Title: Director of Information Technology
Organization: Wilmington Health
What a nominator said: “Drew Haygood keeps the digital wheels turning at Wilmington Health. His leadership over our IT infrastructure has transformed our organization into a modern, innovative, and nimble healthcare system. Sure, Drew leads a team, makes sure our IT is top notch and secure, but he also does a lot more. During a hurricane, or any possibility of power loss, Drew would leave his family and sleep in our data center to be at-the-ready to keep us online as long as possible or get us back online quickly. Because of this sacrifice, we can be equipped to access patient information in our EHR quicker than many providers. After Hurricane Florence, Drew made it his personal mission to completely change our system to protect us in the line of hurricanes.
“In 2021, Drew led the team that moved the primary Data Center to a remote location inland to improve the system and mitigate possible damage and power outages. Since this move, he has proven a true Hero as we’ve lost power but can still access patient charts online. …”
– Alexis Hunter, community liaison, Wilmington Health
Title: President and CEO
Organization: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
What a nominator said: “Gwen Whitley has spent over 35 years in healthcare in the greater Wilmington area, moving through the nursing ranks and eventually becoming President and CEO of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (LCFL) in 2016. As one of only three executives in the history of the organization, Gwen can, and should, be credited with much of the organization’s tremendous success, especially recently. It is largely because of her vision, her leadership and her passion for helping people, that LCFL has become the gold standard for hospice and palliative care agencies.”
In addition to overseeing agency accomplishments, “Gwen Whitley’s healthcare impact and eventual legacy will be so much more than just what she has accomplished in the fields of hospice and palliative care. … A caregiver for someone living with cognitive decline herself, Gwen has been instrumental in helping LCFL create and implement Memory Partners, a consultative program that provides free assessments, information, education and resources to families also on the dementia journey.”
– Eric Walker, vice president of sales, marketing and community engagement, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
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