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Vidant Health receives inaugural Innovation in Workforce Award

May 10, 2018 posted by Erica Mizelle

Greenville, N.C. – The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) recently announced Vidant Health as the first-ever recipient of the ACRP Innovation in Workforce Development Award.

“It’s hard for me to find the words to describe exactly what this means to us,” said Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, senior administrator for the Vidant Health Center for Research and Grants. “This recognition demonstrates that Vidant Health is invested in providing high quality research to eastern North Carolina, and it validates that our journey to clinical excellence is on the right path.”

This new award is the first in clinical research to recognize an organization exemplifying the spirit of creativity and innovation through adaptation, improvement, or development of new processes or tools that result in improvement in workforce development quality.

"After making tremendous strides in technology and process innovation, 2018 is poised to be the year industry turns its attention to the workforce," says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. "We are proud to recognize the achievements of all of our finalists."

Finalists presented their workforce development initiatives during the ACRP 2018 annual meeting in National Harbor, Maryland to a panel of expert judges who determined the award recipient.

“The people who depend on us for care deserve the very best in research and innovation. They deserve to have the best clinical trials available to them,” said Henderson. “We are working toward becoming a national model where this work is concerned, and that requires the research to back it up. To be recognized for our efforts is a true honor. To make our great work available to the communities we serve, that’s the greatest reward.”

In addition to Vidant, finalists included the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency and University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Members of the Vidant Health Center for Research and Grants team, pictured left to right: research assistant Lauren Moore, BS; research specialist Hollie Wooten, MAEd; Henderson; research specialist Lisa Artis, PhD, MIS, BSE; and research specialist Kari Beasley, MPH.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

About ACRP

ACRP supports clinical research professionals through membership, training and development, and certification. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with more than 13,000 members who work in clinical research in more than 70 countries. ACRP's vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. ACRP's mission is to promote excellence in clinical research.

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