Rising Tide Awards

This peer-nominated award is a very special recognition of patient safety champions — individuals or organizations that advance patient safety within Maine through their leadership, dedication, and innovation.

About the Awards

A rising tide lifts all boats

Our award name comes from the aphorism popularized by President John F. Kennedy in a 1963 speech. This saying explains the phenomenon that occurs when individuals or organizations become natural forces to advance and spread best practices.  

Submit a Nomination by March 25, 2024!

Submit a nomination form and a brief narrative describing how your nominee demonstrates outstanding achievement and commitment to best practices in patient safety. Awards may be presented to individuals or organizations.

Past Rising Tide Award Recipients

Poppy Arford, Patient Advocate

Linda Brady, Maine Medical Center

Dustin Butler, PharmD, Northern Maine Medical Center

Kathy Day RN, Patient Advocate

Angela Dubuc, Central Maine Medical Center

Jennifer Fortin, Spectrum Generations

HealthCentric Advisors

Jack Keith MD, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Vickie Koehler, Mid Coast Hospital

Maine State Nurses Association

Becky Martins, Consumer Advocate

Donna McEachern, Lakewood Continuing Care Center

Rita Owsiak, Maine CDC

Doug Salvadore MD, Maine Medical Center

Beth Stowell RN, MEMIC

Marie Vienneau BSN, MHA, Mayo Regional Hospital

Questions about the Rising Tide Awards?

Reach out!

Contact Judy Tupper at judy.tupper@maine.edu for more information about the awards and nominations.

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