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Employees Awarded 2022 Advancement for Clinical Excellence (ACE)

October 24, 2022

Hospital for Special Care recognized twenty-seven individuals from across the organization as Advancement for Clinical Excellence (ACE) Awardees. Nurses, and respiratory, physical, occupational, speech & language, and recreation therapists were recognized for progressing up the clinical ladder; completing the education, certification, skill growth and more in each stage.

The Clinical Ladders Growth Program encourages opportunities for professional growth and development to support clinical skill enhancement and career advancement at Hospital for Special Care. Clinical staff engage in various initiatives and projects, including mentorship, skill advancement, certification, and procedure implementation. Individuals in all stages of their career can join the program and participate in advancement opportunities. The program aims to recognize clinical staff’s contributions to patient care and their respective professions.

The following individuals were recognized this year:

Respiratory Care:
Level 2

Dennis Morris, RRT

Level 3

Michael Barros, RRT

Keturah Best, RRT

Joline Farris, RRT

Chris Rivard, RRT

Samantha Sowik, RRT

Kristin Toscano, RRT

Christine Vogt, RRT


Level 2

Lynette Griffin, RN

Simone Rendon-Lutz, RN

Rachel Veronesi, RN

Monika Wszeborowski, RN

Level 3

Shannon Balthrope, RN

Victoria Deckert, RN

Sue Terni, RN

Level 4

Marianna Heath, RN


Outpatient Therapy:
Level 2

Carolyn Brown, OTD OTR/L CLT

Stephanie Gardner, DPT

Rachel Kilburn, PT DPT ATC

Robin Tripp, MS OTR/L CFE

Level 3

Patricia Parker, PT DPT

Erika Sturgis, MOT

Dorothy Villano, PT DPT

Kim Winter, MA, CCC-SLP


Inpatient Therapy:
Level 2

Yuliya Metelitsa-Moss, MS, CCC-SLP

Level 3

Allison Gallaher, MS, CCC-SLP

Kylee Warden, MSOL, CTRS


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