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For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2013

Southcoast Health System announces 2013 President's Award winners

Winners are listed in alphabetical order by home town

NEW BEDFORD, Mass - Southcoast® Health System announces recipients of the 2013 Southcoast President's Award for Excellence. Nominated by their co-workers, the President's Award recognizes 12 individuals and one team for outstanding performance, integrity and overall quality of services provided.

This year's recipients were announced at the combined annual meetings of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group by Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. The event was held December 10, 2013, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

"President's Award of Excellence is presented to some of our most talented employees at Southcoast who truly demonstrate the cultural elements of Southcoast Health System," said Hovan. "Southcoast's achievements are based on the dedicated services and efforts of more than 7,000 employees. It gives me great pride to acknowledge these individuals."

All Southcoast employees, including members of leadership and physicians who are employees of Southcoast, are eligible. There is no limit on the number of times an employee can be nominated. Winners are selected on how well they meet the selection criteria that is based on excellent performance and demonstration of Southcoast's values.

2013 Southcoast President's Award for Excellence winners:
Listed by home town and in alphabetical order.
Cynthia Benedito
Senior Radiology Technologist
Radiology - Tobey Hospital

Fall River (3)
Lisa Bravo
Business Operations Manager
Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association

Maria Cabral
Food Service Worker
Food & Nutrition
Charlton Memorial Hospital

Lena Cornejo
Certified Nurse Assistant
Charlton Memorial Hospital

Michele Wakeman
Registered Nurse, Team Leader
Tobey Hospital

Holly Lestage
Provider Staff Recruiter
Southcoast Physicians Group

New Bedford (3)
Victor Amaral
Help Desk Support Tech / MIS
Southcoast Health System

Dalila Ferreira
Registered Nurse
St. Luke's Hospital

Kathleen Thornton
Injury Prevention Specialist
Southcoast Occupational Health
St. Luke's Hospital

Antonio Costa
Clinical Analyst/ MIS
Southcoast Health System

Susan Seremetis
Dietary Aide
Food & Nutrition
Tobey Hospital

Tiverton, R.I.
Marc Theroux, MD
Borden Medical
Southcoast Physicians Group

Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) Implementation Team
The CPOE Implementation Team is responsible for creating a computer system that allows physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care practitioners to enter their own orders directly into the electronic medical record of each patient. The system streamlines operations, resulting in decreased medical errors, improved patient safety and increased regulatory compliance. The multi-disciplinary team has been working on the project since 2010 and has implemented the system at all three Southcoast hospital sites.

The CPOE Implementation Team is comprised of:
Acushnet (3)
Barbara Affonce
Erin Bedient
Lori LeValley

Scott LaRosa

Fairhaven (4)
Edward Ciesielski
Elizabeth Amaral
Nathan Santos
Susan Soares

April Kroll

Michael Marcoux

New Bedford (4)
Anna Bourque
Hiedi Boyle
Linda Palmieri
Tammy Souza

Sarah Cresswell

South Dartmouth
Urszula Andrade

Antonio Costa

West Wareham
Lisa Rizza

Tracy Howarth

Little Compton, R.I.
Margaret Chretien*

Tiverton, R.I.
Kelly Marks

Warren, R.I.
Kathleen McCauley

*deceased in July 2013


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group - Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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