Cancer and Hematology Centers honor staff with Bravo Award

Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers recently honored six team members with the Bravo Award for going above and beyond to ensure our patients and families receive the best possible care.

The award is handed out quarterly and recognizes nurses and other professional staff in the Cancer and Hematology Centers for outstanding performance. Anyone within the Texas Children’s system may nominate a member of the cancer and hematology teams for this award. The team’s clinic leadership will select the winners.

Last quarter’s winners of the Bravo Award were:

David Butler, Unit Operations Coordinator for the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Program. David’s dedication to ensuring patient care supplies are available in the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic and throughout our Centers is legendary. He is a dedicated team member with excellent interpersonal skills who works well with everyone. David recently initiated a trial of new pulse oximeters for the BMT clinic that is anticipated to result in successful cost-savings for this equipment.

Sarah Herbek, Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator. Sarah is an exemplary example of patience and care for everyone with whom she interacts. She is recognized specifically for her interactions with a patient going through end-of-life care. She had a profound impact in helping the patient, the family and our staff deal with their grief at a time that they needed it most.

Brandi Horvath, Nurse. Brandi is a wonderful bedside nurse who demonstrates outstanding care and compassion in her interactions with patients and families. Her communication with team physicians provides a valuable perspective that advocates for her patients. She serves admirably as a charge nurse by guiding patient care for the entire floor and mentoring junior nurses.

Claudia Perez, Leukemia Nurse Coordinator. Claudia is “an absolute joy to work with” and has an “amazing positive attitude, outstanding clinical judgement and a phenomenal rapport with patients and families.” Physicians and APP’s know they can rely on her 100 percent to complete tasks. Her collaborative relationships with staff throughout the clinic are highly valued.

Jessica Shannon, Chaplain. Jessica proactively joined the Hematology-Oncology team when Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands opened, identifying patients in our special population with the most pressing needs and regularly attending to those. Her presence at team meetings adds immeasurably to the multi-disciplinary care we provide to families. Jessica organizes Remembrance Services, outreach and fundraising programs. Despite a busy schedule, she pursues advanced training in palliative care and lecture to her peers.

Aleida Stark, Hematology Nurse Coordinator. Aleida provides outstanding service to her hematology families and is thorough and patient in addressing their concerns. She is always available to answer questions and will do everything necessary to assist with the pharmacy 340B program. Aleida develops positive working relationships with diverse groups, including pharmacy and insurance staff, to ensure our patients receive the best care and support.