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EvergreenHealth medical staff honored at annual gathering

Three medical staff were nominated by their peers and received awards.

  • Friday, May 4, 2018 2:56pm
  • Life

EvergreenHealth physicians, providers and leadership gathered recently for the organization’s annual Medical Staff Meeting and Physician Appreciation Dinner, where the medical staff also recognized three outstanding individuals for their exemplary dedication to the organization, their colleagues and the community.

Winners of the EvergreenHealth medical staff awards are nominated by their peers and selected by EvergreenHealth’s medical leadership. This year, awards were presented to Dr. David Likosky, executive director of EvergreenHealth’s Neuroscience Institute and Hospitalists group; Dr. Gregory Norling, an orthopedic surgeon; and EvergreenHealth Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President Nancee Hofmeister, MSN, RN, NE-BC.

Dr. Likosky received the Leadership & Innovation Award for supporting the growth of the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute, as well as for his leadership in founding the first nationally recognized Neurohospitalist Society. According to Dr. Tony Yen, who presented Dr. Likosky with his award, Dr. Likosky leads by knitting together key individuals and groups to create organizations whose joint forces accomplish incredible achievements. His leadership stems from his sense of purpose and is inextricably linked to his sense of humor.

Dr. Gregory Norling accepted the Physician Excellence Award, honoring his remarkable dedication and performance as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Norling’s peers refer to him as a “Doctor’s Doctor,” says colleague Dr. Francis Riedo, and they admire him for his ability to listen carefully and serve as a true partner to each of his patients and their families. He also serves as a mentor to colleagues, willing to step into difficult situations with the experience and confidence that comes with careful training and a lifetime of learning and practice.

The Medical Staff Officer’s Award was presented to Chief Nursing Officer Nancee Hofmeister, MSN, RN, NE-BC for her superb work ethic and support for her colleagues. According to Dr. Bob Geise, Hofmeister always has valuable words of advice to offer anyone who seeks her counsel, compassion or expertise gained from many years of service to patients. Her commitment and advocacy for staff and patients alike helps to elevate the quality and safety of the care patients receive at EvergreenHealth.

“Each year, we are honored to celebrate our medical staff with a Physician Appreciation Dinner, but one night of recognition cannot possibly reflect our level of appreciation for all that these physicians do each day within the walls of EvergreenHealth,” said Bob Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth in a press release. “As an organization, our top priority is to deliver the highest quality care and service to advance the health of the community. Our extraordinary providers are the center of that effort.”

EvergreenHealth is committed to meeting the evolving needs of its growing community with thoughtful expansions and facility upgrades to provide the safest environment for patients and staff. The health system is currently in the second phase of its Master Facility Plan, which includes critical infrastructure enhancements to the Kirkland campus. Learn more at

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