symplr in the Spotlight, July, 2023

Each month we provide a roundup of news, awards, and insights from symplr's thought leaders.

Sepp Straka of Team symplr celebrates PGA TOUR victory  

Team symplr golf ambassador Sepp Straka wins his second PGA TOUR victory at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Straka's awe-inspiring journey from a challenging first-round score of 73 to a career-low final round of 62, featuring 9 birdies and an eagle, catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard, securing the victory.

“We are excited to celebrate Sepp’s win in the John Deere Classic,” said BJ Schaknowski, CEO of symplr. “His remarkable display of resilience, coupled with an extraordinary career-low round, showcases his talent. Sepp's unwavering determination both on and off the course aligns directly with symplr's core values associated with forging the path ahead and being firmly rooted in action and outcomes.”

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Karlene Kerfoot awarded Lifetime Achievement Award  

Karlene Kerfoot, chief nursing officer (CNO) at symplr, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from Bonnie Barnes of The Daisy Foundation. She was showered with affection from symplr employees and honored by nursing leader notables and peers in a video with words of thanks from Linda Knodel, former Chief Nurse Executive, Kaiser Permanente, Patricia Mook, SVP of Nursing Operations at Advocate Health, MaryBeth Kingston, EVP, CNO of Advocate Aurora Health, Robyn Begley, CEO of AONL, SVP Workforce, AHA and others. 

“Karlene is one of the smartest and most insightful nurses I have ever known,” said Dr. Peter Buerhaus. “Perhaps more importantly, Karlene is a good person. She helps you feel better about yourself, and you become better because of her. On a scale of 1 to 10, measuring meaningful and lasting contributions to the nursing profession, Karlene scores a 50 in my book.”

We congratulate Karlene on this well-deserved honor.

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Unleashing the power of optimized operations for patient care

Linda Knodel, MHA, MSN, FACHE, FAAN, former chief nurse executive and SVP of patient care services at Kaiser Permanente and Mercy Health, reflected on optimizing healthcare operations, data connectivity and technology to improve patient care in an article published in KevinMD. She highlighted the urgency to improve health systems’ operations, calling healthcare leaders to join symplr’s healthcare operations pledge

She said, “I’d urge health systems to act now because the risk of inaction is too high. Health care operations are a critical underpinning that can prevent or set off a catastrophic chain of events. When health care operations and technology aren’t optimized and clinicians are overly burdened by technology rather than empowered by it, there is a risk of medical errors, morbidity and even patient mortality.”

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A Visionary Leader Inspiring a Security Culture

Saeed Valian was named one of the 10 most inspiring business leaders to follow in 2023. An award-winning Information Security and Technology Leader, and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at symplr, Saeed is known to confront and resolve technology, risk, and business challenges in a proactive manner. Read his recent HITRUST certification blog post.

“Security does not have to be a cost center!” Saeed said. “While overall security fundamentals might be common, it’s imperative for a security leader to learn their company’s business in order to adapt a security vision to further enable their company’s mission. That’s what we have done at symplr, by re-aligning based on symplr’s mission and promise, security has become an essential business enabler; not only protecting our brand, but an integral component of revenue operations and customer support.”

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symplr a leader in G2 Summer Reports

symplr's Workforce, Talent Management, and Clinical Communications products have been recognized as a leader and high performer in the latest G2 Summer 2023 Grid Reports. The G2 software awards are earned by companies across the globe that provide best-in-class products and experience for their customers.

More than 60 million people visit annually to read and write reviews about software products and professional services. G2 prides itself on publishing authentic, unbiased reviews on over 100,000 products and services to aid millions in making better buying decisions for their businesses.

See the company’s complete G2 profiles for symplr Workforce, symplr Talent Management, and symplr Clinical Communications.


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