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February / March 2024

Clinical Center celebrates staff accomplishments

Hundreds of staff honored with CEO Awards

Hospital CEO and award winners
Hospital CEO Dr. James Gilman poses with Pharmacy staff proudly displaying their awards and recognition certificates.

While no one was wearing tuxes and gowns, awards season came to the NIH Clinical Center.

The hospital at the heart of the NIH campus presented CEO awards to 752 staff, recognizing 597 individuals and 66 groups.

"One of the pleasures of serving as the CEO of the world's largest hospital dedicated to research comes every December when we get to publicly recognize the outstanding work performed in the hospital," said Dr. James Gilman, CEO of the NIH Clinical Center, in his remarks.

"Our work ensures we can implement safe, cutting-edge clinical research and achieve the best possible patient outcomes."

Vick O'Neal, a diagnostic radiology supervisor for Diagnostic X-ray, CT Scan and Nuclear Medicine in the Radiology and Imaging Services Department, received an award as a part of the portable radiographic patient ID barcode group.

This year a new category of Super Supervisor was added, with Valeria De Giorgi from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Steven Highfill from the Department of Transfusion Medicine/Center for Cellular Engineering and Elizabeth Rasch from the Rehabilitation Medicine Department all being selected as the inaugural winners.

Staff were honored for achievements such as:

  • being among the first in the United States to implement Individual Donor Assessment to achieve a more inclusive blood donation process.
  • eradicating multidrug resistant bacteria from the enhanced contact isolation environment.
  • extraordinary efforts which helped to create a morale-focused program to promote a sense of wellbeing and sense of belonging among staff.
  • development and implementation of methods to manufacture radiopharmaceuticals used for clinical research with positron emission tomography.
  • recognition of outstanding teaching, mentoring, and leadership skills in the Patient Support Services Department.
  • contributions to the care of Transplant and Cell Therapy (TCT) patients and [serving as] Chair of the TCT Infectious Disease Guidelines Expert Working Group.

Watch the 2023 awards ceremony on videocast at (staff only) or visit the 2023 CEO awards page (staff only).

- Donovan Kuehn

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