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Editor’s Note: Honoring Healthcare HR

Giving and getting recognition is equally powerful. In our last issue, I shared how HRO Today was recognized with a 2022 Tabbie Award and it still feels great to say it! And in September, at our annual People in Healthcare Conference, I had the honor of presenting our “Front of the Front Line Awards” to three very deserving individuals. These awards recognize the hard work of HR executives in the healthcare field. These leaders faced numerous challenges over the last few years and rose to the occasion by implementing programs that continue to keep healthcare workers safe and engaged. 

This year’s winners include:  

Front of Front Line Award for Mid-Tier System Winner

Tonya Hampton, chief people and culture officer, Hennepin Healthcare

Hampton truly transformed HR into a strategic function by redefining company culture, driving DE&I strategy, and boosting productivity. The results of these efforts improved diversity representation by 37% and saved the healthcare system millions in 2022 through her workforce capacity and productivity margin improvement initiative.

Front of the Front Line Award for Large System Winner

Keyantee’ Davis, regional VP and chief HR officer, Trinity Health Michigan

In 2021, Davis drove change to support company culture, morale, operations, and long-term financial health. For example, new recruitment and retention strategies resulted in 10,000 filled positions, including 6,000 external hires and 4,000 internal placements. Her workforce development programs also promoted diversity and equity, and grew wages by $1 million over two years. 

Front of the Front Line Award for Talent Acquisition Team of the Year Winner

David Crawford, VP of talent acquisition, New York Presbyterian 

The winning team got innovative with their recruiting strategies to attract and hire more talent than ever before. They partnered with RPOs to supplement the TA team; hosted virtual hiring events that yielded 67% attendance rates; launched a boomerang strategy to win back alumni; and improved internal talent mobility. 

Congratulations again to these innovative individuals.

Until next time,


VP/Editorial Director

Tags: Editor's Note, October 2022

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