Leneski chosen as $5K scholar

April 27, 2017

Radiology employee selected to implement sensory-friendly idea at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.
Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are proud to announce Amy Leneski, radiology technician, was selected as the 2017 President’s Scholar.

Launched in 2016 by hospital president Mary Kay VanDriel, the President’s Scholar program empowers Spectrum Health employees who have passion and ideas to improve local health care. Sponsored by Mary Kay and Bob VanDriel, one recipient is selected annually to receive a professional mentor and $5,000 to focus on a research or improvement project for one year. The chosen scholars are also supported with one week of paid time off to focus on their project.

“We have excellent employees here at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, and I have found that the people closest to the patients often have the best ideas,” said Mary Kay VanDriel. “The annual President’s Scholar program allows our employees to take a larger part in driving change in our hospitals, and fulfilling Spectrum Health’s mission of improving the health of the communities we serve.”

Pictured from left to right: Thomas Wright, Medical Group Division Chief, Joy Smith, Radiology Manager, Melonie Jackson, Director, Human Resources Business Partner Caroline Ring, Chief Nursing Officer, Tom Knoerl, Controller, Amy Leneski, Radiology Technician, Mary Kay VanDriel, President of Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals

Pictured from left to right: Thomas Wright, Medical Group Division Chief, Joy Smith, Radiology Manager, Melonie Jackson, Director, Human Resources Business Partner
Caroline Ring, Chief Nursing Officer, Tom Knoerl, Controller, Amy Leneski, Radiology Technician, Mary Kay VanDriel, President of Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals

Amy Leneski’s project will focus on improving sensory education, training and equipment for patients and families with autism or sensory sensitivities.

“Nationally, very few hospitals have the resources or staff training to work appropriately with patients affected by sensory issues,” Amy said. “I believe it is essential for our hospitals to work effectively and compassionately with these individuals.”

Emily Jones, a Spectrum Health social worker and 2016 President’s Scholar, focused her project on creating awareness of human trafficking among staff at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.

Emily’s research and passion for the subject led to a seven-part presentation series held at Big Rapids Hospital, and broadcast to other Spectrum Health hospitals. The series educates physicians, nurses and staff on how health care providers can play a vital role in identifying human trafficking victims. The speaker series includes experts in the field who teach warning signs, provide appropriate resources, and help staff understand the hidden culture of human trafficking.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; about 180 ambulatory and service sites; about 3,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, including about 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 791,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 25,300 employees. The organization provided more than $326 million in community benefit during its 2016 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—by Truven Health Analytics™ for 2016. This is the fifth time the organization has received this recognition.



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