UHS honored at UWPD awards ceremony
University Health Services (UHS) received a Community Service Commendation Award on April 18 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department (UWPD) for their work in the fall 2016 Meningitis B Vaccination Clinics. RecSports was also honored with a Community Service Condemnation Award for providing the space, equipment, and supplies for the vaccination clinic.
The ceremony honored UWPD staff, as well as campus and community partners, who contribute to keeping the UW-Madison campus community safe.
“We recognize colleagues and partners for their extraordinary work and going ‘above and beyond’ in the name of safety,” says Marc Lovicott of the UW-Madison Police Department. “We take great pride in recognizing those outside of our agency who work tirelessly alongside UWPD in promoting safety and security on the UW-Madison campus."
Jen Baird and Joel Malak, nurse managers at UHS, accepted the Community Service Commendation Award on behalf of UHS for their leadership on the Meningitis B vaccination clinic point of dispensary, or POD. Baird and Malak facilitated vaccine supply alongside leaders from the State Health Department, coordinated staffing, oversaw daily operations, and facilitated efficiency changes as necessary.
“This award represents the hard work of so many individuals from within UHS and in the campus, Madison, and Wisconsin community,” says Baird. “I am truly amazed by the commitment of this campus and how the community came together to fill a need when it arose.”
Val Donovan, the suicide prevention coordinator at UHS, was also recognized at the ceremony. Donovan and UWPD Officer Barrett Erwin received a Chief’s Award for their successful implementation of a suicide prevention training in the Bradley Learning Community. The program taught students to recognize signs of distress, respond to concerns, and raised awareness of various free mental health services on campus.
“Officer Erwin and I encouraged checking-in with and supporting peers, and increased awareness of mental health issues and resources,” says Donovan. “I feel grateful to have UWPD and University Housing as partners.”
“We are incredibly proud of the dedication of our staff and campus partners,” says Dr. Sarah Van Orman, Executive Director of UHS. “This would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our staff, campus partners, and student body.”
Written by Gina Nerone, UHS Web and Communications Assistant