DOVER, N.H. – Kevin Sweeney, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Director of Imaging, was awarded the 2022 President’s Award last Thursday – the organization’s highest honor.
Sweeney has worked at Wentworth-Douglass for more than 14 years, leading the medical imaging team that conducts diagnostic scans for patients.
“Kevin is a long-serving leader with a tremendous and consistent record of success,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass. “He is patient, understanding, a good listener, and exemplifies all aspects of an amazing leader. Not only does Kevin juggle a busy and growing department, but he also cares for his staff and is genuinely concerned about their happiness.
Sweeney, who was surprised during the ceremony by his wife Maria, said he was “in a state of shock.”
“It’s so extraordinary just to be nominated. The thought of winning it never would have come into my imagination,” Sweeney said. “We talk about values all the time. That’s something that we press ever single day. And I have to tell you that makes a difference. That sense of value drives all of us. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is a very, very special place.”
In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Hughes mentioned that Sweeney can often be seen talking to patients while they anxiously await their exams, offering comfort and even transporting them to other departments if needed.
“His kindness, compassion, and knowledge really make him stand out, said Hughes.
Sweeney also promotes the field of radiology in the community, partnering with Dover High School and NHTI to showcase imaging technology and partner on clinical placement for additional training on state-of-the art equipment.
This was the first time an individual has received the award since Stacey Savage in 2020. The award was given, for the first time, to all employees in 2021 in recognition of their contributions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video of the ceremony can be found here: https://vimeo.com/797787859/0c4b92320d