Mount Carmel at Columbus Business First Health Care Heroes Awards
Mount Carmel took home three awards at the 2014 Columbus Business First Health Care Heroes Awards. The awards recognize programs, organizations and individuals who have had a positive impact on health care within the central Ohio community. Mount Carmel earned recognition in two of five categories and had six finalists overall. Below are the stories of the honorees:
Ann Schiele’s efforts on behalf of nursing have impacted thousands of patients.
As president and dean of Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Schiele has helped countless students enter the medical profession and make a difference in their communities.
“Dr. Ann Schiele is a visionary in the field of nursing education whose dedication and leadership have inspired the careers and lives of everyone at the Mount Carmel College of Nursing,” wrote Claus von Zychlin, CEO of Mount Carmel Health System in nominating Schiele for a Health Care Hero award.
She spearheaded the hospital’s efforts to turn its nursing diploma program into a college granting four-year degrees. Schiele recalled her first visit to the Ohio Board of Regents, the state advisory board charged with addressing higher education issues.
“They looked at me like I had a hole in my head,” she said. “They said you can’t do that.”
That’s all Schiele needed to hear. From that moment, she was determined to build Mount Carmel’s program into an accredited body that could offer a bachelor’s of science in nursing.
“I love to be challenged,” she said.
Under her direction, Mount Carmel College of Nursing opened in 1990.
Schiele “has revolutionized the field of nursing education,” wrote von Zychlin.
“Under her leadership, the college has grown to offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, a 13-month second-degree program, an online RN-BSN Completion Program and a satellite campus at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster.”
Schiele, the longest serving president of any Ohio college or university, will have a new role this summer.
She’ll make the transition to president and dean emeritus of the college and will serve as an advocate for the growing clinical and community health collaborative between Mount Carmel and the Lower Lights Christian Health Center.
Schiele was instrumental in creating the partnership, which led to the opening of a family nursing center in Franklinton. The center serves the dual purpose of giving nursing students work experience and meeting the health care needs of the community, von Zychlin wrote.
She also worked to bring the Mount Carmel Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to life. The center allows medical and nursing students to practice real-life situations through the use of human patient simulators.
Through her dedication to education, Schiele has created a “legacy of compassion and outreach,” von Zychlin wrote
Brian Pierson works tirelessly to help Mount Carmel Health System provide care to the entire community.
As director of community outreach, he continually looks for ways for the health system to fulfill its mission of caring for underserved populations, wrote Sister Barbara Hahl, senior vice president of mission for the hospital, in nominating Pierson as a Health Care Hero.
“He also strives to look beyond the day-to-day needs and guides his staff to develop new initiatives that benefit the community at large,” Hahl wrote. “As a result, his team continues to develop relationships that are creating services that reach more individuals in the underserved populations of Central Ohio.”
Pierson spearheaded the team that created the Street Medicine program, which serves the homeless population in Columbus. The program brings Mount Carmel employees to homeless camps to provide free medical care and social work services.
He also has worked to ensure the Mount Carmel Mobile Outreach Coach – a mini health center on wheels – uses a vertical model, meaning patients can get treatment for a variety of physical and mental health issues and social services in the same place.
Dr. Dana Vallangeon, CEO of Lower Lights Christian Health Center, praised Pierson for his dedication to bringing care to those who need it.
“His focus on serving the uninsured and underinsured population in Columbus’ impoverished communities through management of Mount Carmel’s Mobile Coach and Street Medicine programs is unparalleled,” Vallangeon wrote.
During his tenure at the health system, Pierson has nurtured programs that serve new mothers and victims of crime, Hahl wrote
Her compassion, upbeat manner and willingness to work hard inspires others to emulate her, said Sean McKibben, who nominated her for an award.
Hamilton played a crucial role in the opening of Mount Carmel Grove City, wrote McKibben, president and COO of Mount Carmel West Hospital.
“As director of Mount Carmel Grove City, she has been instrumental in the strategy and operation of this new facility,” he wrote. “Her positive attitude and dedication to her patients and staff make her an indispensable member of Mount Carmel Health System.”
Hamilton oversaw the construction of the full-service, freestanding, 24-hour emergency department, often working from a trailer on the building site. Under her direction, the $56 million facility opened on time and under budget.
That the facility already has exceeded its initial projections and continues to see growth in patient volume reflects Hamilton’s commitment to providing the best patient care possible, McKibben wrote.
“Since the opening of Mount Carmel Grove City, Chellee has received visits from several patients who received care during the facility’s first few months of operation,” he wrote. “The patients have returned to the facility to thank her and the care team for the positive, and in some cases, life-saving experiences they had at the facility.”
She also has gained the respect and admiration of the staff through her willingness to work alongside them, he said.
“During busy moments, she searches for ways that she can support the efforts of physicians and staff, and she sets a great example by remaining visible and offering a helping hand.”