August 7, 2009

Nominations sought for new leadership award

Nominations sought for new leadership award

Vanderbilt Medical Center is rolling out a new elevate award to honor leaders whose performance exemplifies the five pillars of excellence.

The award — the Five Pillar Leader Award — will be presented at each of the institution's quarterly Leadership Assemblies. The next assembly is set for Sept. 16-17, and the deadline for nominations for the new award is Aug. 28.

The Five Pillar Leader Award joins the already established Credo Award as a vehicle to honor Medical Center personnel who embody the principles of service, quality and Credo behaviors that make up the elevate initiative.

“This really is a new way to recognize each quarter an exceptional leader at the Medical Center who has demonstrated a balance of excellence across multiple pillars and models Credo behaviors,” said Peter Giammalvo, Ph.D., VMC chief learning officer.

Whereas the Credo Award is open to all Medical Center staff and faculty, the new Five Pillar Leader Award is open only to those in positions of leadership. Members of VMC's executive leadership team, however, are not eligible.

Each quarter, members of the elevate systems team will review nominations, select the recipient and present their decision to the executive team for endorsement. Winners will receive a crystal award and $500.

To nominate someone for the Five Pillar Leader Award, go to and click on “Elevate Awards” or go directly to the nominations page at

In addition to a brief narrative, nominations should include supporting documentation such as Community Survey results, patient satisfaction data, quality data and/or other leadership performance benchmarks.

For a complete list of nomination guidelines, go to the elevate Web site.