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Patricia K. Sodomka Leadership Award for Patient-and Family-Centered Care

Throughout her career as a physical therapy clinician, a hospital administrator, and a health care executive, Pat Sodomka was a patient advocate and a gracious and visionary leader. She was a national and international leader in Patient- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC). In the mid-1980’s, she embarked on a pioneering PFCC journey that transformed the culture and practice of health care and quality, and impacted health profession’s education and PFCC research.  Pat viewed patient/family partnerships in care, teaching, and learning as the essence of PFCC and as a powerful tool to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

The Patricia K. Sodomka Leadership Award has been established to honor Pat’s phenomenal leadership and legacy.

2017 Patricia K. Sodomka Leadership Award Recipien​t

(Dennis Sodomka and Award Recipient Jeff Dowling)


  • Member of Augusta Health System leadership at the level of manager or higher.
  • Motivates and inspires others to further the culture of Patient- and Family-Centered Care.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead by creating or developing  programs, projects or activities that impact the enterprise through Patient- and Family-Centered Care practices .
  • Develops creative ways to accomplish goals and objectives, shares ideas with their team, and empowers others to strengthen and enrich Patient- and Family-Centered Care culture.
  • Is recognized by others for dedication to achieving the results that continue the Patient- and Family-Centered Care journey.
  • Recognized by others for a commitment to the success of Patient- and Family-Centered Care.
  • Demonstrates the ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Displays high levels of optimism and confidence.
  • Is passionate in what they do.
  • Has high levels of patience and dedication.

Please complete the form below to nominate someone for the Pat Sodomka Leadership Award.