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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 2018—Riverside University Health System Medical Center
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- 2019—Dan Culhane, MD
- 2018—Wes Fields, MD