Commending an Associate for Their SPIRIT
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Bonnie Carney was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the first quarter of 2017. Ms. Carney is a Lab Research Associate in the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Burn Lab. Nominated by Lauren Moffatt, PhD, Laboratory Director, and Melissa McLawhorn, RN, BSN, Clinical Research Program Manager, the award was presented by Neil Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute.

Many of the Burn Lab staff were on hand to watch the presentation, with Dr. Moffatt sharing a few words about why she chose to nominate Ms. Carney. “‘Ask Bonnie’ is heard many times per day around our lab and offices and she always takes the time to support her colleagues,” said Dr. Moffatt. “Bonnie prioritizes the integrity of our data and our research group over convenience and potential admission of mistakes.”

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Burn Lab
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Burn Lab at the SPIRIT Award presentation for Bonnie Carney (center)

Jeffrey Shupp, MD, Director of the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, was also on hand to speak to Ms. Carney’s commitment to the Burn Center and her associates. “Bonnie has turned down other jobs to stay with us at the Burn Center,” he said, “and most people also don’t know that she is also pursuing her PhD.” “She routinely spends hours of time at a clip working with a colleague on an experiment that is not related to any aspect of her own projects that she is most interested in. She views EVERYTHING we do here as 'ours' and believes that all of the studies and projects are important, as are the people doing them,” said Dr. Moffatt.

The SPIRIT Award is given to recognize and reward one associate (management or non-management) each quarter, who excels in Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. Nomination submissions for the first quarter of 2017 are due by February 15. Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact

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