HIMSS Honors Healthcare Caregivers for Compassionate Care

The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, presented by HIMSS North America, honors two recipients at the HIMSS Awards Gala during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

CHICAGO (February 20, 2017) – For the first time, HIMSS honors two recipients with the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, presented by HIMSS North America. They are: Deborah H. Dahl, BSE, MBA, FACHE, and David Weingard, both chosen for their practice of high-touch/high-tech care. 

The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award was established in England in 2014 by Dr. Kate Granger, an English doctor who dedicated her life to raising awareness around compassion in healthcare. In 2011, while working as a junior doctor in a British hospital, 29-year old Dr. Granger learned she had terminal cancer. She spent the remaining five years of her life raising awareness around compassion in healthcare, and sadly, she died in July 2016. With the support of HIMSS and her widower Chris Pointon, the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award comes to North America at HIMSS17; the European awards will be announced during eHealth Week May 10-12 in Malta.

“From their personal experiences, our recipients of the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards, presented by North America, leverage people, process and technology to improve patient outcomes and ensure that patients receive high-touch care,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “Putting the patient first while providing care is an absolute necessity, especially in an age where IT is increasingly recognized as a pivotal tool to improve quality, safety cost-effectiveness and access to care.” 

Deborah Dahl, as vice president of patient care innovation, Banner Health, brings together diverse teams to scan, select and implement innovative clinical strategies, such as telehealth services, safe surgery and one of the largest simulation medical centers in the world. She has been a prominent spokesperson for the benefits of telehealth. For more than 10 years, she leads these efforts in telehealth services at Banner Health, with her focus on patient safety and quality care at the 26 Banner Health hospitals in six states. In addition, Dahl serves as a global ambassador for telehealth with the Banner Health telehealth team available to engage with contingents of providers visiting from North America, Europe, Asia and other locations throughout the world.   

“Deborah is a respected health IT patient care innovation leader that consistently delivers advanced level of care to patients that need it most,” said Jason Bickford, president-elect, of the Arizona Chapter of HIMSS, in his recommendation letter for Dahl’s nomination. “She is a recognized industry leader for her innovation, implementation and promotion of care through telehealth at Banner Health.”

David Weingard is an entrepreneur who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 36 and left Microsoft to found Fit4D. A veteran of triathlons races, he committed to rebuilding his life and providing positive energy to the diabetes community, while dealing with this chronic disease. He gradually learned how to successfully race with diabetes, and within a year, completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Through races, Weingard has fundraised extensively on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). As a JDRF national “Hero,” he has traveled across the US speaking to people with diabetes to empower and give them hope. His experience receiving meaningful support from a certified diabetes educator sparked the idea for Fit4D to improve adherence and health outcomes for pharmaceutical, payer and provider organizations by scaling clinician reach. Helping people with diabetes is his passion.

“David is the finest example of a strong leader and entrepreneur – someone who doesn’t just inspire, but leads with passion and commitment, inspiration,” said Steven Krein, CEO and cofounder StartUp Health, in the nomination submitted on behalf of Weingard.

Honored at HIMSS Awards Gala: Dahl and Weingard, with all of the 2016 HIMSS Scholarship and Award recipients, will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during HIMSS17, from Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 

Tickets for the HIMSS Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or by calling 1.866.710.0769 for more information.

Learn more about all of the 2016 HIMSS awards and scholarship recipients

About HIMSS North America 


HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

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