and planning in making COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma available for hospital patients.
  • In recognition of the work to assist the Vaccine Research Center to conduct a first-in-human COVID-19 vaccine trial, in the face of a global pandemic.
  • For pivoting research towards multinational data and developing a CT scan artificial intelligence tool for detection of COVID-19, and differentiation from flu and other pneumonias.
  • In recognition of extraordinary, rapid and sustained efforts to provide SARS-CoV-2 testing to NIH patients and employees by the Department of Laboratory Medicine Team.
  • For outstanding collaboration and teamwork to stand up the Intensive Care Unit / Intermediate care unit to support critically ill COVID-19 patients.

- Molly Freimuth

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