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St. Luke’s President's Awards Honor Physicians, Staff, and a Special Guest

2015 President's Award winners with CEO Dr. David Pate.
By Sandra Forester, News and Community
July 22, 2015

St. Luke’s Health System President and CEO Dr. David Pate recognized 11 physicians, nurses, and other team members at a Monday night President’s Award banquet and party filled with emotion and jubilation.

And a very special former nursing student received the cap and pin her classmates graduated with – more than six decades ago.

Ben Quintana, manager of Organizational Development and Boise City Council member, reads a proclamation from the city to Maxine Huckstep, left, during a special cap-and-pin ceremony Monday.

Maxine Pfeiffer enrolled in St. Luke’s Hospital Nurses’ Training School in 1947. The program ended for her three weeks before graduation in 1950, when she married William Huckstep. During a special cap-and-pin ceremony at the Monday awards event, Maxine Huckstep returned to the company of St. Luke’s clinicians, earning a standing ovation, a document proclaiming July 20, 2015 as “Maxine Pfeiffer Huckstep Day” in Boise, and an honorary diploma before dozens of bouquet-bearing family members who were in on the surprise.

Each year, Dr. Pate recognizes St. Luke’s team members nominated by colleagues for their exemplary demonstration of the organization’s values and their commitment to the organization’s mission to improve the health of people in our region.


Dr. David Pate, left, congratulates Lyle Nelson of St. Luke's McCall, a 2015 President's Award recipient.

The 2015 President’s Award recipients are:

  • Dan Fairman: Physician, St. Luke’s Clinic – Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s Wood River
  • Ruby Garcia: Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Center for Community Health, St. Luke’s Wood River
  • Stan Hall: Nurse Practitioner, St. Luke’s Palliative Care
  • Erica Helmick, R.N.: Quality and Patient Safety Senior Manager, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley
  • Scottie Kafka, R.N.: Clinical Support, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley
  • Heather Kamper: Unit-Based Clinical Educator, St. Luke’s Boise
  • Matthew Morishita: Senior Manager, Patient Financial Services, St. Luke’s Health System
  • Waj Nasser: Physician, St. Luke’s Clinic – Capital City Family Medicine, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley
  • Lyle Nelson: Director of Community Relations and Health Promotions, St. Luke’s McCall
  • Terri Schutz: Administrative Assistant, Physician Services, St. Luke’s Magic Valley
  • Etta Wood, R.N.: Clinical Supervisor, Surgical Services, St. Luke’s Wood River

Contact: Roya Camp, PR/Communications, 381-6124 or [email protected]

About The Author

Sandra Forester works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.