Nurse receives Health Care Worker of the Year Award; Leader honored

Cincinnati, OH (June 13, 2014) -- Karen Rodgers of Catholic Health Partners' Youngstown market, Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP), has received the 2014 Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award from the Ohio Hospital Association. The association gave its highest honor to Rodgers during its annual conference this week in Columbus.

In addition, Robert W. Shroder, senior vice president of CHP and president and CEO of Humility of Mary Health Partners, was named recipient of the James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award. The award honors an individual whose professional attainments embody qualities of an outstanding leader or mentor for service to the healthcare community.

"I have worked for Humility of Mary since 1991," Rodgers said, in accepting the award. "I immediately noticed the difference coming to work for a faith-based organization. I have continued to work for them because their mission and values are congruent with my own: to extend the healing ministry of Jesus."

Rodgers served 22 years at St. Joseph Health Center, a HMHP hospital, and 32 years in healthcare. She initiated a nurse-to-nurse mentoring program, pairing new nurses with a post-graduate coach. Rodgers also collaborated in the development and implementation of CCRN, PCCN and Medical-Surgical certification review programs. She currently serves as co-chair of the St. Joseph's research council and co-chair of the professional practice council.

OHA members were invited to nominate one person for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year award, created in 1996 to honor a hospital employee who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio's health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty and gives back to the community.