Ortho GEM HeaderThe Department of Orthopaedic Surgery prides itself on how our employees embody the mission and vision of UAB. Oftentimes, our employees "go the extra mile" to for their patients and colleagues. Below are many of our Ortho GEMs. 

 

July

Ashley Williamson

"Ashley has gone well above and beyond her job duties and has been working tirelessly with the World Games to prep, manage, and disseminate information for all medical providers and venues for both UAB and all others collaborating medical practices. She had done all of this while still working with multiple physicians in clinic, responding to patient messages, and working with our communications team so that our social media is rocking to promote us during this crazy time. She is more than deserving of this recognition."

Recognized by: Megan Steirer

"Ashely is an amazing team member for our sports program at UAB. She takes on many roles and goes well beyond her daily duties. She has been instrumental in helping us organize the logistics of our sports portfolio and growing our practices."

Recognized by: Dr. Amit Momaya

June

Kathryn Mahaffey

"Kathryn works as a PA with the orthopedic spine team. She goes well above and beyond the call of duty every single day. She brings steadfast dedication to her work and the utmost ownership of patient care. I think I speak for all the residents in saying how thankful we all are for her incredible efforts taking care of our complex spine patients in need of a constant force in continuity of their care. Kathryn is a hard worker who constantly checks in on patients and is always seeking to grow her own knowledge. She is a pleasure to work with and makes everyone around her happier and better through her enthusiasm for her work!"

Submitted Anonymously

May

Jessica Balik

"Jessica is the ultimate teammate. She is such an asset to the entire clinic with her ability to help anyone in need. Her versatility and kindness are some of her greatest qualities and would gladly have family members be evaluated by her. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our Department."

Submitted Anonymously

Anna Stephens

"Anna is an exemplary orthopedic caregiver. She consistently goes above and beyond to demonstrate kindness and empathy to pediatric orthopedic patients in aiding their throughput in our department. She is even developing a certificate system for patients that have achieved a musculoskeletal milestone, such as completing casting or having their pins removed. Sports medicine is very lucky to have Anna and her vibrant personality!"

Submitted Anonymously

April

Janette Marshall

"Jan is so pleasant to work with. Since I started she has been the added strength and encouragement I didn't know I would need. She is precise in her work and always so kind to our patients and staff. She is always willing to help figure out any problems and issues that arise to ensure our patients and colleagues are serviced with the best care. We appreciate her dedication. She is definitely an asset to the department."

Submitted Anonymously

Rachel Gordon

"Rachel works diligently as a nurse practitioner with the very busy ortho trauma service. She keeps things running smoothly and is always available to tackle the work with a positive attitude. Her and Chris (May '21 GEM) make a fantastic team that ensures some of our most vulnerable patients get the dedicated, organized patient care they deserve and need. Powered by starbucks coffee and her push for a workroom peloton, she goes above and beyond every single day in the care of our patients. Thank you from all the residents! #EveryWeekIsRachelGordonAppreciationWeek"

Submitted Anonymously

March

Christopher Ford, CRNP

We are undeserving of the work that Chris does for the Ortho Trauma team. Chris consistently goes above and beyond for our team and makes all of our lives easier. He shows up early and stays late. He never complains about his work, that can often be arduous, and we are all better residents because of his hard work. I cannot think of anyone I have worked with to date who goes the extra mile more than Chris.

Recognized by: Dr. Addison Cimino

Patti Hudson

"Patti works tirelessly in our full clinics, of which we all often add-on multiple patients with acute injuries last minute. She is always going the extra mile to get patients added in and get them on the operating room schedule as soon as possible. To top it off, she is always a shoulder to lean on or ear to listen when someone on the team is having a bad day! She always has a smile and we often catch her doing work after-hours to make sure patients get connected and taken care of! She is a wonderful person, a hard worker, and the model UAB Ortho team member!"

Submitted Anonymously

February

Kim Vaughn

"Since I've known Kim, she has displayed the upmost skill and knowledge in every job Orthopaedics has put her in. Goes out of her way to help anybody in the department, she just simply awesome!!!"

Submitted Anonymously

Dustin Harrison

"Dustin is a dedicated, reliable ortho team leader at UAB Highlands. He is well liked by the staff and doctors, which is not always easy in his position. He is always prepared and available. He is able to deal with urgent problems in a well thought out manner. I would like Dustin recognized for being a really good guy and for his service to our orthopaedic patients."

Recognized by: Dr. Herrick Siegel

January

Megan Allmendinger, NP

"Megan goes above and beyond to help and accomodating patients with foot & ankle injuries on her schedule. With her proactive efforts to communicate with other nurse practitioners and scheduling staff, the wait time for foot&ankle pathologies is reduced to less than two weeks. I have observed her working from home, even on her off days, to ensure patients are being cared. She is a role model for all of our nurse practitioners."

 Submitted Anonymously

Amber Booth, RN

Amber is one of our newest members to the trauma team. She has taken on her new role with an amazingly positive attitude. She is responsible for multiple complex patients and navigating their follow up. She is always smiling even through difficult situations. We are lucky to have her!

Submitted Anonymously

Previous GEMs

  • 2021
    January
    • Kenneth Davis, LAT, ATC
    February
    • Kristen Craven
    March
    • Ortho Call Center
    April
    • Karla Corbitt
    • Jason Gay
    May
    • Chris Ford
    • Clisby Jones
    June
    • Patti Hudson
    • Greg Scoggins
    July
    • KaDezia Bouyer
    • Janet Gillispie
    August
    • Tomeria Jones
    • Alexandra Mitchell
    September
    • Keisha Hill
    • Megan Steirer
    October
    • Amanda Wester
    November
    • Didi Phillips
    • Taylor Elliot
  • 2020
    July
    • Sonya Adams
    • Christy Acton
    August
    • Andrea Boohaker
    • Davita Hill
    September
    • Amy Blish
    • Brittany Smith
    October
    • Debby Forester
    December
    • Sarah Kasprow
    • Brandy Embry