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Vidant Health announces Board Quality Leadership Award winners

June 27, 2019 posted by Brian Wudkwych

Greenville, N.C. – The Vidant Health Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2019 Board Quality Leadership Award.

The winning teams represent excellence across the system and serve as models for exceptional care and experiences for every patient served. The board selected one winner from each of the following groups: Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Community Hospitals and the ambulatory setting.

“We are proud to honor the outstanding teams that personify our focus of improving the care our patients receive,” said Bryant Kittrell, chairman, Vidant Health Board of Directors. “Our communities deserve high-quality care close to home and these teams help make that possible.”

The winning teams include:

  1. Vidant Medical Center – Children’s Services. The “Sea of Safety” team was recognized for its work to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions. Team: Dr. John Kohler, pediatric physician; Elaine Henry, quality nurse specialist – Women’s and Children’s; Dr. Kim Crickmore-Osborne, vice president – Women’s and Children’s; Brian Floyd, president
  2. Vidant Community Hospitals – Vidant Chowan Hospital. The “Striking Out and Surviving Sepsis” team worked diligently to improve the overall sepsis care of patients. Team: Gretchen Smith, quality nurse specialist; Heather Williams, clinical nurse specialist; Benita Webb, nurse manager – medical surgical; Beverly Venters, quality director; Kaili Nixon, ED nurse manager; Joseph Tripp, ED medical director; Brian Harvill, president
  3.  Ambulatory Services – Vidant Family Medicine-Greenville. The “Blood Pressure in Control” team made great strides in recognizing and managing patients who suffer from hypertension. Team: Melissa Boyce, practice manager; Shelton Nelson, physician administrator – Vidant Medical Group; Dr. Dan Drake, president – Vidant Medical Group & Ambulatory Services

“It is always a joy to see our teams honored by the board,” said Joan D. Wynn, PhD, chief quality officer for Vidant Health. “Quality care is at the heart of Vidant’s mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

Winners were honored at the May Vidant Health Board meeting with a plaque, board resolution and a scholarship to attend a national educational conference.  


Media contact: Brian Wudkwych, 252-214-0782 or


About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that annually serves a region of more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 14,000 team members, nine hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 100 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’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

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