UP Health System – Marquette recently announced that Chief Medical Physicist Brian Rasmussen has been recognized as the hospital’s 2018 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touch the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.
The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2002 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer. The award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive.
“Brian’s exemplary work ethic is evidenced by the long hours he spends ensuring our patients receive the highest quality care possible,” said Brian Sinotte, CEO of UPHS – Marquette. “Staff comment on his deep commitment to humankind, his willingness to share his knowledge and educate, and bring an enthusiasm to a field of medicine that is continuously changing and improving. His dedication to ensuring our patients have access to the most state-of-the-art treatment is second to none.”
In his nine-plus years as the leader of the Oncology and Radiation Oncology teams, Brian has built a reputation as a tireless worker, sometimes working over 90 hours a week without a complaint. He created the quality assurance process for the radiation oncology department and is readily available to help answer questions and use day-to-day work as teaching moments for our frontline staff. When he was the only physicist between the Marquette and Iron Mountain facilities a few years ago, he would make the trip between hospitals 2-3 times per week since every plan of care has to be checked on site. Brian would make the trip through treacherous UP weather to ensure patients could start their cancer treatment as soon as possible.
Each hospital winner, including Brian, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2018 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and will be honored at a special celebration in Nashville, Tenn., in August, along with all other hospital winners.