Works of Heart

Nominate a healthcare worker who fearlessly goes the distance for those in their care.

Works of Heart

Nominate a healthcare worker who fearlessly goes the distance for those in their care.

Recognizing those who positively impact healthcare every day.

Care isn’t delivered just at the bedside. You can spot it in places like the clinical lab, among technicians and throughout environmental services. No matter the care setting, healthcare workers play a vital role in our everyday lives.

Medline is celebrating the countless number of healthcare workers who fearlessly go the distance for those in their care. Do you know someone who’s driving inspirational acts in healthcare? Nominate them for Works of Heart and share their story today.

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Meet the Nominees.

These individuals were selected from dozens of nominations and stood out because of these qualities and characteristics…

Alexa Lean
Place of work: University of Washington School of Medicine
Location: Seattle, Washington
Anesthesiologists play a vital role in making patients feel safe. For Alexa Lean, it is a critical moment to connect, when patients may feel their most vulnerable.
“Alexa has an amazingly kind and upbeat attitude, no matter the time of day or night. She has a unique ability to connect with her patients and families that comes from genuine compassion and just a fun, smart personality,” says Emily Knipper, attending anesthesiologist, UW Medicine. “She manages to make patients, families, and colleagues laugh and smile in the midst of challenging circumstances and long days.”

Omar Kane
Place of work: Albany Medical Center
Location: Albany, New York
Whether it’s cleaning rooms or delivering meals, Omar Kane is passionate about connecting with everyone he helps as a patient support associate at Albany Medical Center in New York.
“My son did not like something on his plate and Omar noticed he wasn’t eating. He quickly addressed it and brought my son a new meal. Omar made him feel like the most important patient in the hospital.”

Katie Alvarado
Place of work: FHN
Location: Freeport, Ill.
As a leading healthcare provider in Stephenson County, Ill., FHN set up a COVID-19 mobile testing site/patient aid tent to keep the community safe. The organization needed a leader to develop protocols for the site. That’s when Katie Alvarado, director of imaging, took on the challenge.
“We needed somebody who wouldn’t see barriers, but would see opportunities and areas of improvement to initiate. We saw all that in Katie,” says Kathryn Martinez, FHN’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.
Katie’s natural ability to lead team members through change is why Martinez nominated her for the Medline “Works of Heart” program.

Two pink gloves sparked a movement.

The Pink Glove Dance fueled a global conversation about the critical need for breast cancer awareness and detection over the past 10 years. It became a rallying cry to patients and their families that they were not alone in their fight. It also celebrated the dedicated men and women on the front lines of care.

Now, Medline is building upon that passion to evolve the program to honor and recognize even more healthcare workers – no matter the disease state, day or care setting.

Works of Heart Pink Glove Dance

Who’s your healthcare inspiration?

Throughout 2020, the Medline Works of Heart program will recognize a nominated healthcare worker each month who is positively impacting patients, communities and peers through attention, compassion and dedication.

Now, we’re transforming the powerful Pink Glove Dance message to bring deeper attention to those who live fearlessly to improve care – beyond disease state, day or obstacle.

Hear how one moment sparked a lifelong career change.

Works of Heart: A resident interaction sparks a career change

Every observation counts. See how culture can empower.

Works of Heart: A small observation leads to a hospital organizational change

Nominate a healthcare worker today.

Medline is seeking out stories that highlight heroic acts both big and small that are improving healthcare in a big way. Each month in 2020, Works of Heart will recognize a nominated healthcare worker who is making healthcare run better. Medline will celebrate one overall Works of Heart program winner by making them the inspiration behind one of its 2021 collectible dolls.