The best of the best!

Heike Bucken
Heike Bucken

Keeva Russell
Keeva Russell

Once a year, Sarasota Memorial selects a special employee and a manager from the health system’s nearly 4,000-member workforce as the EXCEL Employee and Leader of the Year.

This year’s Employee of the Year is Heike Bucken, an RN on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. An employee since 1985, Heike is a wonderful resource and natural leader who has made invaluable contributions to the care of fragile newborns over the years.

Co-workers also describe Heike as a highly effective communicator whose exceptional skills and knowledge base have served the unit well during many critical situations.

As one colleague sums up, “Heike is always upbeat and energetic. She gives our babies and families outstanding care. She is truly a joy to work with!”

Sarasota Memorial also honors a manager or director who demonstrates exceptional excellence in leadership. This year’s honoree is Keeva Russell, a manager in Health Information Management who’s been a member of the Sarasota Memorial team since 2011.

Co-workers describe Keeva as an outstanding role model who creates a positive working environment while setting high performance standards.

“Keeva is a leader with a heart,” said an admiring colleague.

Congratulations to both honorees!

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