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Dr. Sieg L. Heydenrych who delivers competent, safe and courageous care to moms and babies and shoulders the responsibility of the obstetrical program, was the winner of the Healthcare Excellence Award this year.

It’s no secret health care practitioners in rural Alberta keep busy handling various responsibilities. Two of the health care professionals in Cold Lake were awarded at the annual Hearts for Healthcare gala.

The Nurse of the Year award went to Joanne Brady who has dedicated more than 35 years of her life at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre. She is known for managing several departments and performing surgeries and still taking calls at all hours of day and night.

Every year, Hearts for Healthcare asks for nominations in both categories to announce winners at the gala. Anyone in the health care community of Cold Lake can be nominated for the Healthcare Excellence award as long as they work in the health care field locally.

“So someone who works in the kitchen at the hospital all the way to the doctors so anyone in the health care field can get nominated for that,” said executive director Theresa Nickel.

Dr. Heydenrych was nominated for his dedication to patients and families in this community. In his many roles as general practitioner, emergency room physician, anaesthesiologist and surgeon, he faces a busy work schedule with very few complaints.

In particular, he was nominated for the depth of his commitment to the obstetrical program at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre. Due to his leadership and tireless efforts, the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre’s Obstetrical program is the leading Obstetrical Program in rural north zone.

Dr. Heydenrych stepped up and rested almost the entire obstetrical program on his shoulders after the previous physician left around June 2016.

Nurse of the Year, Brady, is known as the rock of the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre. She leads by example and has the respect of everyone in the building and she mentors young nurses.

“It was a real honour, just an honour to be recognized by colleagues. It was humbling to be honoured,” she said.

Reminiscing the time when she first started working, she said she was very young and was afraid of her own shadow.

She does not know who nominated her and is OK with it.

Eight board members with the Hearts for Healthcare receive nominations for both awards and judge and select a winner each year.


 Mamta Lulla/Cold Lake Sun