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Neurosurgery Honors Team Members Who Go the Extra Mile

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Neurosurgery Award Winners
10-14-2020

The Neurological Surgery Outstanding Service Award has taken even more meaning this year during the pandemic. The award spotlights members of the department who go above and beyond their assigned duties and who exemplify the core values of the department, including collegiality/teamwork, compassion, perseverance/commitment, and leadership.

We wish we could bestow 150 of these awards, given how many individuals went above and beyond, but we singled out three whose efforts stood out in these extraordinary months.

“John BennettJohn Bennett

John Bennett, Practice Specialist at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. As if managing an interdisciplinary care center through a global pandemic wouldn’t be difficult enough in any case, it was made especially challenging due to the absence of a Practice Manager. We were in process filling that position when the pandemic hit, and John stepped up to get the job done.

“Alvin QuitquitAlvin Quitiquit

Alvin Quitiquit, Administrative Assistant. During the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many administrative staffers gone full-time remote, Alvin reported to the office every Monday to oversee our weekly Neurovascular Conference. Alvin also volunteered to address on-site issues for remote team members, making it possible to keep our workforce safe.

“NatalieNatalie Perez

Natalie Perez, Surgical Coordinator. Natalie assumed the role of a lead surgical coordinator during a staffing shortage during the pandemic. In addition to managing the surgical scheduling of one of our neurosurgeons, she covered several additional providers and trained new hires.

Nominations are open for the next recipient of the Neurological Surgery Outstanding Service Award. Please fill out the online form to nominate.