Congratulations to the following individuals who have been recognized with the John R. Pettit Endowed Leadership Award for their excellence in an administrative role at UW Medicine.
Cindy Sayre, PhD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Sayre has worked for UW Medicine for 21 years, emerging as a leader in nursing education and nursing practice at UW Medicine. She has served as Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator of Patient Care Services at UWMC since 2017. Her nominations emphasized Dr. Sayre’s warm and authentic demeanor, and her dedication to encouraging, challenging, and listening to fellow nurses. They applauded her for being an anchor throughout the pandemic and maintaining a compassionate, joyful and persevering presence in this challenging time.
As Dr. Sayre says, “it continues to be an absolute honor to serve the exemplary teams at UWMC. The pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges which we have faced. The strength of our commitment to and love for our patients and each other has allowed us to care for our community when we were needed the most. I have the utmost respect for every UW Medicine team member and I am so proud of the work we do.”
Susan K. Peterson
Director of Academic Appointments and Compensation
Susan has worked for UW Medicine for over 37 years, moving progressively into key leadership roles and taking on increased responsibilities to advance the UW Medicine mission. Her current role involves working closely with leadership and teams to navigate academic personnel policies and processes. Those who nominated her referenced her creative problem-solving and meticulous preparation as well as her steady, pleasant, dedicated, unassuming and rock-solid nature that make her the model of professionalism in her interactions with everyone.
“It is a privilege to serve in UW Medicine where we are dedicated to improving the health of the public,” said Susan. “Behind the tremendous accomplishments are the employees who support the fruition of great work. Regardless of who we are and which role we hold, each is important in bringing new and diverse ideas for positive changes. Together, we are better!”
Barbara Van Ess
Director of Personnel Policy
Barbara has worked for UW Medicine for nearly 20 years, helping guide leadership in a wide, and often challenging, spectrum of personnel issues at UW Medicine. Those who nominated her referenced her diligence, discretion, thoughtfulness, objectivity, warmth and how her voice is one that others trust and listen to.
Barbara says, “I am fortunate to work with leaders who consistently want to do the right thing, often in complex matters where there may be many objectives and no immediately clear path. It is rewarding to work together from a position of trust. During this particularly challenging time of a global pandemic, I have also been inspired by the generosity and resilience of my colleagues and leaders in UW Medicine, and their willingness to continue to adapt as circumstances and requirements change.”
Director, Health Sciences and UW Medicine Risk Management
Manager, UW Medicine Coordinated Quality Improvement Program Plan
Marcia has worked for UW Medicine for nearly 20 years, advancing the clinical risk management efforts, quality, safety and patient-centeredness of healthcare at UW Medicine. Those who nominated her referenced her integrity, professionalism, thoughtfulness, openness and desire to always do the right thing.
“No one wins in litigation, regardless of the financial outcome,” says Marcia. “At UW Medicine, we take a different tack — we work together to learn from our mistakes. It’s a better outcome for our patients and for all of us, too.”