“Most Valuable Players” help improve care for all

MVP Awards honor those who help others

Capella Healthcare’s MVP Award was created in 2015 to recognize hospital leaders who’ve given their time and expertise to assist their sister facilities and Capella colleagues, resulting in better care for our patients, communities and workforce.

For their willingness to share their knowledge, and their success in coaching, leading and serving others in our Capella family, the following individuals have been recognized with our “Most Valuable Player” award.

Fall 2015 Honorees


Carla Galbraith, Infection Preventionist at Willamette Valley Medical Center (OR), has long been the informal leader among the Infection Preventionists throughout the Capella family. She is self-motivated to share her knowledge on National Healthcare Safety Network requirements, develop new formats for reports, and to offer solutions for Meditech 6.0 issues. She has provided invaluable assistance to our corporate resource team and sister hospitals. Carla retired in October after serving at WVMC for almost 15 years.

Robert Gates, Lab Manager for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (AR), represents Capella at the system level on The Joint Commission’s Laboratory Advisory Council. He joins other healthcare system representatives who meet with The Joint Commission staff on a regular basis to vet new standards, understand how those standards affect the lab personnel, and then share them with Capella’s staff. He is always willing to develop a form or a tool or provide other guidance and coaching in an effort to assist his peers.

Karl Kamper, Lab Director at Willamette Valley Medical Center (OR), has been the lab resource for Capella’s hospitals with labs that are accredited by the College of American Pathologists. He led his own lab through a very successful survey last year, achieving NO deficiencies. Then he served as an on-site consultant for our two of Capela’s other hospital labs as they prepped for their surveys. That collaborative work achieved excellent results. Servant leadership is his standard approach.

Ginger Sutliff, Medical Staff Coordinator for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (AR), has long been helpful to her peers with issues about medical staff credentialing processes, particularly as it relates to the software tool that Capella’s hospitals utilize called “MD Staff.” She recently stepped up to serve as “system administrator” for MD Staff, granting new users access, providing training, and addressing IT issues or projects from the field. She always challenges others to use the system to its fullest potential in an effort to move from the paper world into the electronic one.


To nominate a Capella colleague for an MVP Award, email the following information to [email protected]

  • Their Name, Title and Hospital
  • Your Contact Information
  • Why they should be recognized / how they’ve helped other Capella facilities and/or colleagues