2013 EPAHEN – Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award

by Tom McNamara | Jan 16, 2013

EPAHEN Dr. Hal Dolegena Emerging Leader Award Nominees and WinnerKristi Bochniak, RN, MSN, CPHQ (second from left) is the winner of the EPAHEN - Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award. The award was presented by Ruth Brennan, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE, president of EPAHEN (fifth from left), and Dr. David M. Gilfoil, director of DeSales University’s MBA program (second from right). Bochniak is pictured with the other nominees including (from left) Marquise Frazier, Jamie Byerly, Catherine Chrapacz, Patrick Kincaid, Nicholas Rini and Dr. John Wheary. Not pictured is Andrew Trella.

DeSales University MBA student Kristi Bochniak, RN, MSN, CPHQ, a quality initiative manager at Sanofi US, is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award. The award is given by the Eastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Executives Network (EPAHEN), the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE).

Every year ACHE recognizes an MBA student in the Healthcare Systems Management concentration by awarding the EPAHEN – Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award.

A leader in her field, Bochniak is a Six Sigma Greenbelt and earned her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credentials through the National Association for Healthcare Quality. In her role at Sanofi US, she helps design, develop, and assist clients in day-to-day management of quality improvement projects while providing recommendations and/or solutions that lead to better patient outcomes and improved healthcare delivery. 

“Kristi’s high level of engagement and facilitation of clear communications demonstrated the importance of managing change, always considering the needs and concerns of the end user,” said Todd Francis, vice president, US Commercial Support at Sanofi US. “Through being extremely action-oriented and responsive, Kristi became the trusted Sanofi US face of all integration activities.” 

Bochniak earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from DeSales University. “Kristi is an exceptionally motivated student,” said Dr. Carol Mest, associate professor of nursing and director of the MSN program at DeSales, “The quality of her communication was always targeted and complete, with a level of integration of the concepts of both business and community health that I don’t see often when teaching my course.”

This year’s award was presented by Ruth Brennan, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE, president of EPAHEN, and Dr. David M. Gilfoil, director of DeSales University’s MBA program.  The Dolenga Emerging Leader Award is presented to a current MBA student concentrating in healthcare who has completed at least half of the program and demonstrates evidence of current or potential leadership success and is a member of good standing in the community.

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