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Employee Recognition Program

Nominate those who have made a difference in your experience at UI Health. UI Health has hundreds of amazing employees, physicians, and residents who are worthy of being recognized. The Employee Recognition Program consist of different types of recognition. Below are the details and criteria for each category.

Shout-out Card (login required)
Peer-to-peer recognition to say thank you. Print the Shout-out Cards (login required) and present to someone who you think is deserving.

Thank-you Note
Recipients will receive an email from the Employee Recognition Team thanking them for a job well done. This award requires completion of the Employee Recognition Nomination Form.


CARE Award

Thank You for Caring Care Awards LogoRecipients will receive a surprise visit from the Employee Recognition Team and be awarded special prizes. This award requires completion of the Employee Recognition Nomination Form. The criteria for a CARE Award include:

  • Demonstrates the core values of UI Health: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence
  • Displays a job performance that goes beyond expected performance levels
  • Exhibits a patient-first mentality
  • Is motivated and strives for excellence
  • Contributes to the positive culture in the department and organization
  • Has made a difference in the life of a patient, visitor, or peer

Click here to see recent award winners


Employee/Physician/Resident Class Act Award

Recipients will be recognized at the Class Act Award Ceremony. The person who nominated the individual will be invited, in addition to members of the recipient's team. Their nomination will be read, and the award will be presented by leadership. All winners of a Class Act Award will be entered for the chance to win the Employee of the Year Award. This award requires completion of the Employee Recognition Nomination Form. The criteria for a Class Act Award include:

  • Personifies the core values of UI Health: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence
  • Puts the patient first in all encounters and consistently contributes to the delivery of world-class patient care
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Collaborates with others across all areas to provide excellent patient care and service delivery
  • Supports all UI Health clinic and/or department initiatives
  • Shares and provides relevant, timely, and accurate information, and communicates with clarity and courtesy
  • Fosters an environment that encourages respect, integrity, fairness, and diversity
  • Recognizes others for their contributions to UI Health
  • Is respected by their peers

Please take a moment to nominate someone who you feel is fits the criteria listed. Be as detailed as possible and provide specific examples of how they uphold the CARE behaviors and contribute to the UI Health as an organization.


Joe Abraham AwardJoseph V. Abraham Leadership Award

Established in 2021, in recognition of Joseph V. Abraham's retirement, this leadership award honors Joe's work and 31 years of service at UI Health in Imaging and Diagnostic Services. This award is meant to motivate hospital staff to pursue leadership opportunities in Imaging and Diagnostic Services at UI Health, including pursing higher education, and accepting promotions when the opportunity arises. An award memento and a monetary award will be given to one recipient each year. Nominations will be accepted starting spring 2022. The criteria include:

  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership and has at least 3 years and not more than 10 years of experience in the unit; preference will be given to employees in Imaging & Diagnostic Services
  • Personifies core values of UI Health: Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence
  • Puts the patient first in all encounters; consistently contributes to the delivery of world-class patient care in Imaging & Diagnostic Services
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Collaborates with others across all areas to provide excellent patient care and service delivery
  • Supports all UI Health and Imaging & Diagnostic Services initiatives
  • Shares and provides relevant, timely and accurate information; communicates with clarity and courtesy
  • Fosters an environment that encourages respect, integrity, fairness, and diversity
  • Recognizes others for their contributions to UI Health
  • Is respected by their peers