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The Dr. Peter J. Deckers Employee Appreciation Award recognizes one outstanding employee, annually, who consistently demonstrates commitment and passion, strong leadership, exemplary professional skills and commendable personal attributes all in support of the UConn Health mission. This is among the highest honors awarded to UConn Health employees.

This year, the awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Academic Rotunda.

Nomination Period and Process

The 2016 nomination period will open on Friday, October 21, and close on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Each Senior Leader, from UConn Health's six divisions including Correctional Managed Health Care, Institutional Support, John Dempsey Hospital, School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine and University Medical Group, will submit one nominee by completing a nomination form. Nominators can find everything needed for submission on the nomination form page.


Any UConn Health employee that consistently demonstrates the stated criteria. Prior award nominees are eligible for nomination. Prior recipients of this award are not eligible to receive the award.


Through the generosity of Dr. Deckers, via the UConn Foundation, the awardee receives four lower field level box seat tickets to a Red Sox game and a certificate. In addition, his/her name is inscribed on a perpetual plaque.


The Dr. Peter J. Deckers award is celebrated annually at a ceremony. The 2015 presentation will take place on Monday, November 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the Academic Rotunda. Each 2016 nominee will be invited to attend this special event. The award is presented by the the Chief Executive Officer, UConn Health, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs .

Photo of Recognition logo and people clapping

Helpful Links
Dr. Deckers Employee Appreciation Award

Nomination Form

Tips for Writing a Nomination

Nomination Examples

Selection Process and Committee

Award Recipients
2015 - Susan Garthwait, John Dempsey Hospital

2014 - Kathleen Coyne,
John Dempsey Hospital

- Gail Johnson, Correctional Managed Health Care

- Wendy Martinson, RN, Quality Assurance

2011 -
Bob Norris, Information Technology

2010 -
Caryl Ryan, RN, Nursing

2009 - Robyn J. Wahl, Pharmacy
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