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Centerpoint Medical Center employees recognized by The Research Foundation

INDEPENDENCE, Mo., (July 3, 2018) – The Research Foundation has awarded two Centerpoint Medical Center employees for their dedication to health care. Starr Santee is the 2018 recipient of the Hal M. Quinn Excellence in Nursing Award and Kim Cochrane is the 2018 recipient of the Kathy DeGrande Award for Excellence.

Santee joined the Centerpoint staff as a new nurse and has been in the profession less than a year. In that short time, she has received numerous positive reviews from patients and has become a member of her unit’s shared governance council for which she organizes community service activities and events.

Cochrane began working at Centerpoint in June 2017 where she has trained to become a team leader for her unit, attended a preceptor academy and has served as preceptor for two new graduate nurses. She is also co-chair for her unit’s shared governance council and is active in increasing attendance and participation through team building activities and community service events.

The Hal M. Quinn Excellence in Nursing Award was created in honor of former board member and chairman of The Research Foundation, Hal Quinn. Quinn passed away May 2013. The award provides $1,500 for continuing education to a nurse that excels in patient care.

The Kathy DeGrande Award for Excellence was created to honor Kathy DeGrande, former vice president and chief financial officer at Research Medical Center and Research Belton Hospital, now Belton Regional Medical Center. DeGrande passed away March 2000. The award provides $1,000 for continuing education to a full-time or part-time health care professional that is committed to excellence, abiding interest in the welfare of their co-workers, has a zest for life and a sense of humor.

Both awards are given annually to area health care professionals who work at hospitals in the region.

The Research Foundation supports professional development in health care through several other continuing education opportunities. Learn more about our medical symposiums here or awards given to Research College of Nursing faculty here