Vituity

A Culture of Recognition

Vituity’s culture is rooted in the noble cause of delivering quality patient care and extends into an appreciation of the individuals and clinical teams who do this work every day. This comes to life at our annual Spring Symposium and Partnership Meeting—two events where we gather as an organization to learn, share best practices, and celebrate one another. The following awards are granted each year to highly deserving recipients who embody the Vituity purpose of transforming healthcare to improve lives.

Culture of Caring Award

Vituity’s Culture of Caring Award recognizes clinicians who go above and beyond to care for patients and their families with dignity, compassion, and respect. Award recipients have a reputation for working collaboratively as part of a team to deliver the highest quality care while keeping patients at the forefront of everything they do.

Culture of Caring Award

Tim McNaughton, MD

Redlands Community Hospital

Tim McNaughton, MD, was recognized for going beyond the call of duty to care for his patients, in one instance personally repairing a plastic walking brace for a disabled teenage patient—freeing her from a wheelchair—and restoring her mobility.

Tolya Thompson, PA-C

Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Tolya Thompson, PA-C, was recognized for her compassionate patient care, as well as her creative drive to fundraise and to ease post-discharge instructions for patients.

Farashin Silevany, DO

Sparrow Hospital

Farashin Silevany, DO, was recognized for her local and international relief efforts, such as setting up a medical mission in her native Iraq to care for Kurdish refugees and caring for underserved and uninsured patients in her local community.

Past Recipients

  • 2020—Vituity New York City COVID-19 Relief Team
  • 2019—Omar Guzman, MD—Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • 2019—Eileen Morely, MD—Rideout Memorial Hospital

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Distinguished Service Award

Vituity’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals whose contributions promote the success of the Partnership by championing change and organizational initiatives or individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities by building teams and strong relationships with local leadership.

Distinguished Service Award

Behfar Dianati, MD

OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center

Behfar Dianati, MD, was recognized for his innovation in hospital telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling a start-up mindset for his clinical team to remotely care for critically ill patients.

Christine Paley, CFNP

Adventist Health Selma

Christine Paley, CFNP, was recognized for her invaluable qualities as an educator and mentor to her peers and for bringing a problem-solving skill set to advise emergency medicine physician leadership on personnel challenges.

Peter Allen

Innovation Program Manager—Vituity

Peter Allen was recognized for his selfless dedication to Vituity clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading a practice management team that procured sorely needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for physicians and advanced providers.

Edward Cho, DO

Emanuel Medical Center

Edward Cho, DO, was recognized for his rapid turnaround of a Vituity practice as a new Partner and emergency medicine medical director by collaborating with local leaders to transform site finances, recruiting, and culture.

Past Recipients

  • 2019—Swati Mehta, MD—San Joaquin General Hospital
  • 2019—Lori Winston, MD—Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • 2019—Brad Cox, PA-C—Mercy San Juan Medical Center
  • 2018—Dan Culhane, MD, VP of Operations—Vituity
  • 2018—Nicki Braxley, MD—Mercy San Juan Medical Center
  • 2018—Scott Zeller, MD, VP of Operations for Acute Psychiatric Services—Vituity
  • 2018—Ashley Yount, PA-C—Regional Medical Center of San Jose

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Practice of the Year Award

Vituity’s Practice of the Year Award recognizes a practice that excels at operational performance while building a team-oriented culture that is empowered to prioritize patient and client satisfaction.

Practice of the Year Award

AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital

The Vituity emergency medicine clinicians and employees at AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital were recognized for their strategic partnerships with hospital administration as well as providing leadership and innovation to ensure hospital-wide quality.

Past Recipients

  • 2018—Riverside University Health System Medical Center

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Distinguished Practice Award

Vituity’s Distinguished Practice Award recognizes local teams that have made substantial improvements to patient care with an emphasis on service excellence.

Distinguished Practice Award

Woodland Memorial
Hospital

The Vituity psychiatric team at Woodland Memorial Hospital was recognized for their innovations and championing of behavioral health by developing better relationships with community partners and improving patient care in this critical area.

Adventist Health
Feather River Hospital

The emergency and hospital medicine Vituity team at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital was recognized for their sacrifice and dedication to community during the tragically destructive Northern California Camp Fire in 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018—Saint Alphonsus Eagle Health Plaza
  • 2018—Saint Alphonsus Nampa Medical Center
  • 2018—Saint Alphonsus Neighborhood Hospital South Nampa
  • 2018—Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
  • 2018—Saint Joseph Heritage Healthcare
  • 2018—Sequoia Hospital
  • 2018—Feather River Hospital

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Excellence in Leadership Award

Vituity’s Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership and devoted service to the Partnership in their day-to-day practice. This award emphasizes contributions that impact and strengthen local practices.

Excellence in Leadership Award

Kona Seng, DO

Kaweah Delta Health Care District

Kona Seng, DO, was recognized for his leadership to turn around a struggling emergency department and demonstrate our Partnership’s reputation as a solutions provider for client CEOs. Dr. Seng leads by example with a humble and direct style and easy demeanor that makes colleagues and patients feel included.

Humayun Tufail, MD

Mercy Medical Center Redding

Humayun Tufail, MD, was recognized for his leadership on transformational innovation projects to build care and bundled payment programs. Dr. Tufail also helped to lead evacuation of his colleagues and patients during the Northern California Camp Fire in 2018.

Brian Wagner, MD

Mercy General Hospital

Brian Wagner, MD, was recognized for his servant leadership in managing his anesthesiology group’s transition to Vituity and for spearheading hospital quality programs.

Kevin Wakeman, MD

Advocate Sherman Outpatient Center—Algonquin

Kevin Wakeman, MD, was recognized for his efforts in consistently recognizing the staff at his urgent care site and creating an environment that shows appreciation for its providers.

Past Recipients

  • 2018—Paul Goebel, MD—Saint Agnes Medical Center
  • 2018—Jon Brummond, PA-C—Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center
  • 2018—Sergio Hernandez, MD—Queen of the Valley
  • 2018—Andrew Southard, MD—Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
  • 2018—Heather Hammerstedt, MD—Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
  • 2018—Shawn Lucas, MD—Good Samaritan
  • 2018—Jaime Moreno, MD—MacNeal Hospital
  • 2018—Herb Harman, MD—Mercy Medical Center Roseburg

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Howard Friedman Award

Named after Vituity Partner Emeritus Howard Friedman, MD, this award was first bestowed in 2020. It recognizes an unsung hero who embodies our Partnership values of humility, culture, and integrity.

Howard Friedman Award

Richard Thistle, MD

Inaugural Howard Friedman Award recipient Richard Thistle, MD, has been a cornerstone of many Vituity practices throughout California’s Central Valley over a 33-year career of service to our Partnership.

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Myron Wacholder Award

Vituity’s most prestigious award is named after one of Vituity’s founding Partners, Myron Wacholder, MD. He believed that an organization owned and managed by its practicing physicians could not only thrive but become the career choice for the best and brightest in medicine. Since 2008, the Wacholder Award has recognized the lifetime achievements of individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the Partnership.

Myron Wacholder Award

Patti Papeleux

Patti Papeleux was recognized for her keen business acumen and supportive mentorship of peers over a 33-year career, providing connections that led to invaluable relationships throughout the Partnership. Patti Papeleux is the first non-Partner recipient of the Wacholder Award since the award’s inception.

Past Recipients

  • 2019—Dan Culhane, MD
  • 2018—Wes Fields, MD

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