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Two Rising Health Care Human Resources Leaders Named 2017 Gary Willis Leadership Award Winners

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Congratulations to the 2017 Gary Willis Leadership Award Winners
The GWL Award recognizes managers and directors who have made outstanding leadership and operations contributions to their organizations. In addition, it honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to participating in continuous educational opportunities that promote operational excellence. The GWL Award honors the memory of Gary Willis, an ASHHRA board member, who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.

The 2017 GWL award honorees were recognized at the ASHHRA 53rd annual conference in Seattle on Sept. 16.

Award Recipients:

Danielle Gilbert
Administrative Director, Human Resources
Bon Secours Health System, Richmond, Va.

Gilbert joined the Bon Secours Health System in 2010 after leading HR for major retailers. Her role includes HR counseling, HR policy management, diversity and inclusion recruiting, employee relations and CEO support. She views health care as a “calling,” and not just a job.

Recently, Gilbert was asked to lead an effort to identify cost savings and improvements within Human Resources for the Bon Secours Health System. Gilbert and her team identified inefficiencies and recommended a new HR services delivery model. After educating more than 2,000 employees on the new model and securing buy-in from leadership, the team moved forward with a new standard that will realign HR services with industry best practices. This includes the creation of an HR Operations Center with Centers of Excellence, enhanced technology, and the expansion of self-service opportunities for both employees and managers.

Read more of Gilbert’s story on the Health Forum website

Donnette Truss
Business Partner, Human Resources
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, New York

Donnette Truss’ health care career began by chance. Early in her career, she accepted a job at a dialysis center to manage billing, and shortly thereafter she transitioned to payroll and employee benefits. The opportunity to support people through the employee life journey sealed her progression in the field.

Focusing on employee development and leading with compassion is what drives Truss in her role with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, where she leads labor and employee relations matters and employee engagement. Her mark on the hospital was evident when Truss partnered with the hospital’s IT division to successfully implement a new electronic timekeeping system. This ongoing project will be rolled out to the hospital population of more than 5,000 employees, of which 70 percent are unionized under varying bargaining agreements. Truss led the initial assessment, implementation of new policies, and validation and evaluation of the new system.

Read more about Truss and her accomplishments on the Health Forum website.

Next spring, we’ll announce how to apply or nominate a colleague for the 2018 GWL Award. Stay tuned!