Several HPDP staff members have received awards for their accomplishments in 2016.

Both Ross Babinec and Robyn Gardner, who are accounting technicians in the HPDP business office, received Peer Recognition Awards in the Rookie category and Call of Duty category, respectively. The Rookie award is given to those who have worked on campus for more than three months, but less than a year. The Call of Duty award is given to those who go well above and beyond the expectations of the job. The ceremony for the Peer Recognition Awards will be held in June.

Barbara Jones, the Business Office Manager at HPDP, stated that Ross Babinec deserves the award because, “He has been so phenomenal in his first year at UNC. He has mastered the difficulties of accounting in an academic research environment more quickly than anyone I’ve ever seen. He mentored a new employee who joined the Center a few months later – always displaying kindness and patience. He has stepped up to the plate for every special project and has served his Project Teams incredibly well.” Another source described Ross Babinec as someone who who wouldn’t strike you as being new to the job.

Robyn Gardner was also nominated by Barbara Jones because she is “one of the most knowledgeable, productive and accurate accounting techs I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She is an incredible asset to our Center – specifically to our Project Teams and our Staff. Robyn has risen above and beyond the inherent challenges in her role.” Her standout achievement was her ability to navigate through a “tangle of paperwork” that was left over from a major transition of personnel within the department.

Dr. Tom Keyserling, a principal investigator with HPDP, received the Carolina Care Excellence Award which is given annually to a select few of UNC Healthcare faculty based on their superb patient feedback. The patient feedback is assessed through the implementation of the CMS-approved Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey. Those who earned the award received a high likelihood of recommendation from their patients based on a question in the survey.

In March, Molly De Marco, PhD, Research Fellow and project director in the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. Read more here.