2010 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Hospital Constituency Section, and recognizes a senior federal health care executive who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant leadership or innovative achievements, which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The winner of the 2010 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence is Cynthia J. Gantt, NC, USN, FNP-BC, Ph.D., senior nurse executive and director of Nursing Services, U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam.

Captain Gantt is recognized as an innovative and inspirational leader and mentor in Navy Medicine and across the military health system, whose efforts have directly contributed to the improvement of the federal health care system.  Her achievements include developing a new model, Nursing Clinical Competency Model, which is widely recognized and respected within her field, to improve the delivery of care at her remote facility in Guam.  The model helps address staffing issues and is easily replicable at others facilities.  The model was also recognized by the Joint Commission as an example of how safe, high-quality, evidence-based patient and family-centered care is delivered at the command. 

Previously as director of Population Health and Medical Management, at the TRICARE Management Activity for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) from 2005 to 2008, she led the complex modification and implementation of the managed care contracts that included the first ever uniform approach to disease management.  She led the 2007 Tri-service National Defense Authorization Act Report to Congress work group, charged with integrating disease management across the military health system, as well as a study that measured overall impact on health, quality of life, and costs using a new disease management scorecard that caught the attention of Congress, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration.

Gantt was also a key member of the team assembled by the Secretary of Defense to diagnose and correct issues related to the care and case management of wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. She produced landmark case management policy, information sharing, and data capture strategies that resulted in new abilities to track, analyze and evaluate case management services, including new workload modeling capabilities for all types of case management patients.


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