ELYRIA, OH – On Thursday, May 2nd, EMH Healthcare President and CEO Dr. Donald Sheldon presented EMH Director of Patient Care and Nursing, Sandra Kantelas, with the Kevin C. Martin Leadership Award. Developed in 2005 as part of the overall EMH Rewards and Appreciation program, this honor recognizes leaders who consistently demonstrate the values that are essential to the organization’s success. The award was named for Mr. Kevin C. Martin, the late President and Chief Executive Officer of EMH from 1998 until February 2009, when he succumbed to cancer.
As Director of Patient Care and Nursing for EMH, Ms. Kantelas is responsible for overseeing the inpatient nursing and rehabilitation functions for the hospital system. A registered nurse for many years, Ms. Kantelas has nearly 600 people reporting to her, including nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; administrative staff and more.
Kevin C. Martin Leadership Award winners are nominated by their staff members, which makes the recognition very special for the recipients. “I believe that we’re all in this together,” said Ms. Kantelas. “I’m honored to work alongside directors, managers and staff nurses to ensure we’re providing the very best patient care.” She continued, “For them to nominate me for this award is truly awe-inspiring and I could not be more grateful.”
Ms. Kantelas worked with Kevin Martin for many years during his tenure as president and CEO of EMH Healthcare, and appreciates the significance of the award named in his honor: “Kevin was an excellent role model. He was dynamic, thoughtful, professional and respectful of those he worked with.” She continued, “I remember how passionate he was about his leaders developing their skills to be ready for the future. These things have stayed with me and helped me as I have progressed with my career at EMH.”
A life-long resident of Lorain County, Ms. Kantelas currently lives in North Ridgeville. She has two adult sons and one granddaughter.