Awards and Achievements

3 Methodist Staff Members Honored With 2022 The Caring Kind Awards

Published: Oct. 31, 2022
Nebraska Hospital Association new fall 2022

The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has recognized 83 Nebraska hospital employees – including three Methodist Health System staff members – for their exemplary service to health care by bestowing them with The Caring Kind award. 

The Methodist honorees are:

  • Justin Beller, a cafe station cook at Methodist Hospital
  • Carmen Heller, an oncology navigator at Methodist Fremont Health
  • Israel Rodriguez, a phlebotomist at Methodist Women’s Hospital

For 43 years, The Caring Kind award has recognized Nebraska's most caring and compassionate health care heroes. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with coworkers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

“This award demonstrates the kindness, caring, dedication and commitment these individuals make to their hospitals,” said Jeremy Nordquist, president of the NHA. “The Caring Kind award is a celebration of our Nebraska health care heroes and the extraordinary work they do each and every day to deliver top-notch patient care in our hospitals.”

Hospitals across the state select one The Caring Kind award recipient from within their respective institutions to be recognized. Award winners were recognized at a special luncheon as part of the NHA Annual Convention on Oct. 21. More than 2,700 health care professionals have received the award since its inception in 1979.

To see the full list of this year's honorees, click here.

The Caring Kind Award Justin Beller
The Caring Kind award recipient Justin Beller, right, with Nebraska Hospital Association President Jeremy Nordquist. Photo by Steve Kowalski / A Better Exposure
The Caring Kind Award Carmen Heller
The Caring Kind award recipient Carmen Heller, right, with Nebraska Hospital Association President Jeremy Nordquist. Photo by Steve Kowalski / A Better Exposure
The Caring Kind Award Israel Rodriguez
The Caring Kind award recipient Israel Rodriguez, right, with Nebraska Hospital Association President Jeremy Nordquist. Photo by Steve Kowalski / A Better Exposure