Keck Medicine of USC recently presented its 2015 Leadership Awards to a handful of department leaders whose work exemplifies the pillars of the organization.

Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, announced the award recipients during a breakfast event on Sept. 16.

The winner of the Quality Award is Kim Le, director of pharmacy and investigational drug services at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was recognized for efforts that included implementation of a USP 797-compliant sterile compounding room and process changes to enhance physician, coordinator and  patient experiences.

The People and Collaboration Award went to Susana Perese, director of noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic services at Keck Hospital of USC, who was recognized as a “truly reliable partner to any and all who work with her.” She is also credited with achieving important accreditation standards for her areas or responsibility.

Jeana Rettig, executive director of clinical marketing, received the Growth Award for her efforts to promote clinical stars and programs, as well as her capacity to make tactical recommendations that are always cost effective and impactful.

Director of Planning Andy Stringfellow received the Resource Management Award for oversight of  space planning and capital management, consistently working to instill processes that ensure space is put to the best use.

Receiving the Service and Access Award was Armin Kasravi, director of clinical applications, in recognition of his effort to keep KeckCare intact. Kasravi, who has his hand in almost every operational aspect of the health system, was also lauded for going above and beyond by providing direct support to end users while also operating at a senior level.

Henry Odell, director of anatomic pathology laboratory services, was recognized as the Rookie WOW Award recipient.

His immediate impact upon joining Keck Medicine of USC included efforts to bring his team of faculty and staff together in a way that elevates the professionalism of pathology services, improving turnaround times and report quality.  His efforts also helped to produce significant cost savings.