Professionals on the move - May 29, 2016

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • May 29, 2016

Methodist Hospitals has named Dr. Vincent Sevier vice president and chief quality officer. He comes to Methodist from OSF St Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, where he served as vice chief and associate medical director in charge of improving the patient experience and quality of care in the emergency department. Dr. Sevier holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Michael Drazer, MD, a Porter County native from Hebron, has received a prestigious Damon Runyon cancer research award. He is a fellow working at the University of Chicago in Hematology/Oncology. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides scientists with funding to pursue innovative research. Twelve scientists supported by the Foundation have received the Nobel Prize.

Porter Health Care System has named Janelle Miller as the hospital’s new manager of the Medical Surgical Department. She has been interim manager since August 2015 and has experience as evening house supervisor and as a charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Miller received her associate degree in Nursing from Vincennes University and is pursuing her bachelor’s.

Cherie Myers has joined RSA, a local software company, as vice president of client services. Myers will bring her experience serving a wide variety of clients to the firm, which provides project management, keyword marketing and survey technology.

St. Mary Medical Center has recognized Dee Bedella, of Hobart, with its STAR Employee of the Year award. Bedella, the hospital’s patient advocate, was recognized for her commitment to improving the patient experience, her compassionate attitude and her empathy for patients and their families.

Jim and Michelle Alex received FirstLight Home Care’s 2016 Franchisee of the Year award. FirstLight caregivers provide personal and companion care services to seniors and others in Northwest Indiana. Their Valparaiso franchise was selected for the award from among 110 FirstLight locations and was one of only three offices nationwide to receive the honor.