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CMSA Presents 2014 National Case Management Awards at Annual Conference & Expo

Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

At the Case Management Society of America’s (CMSA) 24th Annual Conference & Expo on July 17 – 20, 2014, in Cleveland, OH, the professional association presented its national awards for individuals, organizations, and chapter recipients.

Also featured at the event were special guests including Dr. Michael Anderson, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the University Hospitals; Dr. James Merlino Chief Experience Officer for Cleveland Clinic; and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. Guests spoke to attendees of innovations in patient engagement and care coordination, as well as topics of motivation and success.

Individual Awards

CMSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Margaret “Peggy” Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, Senior Vice President for Clinical Services at Hudson Health Plan, a not-for-profit managed health care organization in New York State (NYS). Peggy is often recognized for leadership qualities built through positions such as: past president and current Public Policy Committee Chair Emeritus of the Case Management Society of America; and member of the National Quality Forum Quality Research and Improvement Council, among many other positions.

CMSA’s Case Manager of the Year Award recipient is Mary Beth Newman, MSN, RN-BC, CMAC, CCP, MEP, CCM, of Loveland, Ohio. As the Ohio Care Management Liaison Director for Care Source, Newman was one of the three founders of the Southern Ohio Valley Chapter in 2005 and has provided leadership to help ensure the growth and prosperity of the chapter. Her dedication to her craft has resulted in numerous honors, awards, and special recognitions.

The 2014 Award of Service Excellence recipient is Deborah Gutteridge, MS, CBIST. Gutteridge has devoted her career to assisting those with brain and spinal cord injuries; conducting comprehensive assessments; advocating for rehabilitation services; and educating case managers, payers, other health care professionals and the public to improve outcomes for individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries. Gutteridge currently serves as the clinical evaluator and admissions coordinator for NeuroRestorative.

Organization Awards

Case Management Practice Improvement Award & Case Management Research Award

The Case Management Practice Improvement Award and Case Management Research Award recognize an individual, group or organization that uses findings from a research or quality/performance improvement (QI/PI) project for innovation in the advancement of case management practice and/or improved client outcomes. This year’s award recipients are:

  •     Case Management Practice Improvement Award: Lakewood Hospital Cleveland Clinic, accepted by Mary McLaughlin-Davis, DNP, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCM

The purpose of this project was to improve stroke education for patients in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), and consequently improve their transition to home. The team was to demonstrate the significant contribution the interprofessional team makes to patient's recovery and their ability to learn and sustain key principles of disease management.

  •     Case Management Research Award: Texas Children’s Health Plan, accepted by Janet Treadwell, RN, MSN, CCM, CPHQ, PhD

The aim of this study was to explore if a case manager led educational and experiential intervention supporting interprofessional collaboration in medical homes will positively impact perceptions of team members on interprofessional collaboration.

Chapter Awards

The CMSA Chapter Excellence and Innovation Awards recognize chapters that embody the CMSA mission to promote the growth & value of case management and to support the evolving needs of the case management professional. This year’s chapter recipients are:

  •          Conference Planning: Alamo Chapter – Case Management Society of America
  •          Educational Programming: NM Rio Grande Chapter of CMSA
  •          Membership Development: Hampton Roads Case Management Society
  •          Publishing and Promotion: The Fort Wayne Chapter of the Case Management Society of America
  •          Public Policy & Advocacy: CMSA NYC
  •          Best Use of Technology: Greater Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo Chapter of the Case Management Society of America

For information about CMSA’s Awards, visit

Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. CMSA serves more than 10,500 members, 15,000 subscribers, and 75 chapters through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and establishing standards to advance the profession. For more information, visit For follow CMSA on Twitter @CMSANational.

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