Spirit Awards Presented to Oklahoma Hospital Employees

Forty-three hospital team members statewide received an Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) Spirit of Passion and Dedication Award during the 2018 OHA Annual Convention, Dec. 6. The 43 front-line, behind-the-scenes and administrative employees received the award because they are committed to the true mission and purpose of their hospital, provide compassionate care, and often go above and beyond with strong dedication and passion.

Award recipients were chosen by their hospitals for exemplifying the Spirit of Passion and Dedication because they: have a passion for helping others; are unwavering in their dedication and resolve to provide excellent service; go the extra mile to provide compassionate care to patients; remain steadfast in their efforts, even when faced with unexpected or unsettling challenges; or exhibit consistent dedication to the true mission of the organization.


“We are pleased to honor these special hospital employees who have dedicated time, talent or expertise to improve their organizations and their communities,” said Patti Davis, president, Oklahoma Hospital Association. “These are the type of team members who continue to provide the very best care even when faced with adversity.”

Leah Newton, RN


Jeni Copeland, RN

Award winners are:

AllianceHealth Durant, Sally Crites, CRT, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services

AllianceHealth Madill, Chelsey Roberts, PT, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy

AllianceHealth Ponca City, Jessi Cavanaugh, RN, House Supervisor, Nursing Administration

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur, Terra Sanford, RN, Clinical Informatics RN

Blackwell Regional Hospital, Kassa Botts, RN, Outpatient Coordinator, Nursing

Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton, Dee Smith, Customer Service Manager

Creek Nation Community Hospital, Okemah, Darla Cheatwood, RN, Director of Case Management

Duncan Regional Hospital, Jeni Copeland, RN, Charge Nurse, Acute Care

Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha, Mike Peek, RN, Emergency Department RN/House Supervisor

Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, Renee Russell, Manager of Risk Management, Quality, Safety and


Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa, Jonathan Jerzyk, Certified Technical Assistant

INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon, Jill Hughes, MS, RNC-OB, Administrative Director,

Women’s Center and Bennett Fertility Institute

INTEGRIS Deaconess, Oklahoma City, Kelli Peters, RN, Emergency Department Supervisor/Safety


INTEGRIS Grove Hospital, Logan Thronebury, RN, BSN, Clinical Consultant/Quality Assurance

INTEGRIS Health Edmond, Larry Coleman, MRI Tech

INTEGRIS Miami Hospital, Crystal Wynn, BSN, RN, Quality & Accreditation

INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Emily Coppock, RN, BSN, Director of

Quality & Special Projects

Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, Aubrey Cramer, PharmD, Pharmacist

Jane Phillips Nowata Health Center, Michelle Seger, RN, Registered Nurse

Jefferson County Hospital, Waurika, Leah Newton, RN, Staff RN

Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, Donna Plewes, RN, BS, MBA, CPHRM, Director of

Quality and Special Projects

Lawton Indian Hospital, James Foster, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist      

McAlester Regional Health Center, Robert Savely, PharmD, BCPS, Staff Pharmacist

McBride Orthopedic Hospital, Oklahoma City, Jeremy Podany, RN, BSN, Director, Acute Care

Mercy Hospital Ada, Deborah Forster, RHIA, Director of Health Information and Behavioral Health

Mercy Hospital Ardmore, Heather Chatham, Director of Imaging Services

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Terri-Anne Bone, RN, MBA-HC, CPHQ, Chief Quality Officer,

Mercy-West Community

Mercy Hospital Tishomingo, Bobby Priddy, BSN, RN, BSRC, RRT, Registered Nurse, Emergency


Norman Regional Health System, Juliet Wallace, PharmD, Pharmacy Clinical Specialist

Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah, Cori Beights, Director of Clinic Operations

Okeene Municipal Hospital, Jana Johannesmeyer, RN, Medical Surgery Nurse, ER Nurse

OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Kayla Garver, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

OU Medical Center Edmond, Stephanie Hopkins, RN, Emergency Room RN

Perry Memorial Hospital, Chrystal Pace, RN, Registered Nurse

Purcell Municipal Hospital, Cinda Keller, Precertification Specialist

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital-Oklahoma City, Shawn Morrison, Director, Oncology Clinic

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital-Shawnee, Melissa Pack, Case Management Assistant

St. John Owasso, Kathy Bryson, RN, BSN, CHPN, Regional House Supervisor, Nursing


St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid, Weslie White, RN­­, Director of Oncology Services, Cancer


Stillwater Medical Center, Brandi Bishop, RN,       Lead RN Health Coach, Population Health

The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Melissa Rice, BSN, RN, RN

Supervisor, Pediatric Surgery

Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital, Tracy Whittington, Patient Access Representative

Wagoner Community Hospital, Beverly Scroggins, Administrative Assistant to CEO/Central



 The Oklahoma Hospital Association is the voice of hospitals in Oklahoma. Established in 1919, the OHA represents more than 130 hospitals and health systems across the state. OHA’s primary objective is to promote the health and welfare of all Oklahomans by leading and assisting its member organizations in providing high quality, safe and valued health care services to their communities.



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