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President of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center Honored with Two Major Leadership Awards

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Presented by YWCA Greater Cleveland and Crain’s Cleveland Business

PARMA – Nancy Tinsley, President of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center since 2014, was recognized recently with two major honors recognizing exemplary women leaders.

Ms. Tinsley was among eight women from organizations across Northeast Ohio honored by the YWCA Greater Cleveland as Women of Achievement for being transformational leaders. From her years innovating with teams as a critical care staff nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center through her leadership of UH Parma, Nancy has challenged women to consider themselves the CEO of their own career and cultivate their own “personal advisory council.”

The YWCA honored eight UH women leaders at its 40th Annual Women of Achievement Awards celebration on May 2 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Citing these women who infuse our civic and business community with optimism and energy, UH CEO Tom Zenty helped present the awards in a fitting kickoff to UH’s own milestone anniversary celebration.

“University Hospitals is, in many ways, a creation of women of achievement,” Mr. Zenty said, reflecting on a shelter for war refugees that a group of Cleveland women started during the Civil War, and which led to the creation of what is now University Hospitals at war’s end. “Today, we celebrate other Women of Achievement – other heroes. They are women who lead, who achieve, and who inspire others to excellence through the example they set. “Our honorees, and all of the women here, are infusing our civic and business community with optimism and rallying us with their achievements. They represent the fact that diversity brings exciting new energy and fresh perspectives.” On May 25, Ms. Tinsley also was honored among Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Women of Note. Presented during the Women’s Caucus at the Cleveland Convention Center, Crain’s recognized 15 women for their notable leadership and mentorship.

“It is humbling to be recognized for work you are passionate about doing every single day,” said Ms. Tinsley, in accepting the award before an audience of more than 800 guests. “Who would have thought that when I had my first fund raiser at 10 years old, a Muscular Dystrophy carnival in my backyard, my first job at 13 at Dairy Queen, and decided in fourth grade that I wanted to be a nurse that I would be standing here today.

“I have been fortunate in my career to work with leaders who are receptive to my innovation and creativity, to challenge ideas and advance health care.”

Ms. Tinsley shared several tips for leaders in her closing comments at the awards ceremony, which was the pinnacle event at Crain’s Women of Note Awards & Summit. She encouraged women to be self-aware, curious, persistent and generous with guidance, praise and time. She challenged her peers to have the discipline to always show up, the willingness to do their homework, the courage to speak up and the relentless persistence to get the job done. You will not always be universally appreciated, she noted, but do good anyway.

“Nancy is a nimble, quick learner. She possesses the characteristics necessary to lead effectively,” says Christopher Loyke, DO, Chief Medical Officer of UH Parma Medical Center. Dr. Loyke is a marathon runner and in awe of Nancy’s limitless energy. “Her energy is unmatched.”

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