Providence Hospital Awards

Peggy King, Providence Community and Foundation board member, receives the 2016 Community Member of Merit Award from Providence Centralia Site Administrator Jill Cooper, along with medical staff President Dr. Elisha Mvundura, left, and medical ataff Immediate Past President Dr. Mark Nishiyama, second from left.

The Providence Centralia Hospital medical staff, along with the Community and Foundation boards, met to honor members of the community, physician and hospital staff Dec. 15.

The Physician/Community/Hospital Employee Excellence Award of Merit is given annually to recognize:

• A member of the medical staff at Providence Centralia who participates actively and continuously in community service

• A community member who contributes to the hospital, its medical staff and the community in an outstanding way

• A hospital employee who has made an impact on the medical staff

• A hospital staff member who represents the healing side of the ministry

The awards were presented to:

Dr. Robert Hehn — 2016 Annual Physician Excellence

Award of Merit

Dr. Hehn joined the medical staff at Providence Centralia Hospital in August 2010.

He brought with him the wisdom of his years of experience in the field of urology. When he came to Lewis County, he was the lone urologist in the community.

In the six years that he has been in this community, the hospital has come to count on him for his steady and unwavering commitment to its patients and community.

Peggy King — 2016 Community Member of Merit Award

Peggy King holds the distinction of currently serving as a member of both the Providence Centralia Community Ministry Board and the Providence Foundation Board. She brings invaluable financial expertise to both boards with her background in financial services. She is an assistant vice president/division manager for TwinStar Credit Union.  

As the chairman of the Credentials Committee, Dr. Mark Nishiyama noted that he has been impressed by the dedication King has shown in not only attending the monthly 7 a.m. meetings but also taking part in the discussions and giving the Community Board’s perspective.  

Wanda Steinhorst, RN — 2016 Hospital Employee Excellence Award

Wanda has worked at Providence Centralia for many years, the past six-plus in the Quality Department but prior to that as a nurse in the Rehab Unit. Her hands-on experience as a nurse and her attention to detail and organizational skills made her exceptional in her role as the quality management coordinator.

Under her guidance, the hospital’s physician and provider peer review program became a model that is the envy of other Providence facilities.  As the coordinator for the medical staff’s Professional Practice Evaluation Committee, Wanda was responsible for conducting quality reviews to identify cases of exemplary care as well as cases where the process or protocol might not have been followed.

Callie Luond, RN — 2016 Spirit of Caring Award

Callie works as an OR circulator and a private scrub for the Centralia Women’s Center. She started out as a nurse in Centralia Women’s Clinic.

As an employee, she just gives and gives and never complains.  She’s seemingly tireless and endlessly cheerful. The other nurses both respect and enjoy working with her.

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