Kaweah Delta set to honor top nurses, physician of the year on May 7 in Visalia

As part of Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s nurses week celebration (May 5-9), Kaweah Delta will honor its top nurses and its physician of the year on Wednesday, May 7, in Visalia.  

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St. Those who will be honored include:   Physician of the Year – Ronald Marconi, M.D.

Dr. Marconi is a family practice physician at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. He has been named Physician of the Year by staff nurses. He is recognized for his approachability and responsiveness to patient and family needs along with his overall commitment to quality patient care and collaboration with the entire healthcare team. His nomination reads, “Dr. Marconi listens with real intent and makes himself available to patients, families and staff. He is very approachable and every question is important to him. It is very evident … that he truly cares about our patients.”

Structural Empowerment Award - Jeanette Callison, RN, BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse)
This award recognizes a nurse who partners with community organizations to improve patient outcomes and the health of the community. Jeanette Callison was nominated for her work in the intensive care unit. She is a rapid response nurse, who works alongside medical and nursing staff, to improve patient outcomes. She also educates staff on current practices and serves her peers by teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support.   

New Knowledge, Innovation & Improvements Award – Erin Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN
This award honors a nurse who evaluates existing practice, supports sharing new knowledge, and introduces and supports innovations in nursing at Kaweah Delta. Erin Miller is a nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and is respected as a solid beacon of best practice and role modeling. Erin has been instrumental in solidifying the process for managing care for open-heart surgery patients who have trouble breathing or experience cardiac arrest. She’s also trained others in the department on the new process.  

Transformational Leadership Award – Tracie Plunkett, RNC-OB (Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics), BSN
This award honors a nurse in a formal leadership role who connects with staff within the organization by developing a unit/division that brings the nursing strategic plan and vision to life.  Tracie Plunkett is a nurse manager of Kaweah Delta’s Labor and Delivery Department. She’s honored by staff for supporting her nurses and staff by rolling up her sleeves to help out, for setting straightforward expectations that are clearly communicated and for empowering staff to take responsibility and be agents of change in the unit.  

Nurse Philanthropist – Cindy Dunbar, RN, CCRN
The Nurse Philanthropist Award was established by Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation in 2004 to recognize a member of the Kaweah Delta nursing staff who exhibits philanthropic commitment and leadership through participation in the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation’s Employee Giving Program.  This year’s award goes to Cindy Dunbar, an RN in the Patient Resource – Imaging/Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine department. She has been an employee donor to the foundation since 2000, and is a foundation ambassador, keeping teams throughout the district updated on giving campaigns and events. “The biggest misconception in donating is that giving back has to be in monumental ways, when in reality, every dollar and minute helps,” she said.