Hospital confers new award on three recipients

The first WDMH Commitment Award winners, from left: Shannon Duncan, Debbie Suffel and Dr. Sarah Dello Sbarba.

WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) has presented the first-ever Commitment Awards to three deserving recipients: Shannon Duncan, Dr. Sarah Dello Sbarba, and Debbie Suffel.

According to the institution, the new awards — bestowed Sept. 12 — shine a light on individuals or teams who exemplify the values represented by WDMH’s Commitment Statement: Compassion, Excellence, One Team, Respect, Accountability, Innovation and Learning.

“Our new Commitment Statement is more than just words on a plaque,” explains Cholly Boland, CEO.

“These honorees are leaders in demonstrating the values that result in compassionate excellence.”

Duncan, who volunteers at the Information Desk, is cited for “showing compassion by jumping in to help anytime she sees someone in need. Shannon is always pleasant and courteous to visitors and embodies the attitude that the patient or guest experience starts with her.”

Dr. Sbarba “puts patients at the centre of care. She believes in one team, making sure all voices are heard,” says the hospital, also lauding her “work with the obstetrics tiger team on the new WDMH website has resulted in a patient friendly and evidence-based resource for moms and families.”

Debbie Suffel is “extremely compassionate to all of the patients she meets throughout her shift,” says the hospital. “She brightens their day by talking with them as she cleans. Debbie uses 200 percent accountability, advocating for patients’ needs. She goes above and beyond as an important member of the team.”

The hospital’s Commitment Statement was developed earlier this year with the help of physicians, volunteers and staff. This group created straight-forward statements articulating “the very best of WDMH.”

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