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Oaklawn honors top physician and employee for 2015 at awards event


Dr. Ginger Williams,  CEO and Dr. Stephen Yuill, Oaklawn 2016 Physician of the Year recipient.


Deb Lyng, RN, Oaklawn’s 2016 Employee of the Year recipient with Dr. Ginger Williams, CEO


MARSHALL – Steven Yuill, M.D., has been named Oaklawn’s 2015 Physician of the Year and Deb Lyng has been named Oaklawn’s Employee of the Year.

Yuill, a radiologist, was honored Tuesday during a gathering of Oaklawn staff members at the Franke Center for the Arts. The event included the presentation of service awards to 118 employees and honors to 31 staff members of Marshall Internal Family Medicine.

Lyng, a case manager, began her career at Oaklawn in August 1992, was nominated by a fellow employee who described her as “completely patient-focused.”

Ginger Williams, the hospital’s President and CEO, praised Yuill as a physician who exemplifies Oaklawn’s culture and values, and shows true dedication to bettering the communities the hospital serves. Yuill possesses the highest integrity in the science and art of medicine and is a valuable role model to colleagues, Williams said.

Williams added that Lyng “exemplifies all qualities of an excellent employee.
“Her top priority is making sure a patient is safe,” according to Lyng’s nominator.“She goes above and beyond to meet each person’s needs. She is focused on involving the family and making sure there is a complete plan in place for discharge.”

The nominator also wrote that Lyng frequently assists with patients’ personal needs.  “Deb has even taken patients to the bathroom and gotten blankets, water, etc. She would never say, ‘That’s not my job.’ Instead, she helps out in any way she can.”

Lyng is the 38th recipient of the employee honor, which Oaklawn has bestowed since 1978. As recipient of the award, Lyng received a dozen red roses, an honorary pin, a monetary award and an engraved clock. Her name will be added to a plaque in the hospital’s front lobby.

Yuill is the fifth recipient of Oaklawn’s Physician of the Year Award. José Valle, M.D., received the inaugural award in 2011. Other award-winners were Thomas Neidlinger, M.D., in 2012; J. Summer Liston, M.D., in 2013; and Hassan Beiz, M.D., in 2014.

As this year’s honored physician, Yuill will direct a $500 donation to a charity of his choice, and his name will be placed on a plaque displayed in the hospital’s main entrance.

The physician award was established to recognize a physician who has demonstrated their commitment to Oaklawn Hospital’s culture and values, and to the community. To be nominated, a physician must have been a member of Oaklawn’s active medical staff for at least three years, and may be nominated by hospital staff, medical staff or members of the Board of Directors. Members of Oaklawn’s Medical Executive Committee made the final selection.

Yuill received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and his medical degree at Chicago’s Rush Medical College. Yuill relocated to Michigan in 1995, working for Radiology Associates, and has been affiliated with Bronson Battle Creek and Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall since that time. He joined Advanced Radiology Services in January 2015.

Those who nominated Yuill for the honor made such comments as these:

“… always doing his job with a smile. No matter how trying his day/week has been, he never lets that get in the way of doing an amazing job.”

“… very respected by his staff and patients. He takes the time with everyone, listens and responds in a compassionate way.”

“… definitely leads by example. He is a humble man but sets the bar high and makes those around him want to achieve more.”

“… a great example when it comes to quality and consistency.”

Another highlight of the program was the presentation of service awards to 118 employees for specific levels of service. The awards were given to:

40 years: Mary Laws

35 years: Deborah Bowers

30 years: Cynthia Clifton, Judith Dice

25 years: Mary Cundiff, Sondra Fettes, Deborah Hankinson, Tracee Hathaway, Teresa Liscombe, Lynn Vangeison-Culver, Cynthia Wagner

20 years: Mark Booth, Gladys Brown, Lisa Carr, Betsy Carroll-Crist, Angela Devolder-Blair, Patricia Evans, Susanne Gallihugh, Vinetta Heaton, Lisa Hughes, Rosa Martin, Debra Okley

15 years: Jannette Ayala, Nathan Burns, Tommy Ciotta, Yolanda Cobley, David Collier, Barbara Crandall, Donna Darlington, Cari Gray, Shelley Jones, Jesse King, Debora Loss, Alisha Moor, Katherine Prebish, Brandi Randall, Caren Ray, Angela Riddle, Kaiti Vasbinder, Crystal Woods

10 years: Jodie Anderson, Christine Bailey, Debra Betz, Resemease Cage, Deborah Codde, Marlana Davis, Jennifer Dye, Angela Eiler, Juanita Greger, Tonya Hancock, Anthony Horabin, Tracie Horabin, Shoni Landis, Patricia Lindberg, Bethany Lothamer, Mabel Martin, Amanda McVicker, Danielle Miller, Mark Miller, Mandy Nelson, Kathy Newton, Nicole Robbins, Amanda Rosenburg, Becky Samra, Sarah Shiery, Christine Siebert, Patrice Sisler, Jennifer Strand, Ginger Williams, Charles Winter, Karen Woods

Five years: Morgan Albright, Christine Ali, Kelly Arens, James Boyd, Andrew Darling, Stephanie Fedele, Haley Fox, Natalie Fulcher, Nicole Garrison, Dawn Gaston, Tansley Gripman, Kathy Grooters, Scott Hall, Gary Hayslip, Wendy Heppe, Adam Hiday, Jacob Holliday, Sandra Hough, Jamie Huhn, Janaye Keifer, Celia Kerr, Shannon Lacinski, Lisa LeClear, Laurie Lindsay, Meredith Line, Vickie Madry, Douglas Martin, Mark Montross, Lisa Morgensai, Darlene Neidlinger, Stefanie Patty, Sheila Peckham, Deanna Pullins, Sandra Purcell, Jared Riker, Marta Ross, Pamela Russell, Marianne Sickels, Catherine Sine, Thomas Spitzer, Christina Tenney, Beth Thornton, Mandy Toney, Jessica Travis, Alexis Valentine, Masami Yoshida, Joseph Young

Also recognized were 31 staff members at Marshall Internal Family Medicine for their work on health-care quality and “LEAN” projects. They were: Department assistants – Charlene Cole, Nicole Curtis, Joanne Johnston, Vicki Kellogg, Jacqui Morris, Cherryl Ruddock, Elizabeth Shepard; administrative staff – Andrea Cook, Cheryl Lindsey; providers – Wendy Davis, James Maher, George Seifert, Sheri Sticker, Jose Valle, Lisa Wooden; medical assistants – David Cavender, Michelle Engel, Holly Hughes, Jamie Inman, Melissa Klepper, Stephanie Kowlachuk, Brittani Leach, Ashly Miller, Keith Whelan; LPNs – Robert Mansfield, Brittney Rector; other staff – DarShan Hammontree, Anthony Horabin, Jeanna Madej, Doug Martin, Mark Montross