2019 Core Value Award Winners

Alliance Proudly Announces the Recipients of the 4th Annual Alliance Core Value Awards

For the last three years, Alliance has recognized the top performers in the company. These team members embody our core values of above and beyond compassion, service, respect, integrity, excellence, and service in care. Each year, we receive strong nominations with encouraging stories about incredible people who do so much for this company. Five individual recipients are awarded based on their performance’s alignment to one of our five core values. In addition, we honor a recipient of our Provider Award and a recipient of our Chairman’s Award for their embodiment of many or all of our Alliance Core Values.

We’re proud to announce this year’s recipients below for the 4th Annual Alliance Core Value Awards.

Compassion Award

The recipient of the Compassion award is someone who consistently demonstrates sympathy and concern for the misfortunes of others, along with a strong desire to help. This person can be described as kind, warm, sensitive, and determined to alleviate or reduce suffering. The Compassion Award winner shows these traits around both patients and co-workers.

This year, Alliance’s Front Office Coordinator in Marietta, Kammie Harrell, received this award.

Kammie gives her time, love, and friendship to her team selflessly with “no judgement, only love and acceptance.” She brightens her patients’ days with hugs and a few loving, caring words. Her peers are inspired by how Kammie sees the good in every situation and every person.

Respect Award

The recipient of the Respect award shows daily that they value their co-workers and patients by honoring their personal rights, opinions, and dignity. This respectful employee is willing to listen and learn from others. They are able to both lead and follow. The Respect Award winner is accessible to many because of their fair and open manner. The winner of the Respect Award treats others as they would like to be treated, regardless of whether or not the same views are shared.

This year, Alliance’s Quality Education Admin, Lindsay Loew, won this award.

Lindsay is described as the perfect example of what the Respect award represents. “You can see the value she places on every person she has contact with including her co-workers, patients, peers or superiors. Lindsay treats them all the same. Lindsay consistently honors each individual’s personal rights, opinions and dignity.”

Integrity Award

The recipient of the Integrity award is one who always does the right thing, even when no one else is looking. This person is honest, ethical, and has strong moral principles. The Integrity winner is an employee who is reliable and whose actions consistently reflect their words. They are trusted and relied upon by co-workers and patients because they are trustworthy. 

This year, Alliance’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Marietta and Cartersville, Alicia Craddock, received this award.

Alicia is trusted by all staff because “she is straightforward. Her word is good. If she says she is going to do something, she will do it. You can rely on her to carry out the deed.” Dr. Schaufele states, “If I were to go to war, I want her on my team. You know she will have your back. No questions asked.”

Excellence Award

The recipient of the Excellence Award continually strives to surpass ordinary standards. This person performs all tasks at 100% and can frequently be found going above and beyond their necessary duties. The Excellence Award winner seeks to improve, whether it’s an office process or a solution for a patient. They set specific goals and takes steps to achieve them. This person collaborates and innovates in the office and with patients. 

This year, Alliance’s Precertification Manager, Kanetha Johnson, won this award.

Kanetha is a huge asset to her department. She is clearly an outstanding manager, professional, and a visionary for Alliance Spine and Pain as a whole. Her team shares that “she pushes us to the limit, she sees each of our potentials, and she makes no excuses for what we are capable of achieving on an everyday basis.”

Service Award

The recipient of the Service award understands that we are in business ultimately for one reason – to help patients overcome pain. The outstanding Service award winner is someone who directly touches patients along with someone who serves in a capacity that supports the centers and ultimately, the patient. The Service winner continually seeks to understand the needs of those around them. This person is accountable, friendly, empathetic, customer-focused, consistent, and resourceful.

This year, Alliance’s Referral Coordinator, Kayla Oellerich, received the Service Award.

Kayla is described as one who “leads with integrity by being a role model that truly cares for her team as well as patients. She constantly thinks of the needs of others as her top priority.  Kayla has no problem going above and beyond.” Kayla does an outstanding job not only in her department, but also in emerging technologies with Dr. Elkon.

Provider Award

The recipient of this award is the CRNA, mid-level, or physician at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers who most embodies all of our core values as described above. This person lives by these values, thus setting an example for others to do the same. Their behavior is consistent, inspirational, and observed by both patients and employees.

This year, Alliance’s physician in Roswell, Gwinnett, and Johns Creek, Dr. Preetesh Patel, won this award.

Dr. Patel has made his mark of excellence in his honesty and openness with both his staff and patients. “He takes an interest in every aspect of a patient’s care and they speak so highly of him. Dr. Patel fosters an environment for his staff and patients with detailed care and compassion.”

Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award is given to the employee who embodies all of the qualities of our Alliance Core Values, who achieves our goal of providing exceptional patient care, and is a consistently outstanding employee and colleague.

This year, Alliance’s physician in Augusta, Dr. Shahnaz Bari, was honored with this award.

Dr. Bari embodies each of the five core values. “She built her practice around these Alliance Core Values before she was even part of Alliance, which was one of the very attractive things about partnering with her as Alliance grew to Augusta. She exhibits these values every day and they are a part of the culture in Augusta at every position.      

Congratulations to all of the 4th Annual Alliance Core Value Awards winners! We appreciate each and every one of you and all of the people who continuously go above and beyond for our company and our patients.