Federal Executive Board Recognizes VA Maryland Health Care System Employees

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The Baltimore Federal Executive Board (FEB) has recognized five employees from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System as part of its 2012 Excellence in Federal Careers Awards Program that honors federal agency employees working in Maryland for their accomplishments and outstanding job performance during the previous year. The FEB awards are granted at three levels--Gold, Silver and Bronze—in more than 20 different categories. The awardees at the VA Maryland Health Care System include Terry Todesco, Sandra Wieland, Carol Holmes, Judith Humphries, and Greg Steinbrenner.

The awardees at the VA Maryland Health Care System include Terry Todesco, Sandra Wieland, Carol Holmes, Judith Humphries, and Greg Steinbrenner.

The Baltimore Federal Executive Board (FEB) has recognized five employees from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System as part of its 2012 Excellence in Federal Careers Awards Program that honors federal agency employees working in Maryland for their accomplishments and outstanding job performance during the previous year. The FEB awards are granted at three levels--Gold, Silver and Bronze—in more than 20 different categories. The awardees at the VA Maryland Health Care System include Terry Todesco, Sandra Wieland, Carol Holmes, Judith Humphries, and Greg Steinbrenner.

Terry Todesco, responsible for internal communications and special events for the health care system, received the top honors with a prestigious Gold level in the Outstanding Professional (Non-Supervisory) category for her superior performance, creative expertise and dedication to the health care system’s mission of serving Veterans.

Three employees, Sandra Wieland, Carol Holmes and Judith Humphries, earned Silver Awards. Cited for her dedication to and advocacy for her Veteran patients and her tireless devotion to getting the job done, Wieland won the Silver Award in the Outstanding Professional (Non-Supervisory) category for her work as a nurse practitioner as part of the Mental Health Clinical Care Center at the health care system’s Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic. Humphries’ Silver Award in the Outstanding Supervisor category recognizes her work directly supporting numerous professional, staff and patient education activities as the business manager in the health care system’s Education and Academic Affairs Service. Holmes, an education technician also serving in the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Education and Academic Affairs Service, earned a Silver Award in the Outstanding Para-Professional (Non-Supervisory) category for her initiative and drive and her outstanding coordination of the department’s key development programs. Steinbrenner, a research project coordinator and exercise physiologist in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, won a Bronze in the Rookie of the Year category for his work in obtaining a grant that was used to purchase testing equipment that benefitted all GRECC studies.

Established in 1969, the Baltimore Federal Executive Board counts more than 130 member agencies and seven federal installations in its membership and a Board of Directors comprised of local agency heads, both civilian and military.

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one community living & rehabilitation center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from the VAMHCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, the VAMHCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.

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Rosalia Scalia