2016 Robert Wood Johnson Award winners: (L to R)  Anna Brown, Chang-Hung Yuan, Nico Miraftab, Katie Hollis, Sandra Racco-Cella and Olga Sawatzy

Katie Hollis, a recent MHA graduate, was named among six of Canada’s top emerging health-care professionals and awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Award. She accepted her award during a ceremony in Ottawa, as part of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and HealthCareCAN national conference, which is the largest national gathering of health system leaders in Canada.

Prior to starting the Masters in Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Ottawa, Katie Hollis was a clinical pharmacist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where she worked in paediatric haematology & oncology. On a daily basis, Katie witnessed the selfless dedication of healthcare providers to ensure a positive patient experience. However, her desire to gain further understanding into the complexity of healthcare delivery was fuelled by the belief that the responsibility to provide high quality, patient-centered care extends beyond that of the healthcare professional. Since completing the MHA program, Katie now works at the Queensway Carleton Hospital as the Pharmacy Manager of Clinical and Professional Practice and is responsible for ensuring safe, effective medication management practices for each patient throughout the organization. She is also actively involved with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists occupying various roles on committees and councils at both the provincial and national levels. Recently, Katie joined the MHA Alumni Association’s Board as a member-at-large where she looks forward to giving back to the community that has inspired her throughout her studies and continues to inspire her each and every day.

Since its inception in 1956, the award has been presented to nearly 300 Canadian healthcare professionals. It is supported by Johnson & Johnson Medical Products in partnership with six leading Canadian universities, which offer a Masters’ program in healthcare administration, including: Dalhousie University, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and University of Toronto.