December 14, 2020

Winners and Finalists for HOPE and JOY Awards 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 finalists and winners of the annual Evan Newport HOPE & JOY Awards!

The Evan Newport HOPE and JOY Awards were established to formally recognize the ongoing patient and family centered care practices and initiatives that are happening each day within Michigan Medicine. 

The HOPE Award was developed and designed by Scott Newport and his son Noah - inspired by those who allowed Evan, Scott’s son, to have a happy childhood while he was a patient at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Not only does Evan’s legacy live on at Mott, but his award has given us the opportunity to acknowledge those who work hand-in-hand with patients and families across the entire health system. For more about Scott, Evan, and Noah, please read their story here(link is external). The Evan Newport JOY Award and Celeste Castillo Lee Peer Mentor awards honor volunteer patient and family advisors who have gone above and beyond to promote and advance patient and family centered care principles throughout Michigan Medicine. 

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Finalists for the Evan Newport HOPE Award. 

Individual Finalists, Adult Services

  • Carrie Battles, RN, Registered Nurse, Medical Short Stay Unit
  • Judy Benkeser, RN, BSN, CCM, Care Navigator, UMMG Care Navigation – Taubman General Medicine Clinic - Winner
  • Samantha Judkins, BSN, RN, CNML, Nursing Supervisor, University Hospital 8D
  • Joseph Norman, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Hospital Medicine
  • Elliot Tapper, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology


Individual Finalists, Children's, Women's, and Psychiatry Services

  • Michele Brown, LMSW, Social Work Supervisor, Department of Social Work – Ambulatory Psychiatry
  • Marybeth Carlson, RN, Registered Nurse, CW 10E-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Ashley Jentz, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, Department of Social Work – Pediatric Home Ventilator Program
  • Alex Friedman Peahl, MD, MSc, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Melisa Scott, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Nurse Midwifery - Winner

Team Finalists, Adult Services

  • Care Management Social Work
  • Department of Respiratory Care
  • RICU Care Team - Winner
  • University Hospital Unit 7C – Cardiology

Team Finalists, Children's, Women's, and Psychiatry Services

  • Cystic Fibrosis Center, Department of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness
  • Michigan Medicine Security - Winner
  • Pediatric Audiology Team, Department of Otolaryngology