Awards, Pennock Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock is seeking Compassion Award nominations for 2017 Quality & Culture Awards

August 25, 2017

Spectrum Health Pennock has begun planning their 10th annual Quality & Culture Awards, a fall event celebrating exceptional care and community engagement. As part of this event, Spectrum Health Pennock is once again seeking community nominations for the Compassion Award, honoring special caregivers who excel in their practice of care and move the patient experience from good to extraordinary.

In its fifth year, the Compassion Award aims to identify those very special caregivers or colleagues who consistently communicate in a sensitive manner, listen carefully, display empathy and instill a sense of hope. All Compassion Award nominees are invited to the annual awards dinner. The recipient is announced during the evening’s presentation. “Caring and compassion are at the core of Spectrum Health values, it is who we are,” noted Carla Wilson-Neil, COO, Spectrum Health Pennock. “Choosing just one compassionate caregiver is always a challenge.”

Ms. Wilson-Neil related that “Our Ethics Committee promoted this award to celebrate the personal care provided at Pennock. It is patterned after Boston’s nationally recognized Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care which honors those who make a profound difference through their dedication to compassionate and collaborative care. Our first Compassion Award was given to Chris Noah, MD, who not only provided many years of compassionate care at Pennock, but also traveled five times to Haiti to provide health care to those in need.”

James Weatherhead, MD received the 2016 Compassion Award. Weatherhead, who recently retired from his practice after 40 years of service, received incredible nominations from his patients, patient family members and colleagues speaking to his kindness, strong principles and concern for their overall well-being. This past June, Weatherhead was also recognized for his significant contributions to Spectrum Health, receiving the Distinguished Physician Society Award. He is one of only 82 physicians since 1997 that have been recognized for their clinical practice and leadership. These awards are a testament of his dedication to Spectrum Health and the community he served while in practice.

Please join Spectrum Health Pennock in honoring a special colleague or caregiver for their compassionate care. If you would like to nominate a care provider or other individual for this year’s Compassion Award, please contact Adam Sinclair, senior improvement specialist,, by September 9 with the following information: Name of the Spectrum Health Pennock colleague or care provider that you are nominating

  • A detailed description of why you are nominating this individual
  • Your contact information (name, phone number, email address) and the best way to be reached for any follow-up questions

If you have any questions or would like a Compassion Award nomination form mailed to you, you may contact Adam Sinclair at 269.945.1753.


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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Marketing and Communications
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