Awards

Lee Suszycki and Judy Midelfort Memorial Awards

Lee Suszycki was the founder and first president of our Society. She was passionate about many things, including education, writing, publication, social work and transplantation. The Society for Transplant Social Workers is a direct outgrowth of her vision for social workers practicing in transplantation. Judy Midelfort was a founding member of the Society, one of the first to publish on psychosocial issues in transplantation and a strong supporter of professional growth and education. In honor of both Lee and Judy and their dedication to our Society, two memorial awards have been established. These are presented at each annual conference to two members of the Society who have made significant contributions to the field of social work in transplantation. Contributions include, but are not limited to, publishing, public speaking, research projects or developing new tools or programs. Nominations should be forwarded to the President and should include a brief statement describing the nominee’s contributions to the field.

2016 Award Winners

Dugan, Fisher Win Top Transplant Awards
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2015 Award Winners

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Mosele, Voorhes Win Top Transplant Social Work Awards

October 8, 2015. Beth Mosele and Pat Voorhes won top honors from the Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW) at its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. Each year the Society recognizes two social workers for significant contributions to the transplant field.

Mosele has been a medical social worker for 38 years. For the past 12 years she has worked as a heart transplant-mechanical circulatory support (MCS) social worker . She entered the advanced heat failure field at the Methodist Hospital-Texas Medical Center and then moved to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center. Over the course of the last three years, she has developed a social work program that was recognized as best practice by The Joint Commission in the fall of 2014. Mosele is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker (CCTSW) and is one of the first STSW members to receive the Certified Clinical Social Worker-Mechanical Circulatory Support (CCSW-MCS) credential. Mosele has been an active STSW Board member . She is the MCS member-at –large and serves on the credentialing committee. She has also presented at several conferences.

Voorhes joined the Transplant Department at the University of Utah Medical Center in April 2008. She has worked as living donor advocate and as a social worker for heart, lung, Kidney, liver & MCS patients and living donors. She is also a CCTSW and an active STSW board member. She has done a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the Society: She has facilitated by-laws amendments, assisted with parliamentary procedures and served as compliance officer and treasurer. She established conference and operating budgets and has been a great steward of the Society’s resources.

Mosele and Voorhes won the Lee Suszycki and Judy Midelfort Memorial awards, respectively. Suszyshi’s passion and vision led her to found the Society in 1985. Midelfort, a founding member, was one of the first social workers to publish on psychosocial issues in transplantation.

 2014 Award Winners

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Humberson, Temple Win Top Transplant Social Work Awards

September 4, 2014.  Annette Humberson and Dawn Temple won top honors from the Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW) at its annual conference in Boston on September 2-5, 2014.  Each year the Society recognizes two social workers for significant contributions to the transplant field.

Humberson has worked as a social worker for the liver transplant team at Cleveland Clinic for the past nine years.  She has served on the board of the STSW and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker.  Humberson led a task force which developed a tool for psychosocial evaluations and has presented at a number of STSW annual conferences.  In addition to her activities with STSW, Humberson serves on Region 10 UNOS board and is a member of the UNOS Patient Affairs Committee.

Temple has worked for twenty years providing substance use disorder treatment, supervision, and program development.  She was hired in 2004 by PinnacleHealth in Outcomes Management for general discharge planning and in 2011 was hired by the Transplant Service to work as a kidney/pancreas transplant social worker.  She continues to work on a way of developing a formal means of access for all levels of treatment substance use treatment for people on dialysis and is currently serving on the PinnacleHealth Ethics Committee.  Temple has served on the board of STSW since 2012 co-chairing the website committee and has been an integral part of the total redevelopment of the STSW website.

Humberson and Temple won the Lee Suszycki and Judy Midelfort Memorial Awards respectively.  Suszycki’s passion and vision led her to found the Society in 1985. Midelfort, a founding member, was one of the first social workers to publish on psychosocial issues in transplantation.  The Society has grown internationally including social workers from all solid organ groups.  Members continue to embrace the opportunities for professional development and connection offered by STSW in order to serve patients and families better.

2013 Award Winners

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Janet Stevenson and Noelle Dimitri Win Top 2013 Transplant Social Work Awards

October 10, 2013. Noelle C. Dimitri and Janet Stevenson won top honors from the Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW) at its annual conference in Dallas on October 9–11, 2013. Each year the Society recognizes two social workers for significant contributions to the transplant field. Dimitri, a social worker at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, does research in the transplant field and has given numerous professional presentations on her work. She has authored six articles on transplantation over the past 5 years. She also presented “A Quality Improvement Initiative to Identify the Psychosocial Needs of Kidney Transplant Survivors” at the STSW Annual Conference. She is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker, serves as a Society board member, and representative to UNOS. She will be hosting the 2015 STSW conference in Boston. Stevenson is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker who has spent the last eighteen years working with heart transplant patients and their families at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Heart Transplant Service. She has served as a Board Member of the Society since 2010 and hosted the 2012 Conference in San Francisco. She is currently chairing the Society’s task force to establish job descriptions for transplant social workers along with core competencies which supports STSW’s vision of building professional standards. Dimitri and Stephenson won the Lee Suszycki and Judy Midelfort Memorial Awards, respectively. Suszycki’s passion and vision led her to found the Society 25 years ago. Midelfort, a founding member, was one of the first social workers to publish on psychosocial issues in transplantation. The Society has grown to include social workers from all solid organ groups and from four different continents. Members continue to embrace the opportunities for professional development and connection offered by STSW in order to serve patients and their families better.


Past Award Winners

Lee Suszycki Award Winners
1992Judy Midelfort
1993Ann Woodbury
1994Sharon Thompson
1995Linda Hutkin Slade
1996Kate Vos and Barbara Levine
1997Cina Robertson
1998Kay Kendall
1999Jane Harrison
2000Ilene Gelman
2001Margot Stouse
2002Sharon Levin
2003Toronto & Arizona Planning Committees
2004Jennifer Manolis
2005Anne Lawler
2006Deb Mayor
2007Geri Etringer
2008Sandy McMath
2009Phyllis McFarland
2010Carol Winetroub
2011Julie LaMantia
2012Mary Beth Callahan
2013Janet Stevenson
2014Annette Humberson
2015Beth Mosele
2016Mary Fisher
Judy Midelfort Award Winners
1992
1993
1994
1995Will Crowder
1996Wayne Paris
1997Jane Bright
1998Sandy McMath
1999Mike Cervantes
2000Deb Gordon/Rachel Diness
2001Sandy Notheger
2002Linda Wright
2003Toronto & Arizona Planning Committees
2004Mary Freeman
2005Tim Williams
2006Laurie McDonald
2007Charles Thomas
2008Nina Schroder
2009Barrett Gray
2010Jan Hart
2011Laurie Shore
2012Nancy Arnold
2013Noelle Dimitri
2014Dawn Temple
2015Pat Voorhes
2016Molly Dugan

 

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