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Five physicians recognized for outstanding work

Bolingbrook – The Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital administration recently recognized five physicians for going above and beyond their normal duties to live out the hospital’s mission. Nominations were submitted by hospital employees, allied health professionals and physicians on staff at the hospital. The physicians were recognized at the hospital’s first all-medical staff meeting Oct. 1.


“With so many excellent nominees, we found it difficult to choose just five physicians who embody our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ,” said Rick Mace, chief executive officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “These five physicians truly represent the support of the employee family at the hospital because of their commitment to purpose and quality.”


Dr. Ravi Yalamanchi, an internal medicine specialist in practice since 2004, earned the Integrity Award for earning the trust and respect of his patients and other healthcare professionals. It was also noted that Yalamanchi made preserving patients’ dignity and maintaining their confidentiality a priority while communicating honestly with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals. Yalamanchi lives in Chicago.


“Dr. Yalamanchi always spends time with patients and families explaining their care plan and test results and answering all their questions and concerns,” an employee wrote in his nominating petition. “He also answers pages immediately and addresses patient issues right away.”


Dr. Michael Ragland, an ob/gyn in practice since 1988, earned the Christian Service Award for consistently placing the service of others above himself and treating others as he would want to be treated. Ragland, who serves as section vice-chairman of the obstetrics/gynecology department, is attentive to the needs of patients, families and other healthcare professionals, his colleagues said. Ragland lives in Bolingbrook.


Dr. Dominick Stella, an interventional cardiologist in practice since 2003 and director of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory/vascular laboratory, earned the Excellence Award. This honor is bestowed upon physicians who embrace a philosophy of excellence in the area of physician development, clinical quality, patient satisfaction, clinical research, and outstanding achievement in their specialty. Stella lives in the Bolingbrook area.


Dr. Inderjit “Nikki” Hansra-Godfrey, a pulmonary disease specialist in practice since 2007, received the Stewardship Award, which honors physicians who have embraced a challenge and succeeded in improving patient care while reducing costs, eliminating unnecessary work or otherwise simplifying the work process. A colleague who nominated her noted Hansra-Godfrey’s “no-nonsense style” and “passion for the field” of medicine. Hansra-Godfrey lives in Naperville.


“The fact that there have been no central line blood stream infections in our intensive care unit … is the result of a disciplined team markedly influenced by Dr. Hansra,” the nominator wrote.


Dr. Anthony Bell, a neonatologist in practice since 1994, was honored with the Inclusiveness Award for placing a collaborative spirit toward a common goal above individual needs and desires. Bell, who serves as physician chairman of the hospital’s women’s and children’s services department, is known for actively participating in multi-disciplinary teams, taking on the responsibility of encouraging other physicians’ participation and effectively communicating and working toward resolution of issues. Bell lives in Downers Grove.


“On a daily basis, these physicians live out our values of integrity, Christian Service, excellence, stewardship, and inclusiveness,” said Kathy Mitchell, chief nursing officer. “Their commitment to compassionate care shines throughout our hospital and the local community.”