Annual Employee and Team Awards Presented by Cheshire Medical Center

June 1st, 2017

Annual Awards

Ralph Jernberg, Safety and Security Officer, Michelle Miner, RN, Kin Rilling, RN (all pictured with Don Caruso, MPH, CEO/President, CMO); Sepsis Process Improvement Team – Left to right: Gerard Kiernan, MD; James Suozzi, DO; Jessica Lussier, RN; Andree Smith, RN; Carrie Cocklin, MD; Angela Lefebvre, RN; Kurt Hanniger, RN. Missing: Harry Byrne, RN; Linda Dionne, MT (ASCP); Claire Fabian, MD; Matthew Guiltinan, MD; Elisa Lafayette, PA-; David Lein, MD; Sharolyn Martin, RN

(Keene, NH) Cheshire Medical Center, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health affiliate recently presented the 2017 Annual President’s Service Excellence and Chairman’s Awards.

The President’s Service Excellence Award is presented for extraordinary service characterized by compassion, responsiveness to the needs of others and a positive, team-oriented attitude. The recipients of the annual President’s Service Excellence Award were: Ralph Jernberg, Safety and Security Officer, Michelle Miner, RN, Pediatric RN Care Coordinator, and Kin Rilling, RN, Family Medicine.

The Chairman’s Award recognizes a team or teams who work to continuously improve the quality of Cheshire Medical Center’s health services. Over the years, the Chairman’s Award has been presented to a number of deserving groups that improved operations or patient safety. This year the award went to the Emergency Department Sepsis
3- Hour Bundle Improvement Team.

The Sepsis Process Improvement Team consists of Harry Byrne, RN; Carrie Cocklin, MD; Linda Dionne, MT (ASCP); Claire Fabian, MD; Matthew Guiltinan, MD; Kurt Hanniger, RN; Gerard Kiernan, MD; Elisa Lafayette, PA-C; Angela Lefebvre, RN; David Lein, MD; Jessica Lussier, RN; Sharolyn Martin, RN; Andree Smith, RN; and James Suozzi, DO. This multidisciplinary team that included nurses, physicians, lab personnel, and quality improvement staff was formed to expedite the detection of sepsis in the Emergency Room. The Sepsis Team redesigned the Emergency Department processes to ensure that patients are screened for sepsis and appropriate labs and cultures are drawn promptly, with appropriate antibiotics and fluids administered quickly.

Cheshire Medical Center congratulates all of the Annual President’s Service Excellence and Chairman’s Award recipients for their dedication to the Medical Center’s patients and community.

Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health affiliate providing the communities in the Greater Monadnock Region a continuum of care spanning primary care and specialty medicine, to surgical services and acute inpatient care.  For 125 years, the nonprofit Medical Center has been caring for the health and wellness of the local community through clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time.    To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit