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In memory of our friend, Jana Quinn, the members of Professional Women in Healthcare have created the "Jana Quinn Inspirational Award" presented annually to a healthcare professional who is successful not only in their career, but in life.

This award represents an inspirational person in the medical industry, male or female. We are seeking a person with qualities that define their success in life, not only professionally. We are looking for the qualities that were an inherent part of Jana and her experiences. We are looking for a combination of a mentor, role model, adviser, family person, a person not afraid to struggle, who’s combination of endearing qualities draw others to him/her.

The 2017 award recipient was announced at the HIDA Streamlining Healthcare Conference. 



2017 Jana Quinn Inspirational Award - Brenda Highley

Every year, PWH celebrates the memory of one of our founders, Jana Quinn, by recognizing an individual in our industry; woman or man; who inspires us and leads by example. This is the 9th year Professional Women in Healthcare is honored to present the Jana Quinn Inspirational Award.

Jana Quinn had a passion for the industry we serve. This year’s recipient is an industry “pioneer”, having worked in healthcare for almost 40 years. 

This year’s recipient is a role model. One nominator comments “She inspires me because she is always her true self. She has her own style and her own sense of humor. She reminds us that we can be ourselves and still be successful.” 

Jana Quinn faced struggles in life and she faced them head on. This year’s recipient has known incredible hardship. She lost a son years ago yet found the strength to overcome. She has the ability to roll graciously and optimistically with whatever she is dealt, navigating the peaks and valleys of both her personal and professional life.  She adapts to pressure, balances the demands of a changing company and industry and does it all with an amazing smile on her face.

This year’s recipient is someone you can count on in a time of need, she is loyal to a fault, and a friend to all.  She gives selflessly to others and charitable causes and she possesses a radiance and magnetism that draws others to her. Her customers describe her as detail-oriented, understanding, and TERRIFIC at the art of relationship building.  Her boss describes her as a true professional who has high integrity, is knowledgeable, engaging, and fun-loving.

This year’s recipient, like Jana, was a founding member of PWH and has served on the PWH board. She has mentored countless women within PWH and our industry.

She began her career with F.D. Titus & Son decades ago. In 1996 she joined Beckman Coulter, and has held various positions, leading to present day as Director of Distribution Partners.

This award is about spirit and we recognize Brenda Highley for the smart, engaging, free spirit that she is.  Congratulations Brenda, for receiving this well-deserved award.


Past Recipients

2016 - Cindy Juhas, CME (Anaheim, CA)

2015 - Sam Robb, SCA Personal Care (Philadelphia, PA)

2014 - Colleen Stern, National Distribution and Contracting, Inc. (Nashville, TN)

2013 - Alex Caldwell, The Claflin Company (Warwick, RI) 

2012 - Yates Farris,  Independent Medical Co-Op (Daytona Beach, FL)

2011 - Jackie Jones, National Distribution and Contracting, Inc. (Nashville, TN)

2010 - Anne Eiting-Klamar, Midmark Corporation (Versailles, OH)

2009 - John Moran, Welch Allyn (Skaneateles Falls, NY)

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