The Gill Awards

Gill Recognition Award

The Gill Recognition Program seeks nominations of staff, faculty, trainee, or an entire area to recognize outstanding work based on one or more of the criteria below. 
•    Going the extra mile to help colleagues or patients
•    Inspiring others
•    Preventing a serious adverse event
•    Embracing a spirit of constant improvement
•    Creating a valuable learning opportunity or environment
•    Developing an innovative approach or solution
•    Outstanding commitment to a scholarly pursuit
Nominations should include the individual name or area and a brief description of the outstanding work.
The Gill Recognition Award will be awarded monthly. Please submit your nominations by the 15th of each month. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter and will receive their award on the last Friday of each month. 

You may open the nomination form on your web browser by clicking the link below: Gill Recognition Program
June, 2021
Congratulations to Jacob Stone, Exercise Physiologist Supervisor/UKHC Diagnostic Heart Services, for receiving the June 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Jacob was nominated by the entire Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff.
"Jacob is a wonderful leader, always going the extra mile to improve patient care, by innovative approaches and constantly thinking about the improvement of current procedures. In the past year, Jacob has been able to adapt to the pandemic constraints while maintaining high-quality care for cardiac rehab patients. Cardiac Rehab closed its doors for only 8 weeks due to COVID19, while many programs across the state remained closed for well into the Summer months, very much in part to Jacob's efforts. During the closure, Jacob initiated home exercise plans for current patients at the time of closure and continued communication about reopening. He created a reopening plan that ultimately the national cardiac rehab organization released very similar info weeks later, he was ahead of the curve. During this time, he explored and was able to initiate and implement a hybrid home-based cardiac rehab program to serve those patients who were affected by their local cardiac rehab facility closures, that otherwise would not have been able to receive cardiac rehab services. In addition to these accomplishments, he is well on his way to approval of a cardiac rehab facility expansion adding much-needed additional space for equipment and expanded dietary educational opportunities. He has also been an integral part of designing a cardiac rehab-specific workflow in EPIC that is tailored to our facility. Jacob continually provides outreach education about cardiac rehab to incoming residents and fellows and recently provided education to Cardinal Hill providers as well. He has participated in many community service events about hands-only CPR, including teaching the UK Football team this life-saving skill. Not only is Jacob the supervisor of cardiac rehab with all the manager duties, he also still provides patient care on a daily basis. His dedication and passion for the cardiac rehab program here at UK has been unwavering, and we, his staff, are so fortunate and blessed to have him as our fearless boss. We believe he is most deserving of this recognition." - The Cardiac Rehab Team
May 2021
Congratulations to Ken Campbell, PhD, Professor in Physiology, for receiving the May 2021 Gill Recognition Award. Ken was nominated by Mindy Thompson, Research Program Manager, Physiology.

"Dr. Campbell meets most, if not all, of the criteria for this award. A few years after his arrival at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Campbell developed an innovative approach with one of the cardiologists to startup a cardiac biobank using limited resources available to his lab. Dr. Campbell serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and teaches several courses to include MD826. He takes pride in making course material exciting, easily accessible, and comprehendible. While most professors might dread receiving class reviews at the end of the semester, Dr. Campbell welcomes the opportunity for improvement. He frequently seeks ways to improve both professionally and personally. Dr. Campbell has an inspiring personality that allows him to encourage others and has allowed him to build an unbelievable internal and external network. The support he offers his colleagues and mentees is unsurpassed. This, I was able to witness when he had a lab reunion Zoom. Several of his previous students or postdocs joined a Zoom reunion to catch up. All five of them had nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Campbell but most importantly, the work culture they described is the same, if not better, today. A positive work culture can be challenging to create let alone maintain, and improve, over the course of 17 years which speaks volumes to his character and leadership!"- Mindy Thompson
April 2021
Congratulations to the Cardiac Cath Lab for being recognized by a patient and receiving the April 2021 Gill Recognition Award!
Here is what the patient had to say:
A patient wrote a note on her patient survey to compliment the staff who provided care during her visit to the Cath Lab on 2/24. "I have dealt with a lot of medical staff in the past, but they really outdid themselves in the Cath Lab. I can not say enough about Cory. He was so genuine and nice and easy to ask any questions to. Steve, Clarissa, and Faith were awesome in the procedure room as well. I also saw Pita for my echo and she was super gentle, which I needed after my procedure." She asks for the manager to review and recognize the staff for their great work.
March 2021
She'Ahna Leach (left) was nominated by Shawynie Washington (right) for the March Gill Recognition Award.
"She'Ahna seeks out to improve processes for the better of patients and her colleagues. She sees situations before they happen. She'Ahna jumps in to help when needed and before she is asked. A very well-rounded employee and team player. Always looks to improve a patients' experience" - Shawynie Washington.

The Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Translational Award for Early Stage Career Investigators

2017 Award recipient Kiran Musunuru, MD, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Kiran Musunuru is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Musunuru has emerged as a national leader in the area of cardiovascular genetics, functional genomics, and stem cell biology. His track record as a scientist is exemplary, with publications in prestigious scientific journals including Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, and Circulation Research. Dr. Musunuru has led the charge to identify and dissect new genes involved in the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction and is regarded as the authority on genome editing in cardiology. Dr. Musunuru is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama and the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association. Dr. Musunuru presented his research findings and scholarly work as a featured speaker at the 20th Annual Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiovascular Research Day on November 3rd, 2017.

The Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Research Award

This prestigious award recognizes an early-stage career investigator within five years of first faculty appointment whose innovative work and creativity have impacted cardiovascular research and/or advancements in clinical care.

Application Process-TBA

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