HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and hospital leadership congratulated the 2019 recipients of the Drs. Salil K. and Vandana Gupta Family Endowment Excellence Awards.
Donna Meyers, MSN, RN, (left) director of Mission Integration and Peggy Boron, RNC-OB, (right) a staff nurse and educator from the Women and Infants Center were selected to receive the award.
The endowment and awards were established through the generosity of the Gupta family to annually recognize two St. Elizabeth’s Hospital colleagues who exhibit a clear commitment to the mission, vision and values of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Award recipients were nominated by their peers and then selected through a blind review process by committee.
Meyers and Boron were selected because of their outstanding commitment to St. Elizabeth’s core values of Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy, as well as their notable support of the Franciscan mission of Hospital Sisters Health System.
“I am both privileged and humbled to receive this award,” said Meyers, of O’Fallon. “I had the honor of knowing Dr. Gupta while he was on staff at St. Elizabeth’s and he was a wonderful role model who lived the mission and commitment of our Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. It is an honor to be recognized by Dr. Gupta and the endowment excellence award.”
Dr. Salil Gupta was on the medical staff at St. Elizabeth’s for over 20 years. He was instrumental in growing the neonatal/intermediate care nursery and protocols to elevate the care offered to premature babies delivered at the hospital.
Boron, of Belleville, who has worked in St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center for over 40 years, shared she has always had a passion for working in OB.
She said, “I am honored to be recognized for the work that I do in the Women and Infants Center, and I am especially honored to be recognized by Dr. Gupta. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Gupta during his time at St. Elizabeth’s and I learned so much from him. I greatly respect his professionalism and knowledge, which makes receiving this award very special.”
To honor the Guptas’ wishes, one colleague serving in a management position and a second colleague who specifically works in the Women and Infants Center are nominated and honored with this award annually.