2010 Commitment to Excellence Award Winners

Over the last year, many areas of the University were asked to address difficult public health issues across campus, including a local meningitis outbreak and the H1N1 influenza virus. Last spring, a Penn Pandemic Incident Management Team (IMT) comprised of members from the Provost’s Office, Office of University Life, Human Resources, Student Health, UPHS, Environmental Health and Safety and other departments gathered in order to tackle these problems. They responded to a cluster of suspected meningitis cases among students on campus by ensuring the effective treatment of individuals with suspected or confirmed meningitis and arranging extraordinary mass preventative antibiotic clinics for nearly 4,000 Penn students.

In response to the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, the Pandemic IMT was asked to expand to include various Penn administrators and faculty members and challenged to develop a plan to respond to a flu pandemic should circumstances warrant University action. This cross-campus group used their experience from the meningitis outbreak to develop a comprehensive plan. Many aspects of this plan have already been implemented, including education, treatment, surveillance, and communication initiatives. The strategic efforts of the Pandemic IMT also allowed for the execution of mass vaccination clinics for faculty, staff and students. More than 10,000 members of the Penn community were vaccinated in accordance with the priority guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Philadelphia Department of Health.

In acknowledgement of the Pandemic IMT’s exceptional leadership throughout their pandemic planning efforts and their outstanding commitment to excellence and public health in the face of extraordinary, unprecedented conditions, we are very pleased to award these staff members with Commitment to Excellence recognition. They will be recognized at the Models of Excellence Ceremony on April 6 and honored at a separate event in mid-April.

Dr. Amy Behrman
Penn Medicine
Tom Hauber
University Life
Dr. Nicole Otto
University Life
Douglas Berger
Business Services
Phyllis Holtzman
University Communications
Lisa Payakovich
University Life
Dr. P .J. Brennan
Penn Medicine
Lisa Keogh
University Life
Janet Plantan
Office of the Executive Vice President
Leo Charney
Provost’s Office
Dr. Max King
University Life
Dr. Thomas Reda
University Life
Jeanne F. Curtis
Information Systems & Computing
Marilyn Kraut
Human Resources
Terri Ryan
Human Resources
Dr. Betsy Datner
Penn Medicine
Trevor Lewis
Office of the Provost
Sharon Smith
University Life
Benjamin Evans
Finance
Kevin Mahoney
Penn Medicine
Suzanne M. Smith
Human Resources
Deputy Chief Michael Fink
Public Safety
Sharon McMullen
University Life
Mary Spada
University Life
Matthew Finucane
Environmental Health & Radiation Safety
Steve Minicola
University Communications
Gary Truhlar
Human Resources
Dr. Neil Fishman
Penn Medicine
Dr. Ajay Nair
University Life
Matt Waller
University Life
Dr. Anita Gelburd
Information Systems & Computing
Dr. Rob Nelson
Office of the Provost
Dr. Evelyn Wiener
University Life
Mary Guagenti
University Life
Kenneth Ogawa
Facilities and Real Estate Services