ASC Patient Advocate Award

This award will be presented to a person who has taken initiative above and beyond to help improve patient care in the ASC setting. 

 2021 Winner is Teressa Dyson, CRNA

Teressa Dyson Teressa is our chief CRNA at Dallas Endoscopy Center. She's a great collaborator of preop, intraop and postop care of our patients. She's there when needs arise, and is a great communicator with staff and patients.

She has a wonderful way of talking with patients in preop, letting them know what to expect. She has a way to put patient's at ease. She's able to keep the flow going from preop, to procedure and postop.

With her wealth of knowledge, she's able to assist in troubleshooting and is an asset to our team.

 Past Winners:

2020        Dianne Buffington, BSN, RN, CNOR
2019        Ruth Maxwell, MPH, CASC & Dee Pete- Jones, RN, BSN, MBA
2018        Patrick Rehm

Vendor of the Year Award

This award is presented to a vendor who has made positive changes in the ASC industry. Nominations must include a description of the vendor's company, Texas client outreach, services and detailed information about how the company has made positive changes in the ASC industry.

2021 Award Recipient: Cheryl Smith with McKesson


 Cheryl has always helped us get our products that we need to keep our facility going. She was instrumental in keeping our supplies at par levels during 2020, and making sure we were aware of all allocations that were available to us. Without her, we could not have been able to serve our patients in need during the COVID pandemic in 2020 and now.

Past Winners:

2020        Shannon Mitchell with SIS 
2019        Elena Savage with Medline
2018        HST Pathways

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to an individual that works in an ASC and has shown significant growth in the ASC industry. Nominations must include a description of the individual's name, center, client outreach, and detailed information about how the individual has made an impact to the ASC industry and is making a difference in patient care. 

2021 Kayla Schneeweiss-Keene  

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Kayla Schneeweiss-Keene is the Ambulatory Surgery Center Administrator for both of Mann Cataract Surgery Center facilities located in Humble, Tx and Houston, Tx.  She is currently building three new surgery centers in Houston, Tx, Sugar Land, Tx, and Austin, Tx.  

Originally form Louisiana, she moved to Houston, Tx right after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University and has been working with Mann Cataract Surgery Center for over 12 years.  Her hobbies include learning in her field, running, hiking, and scuba diving.

 Past Winners:
2020       Pat O'Leary
2019       Adam Hornback, RN
2018       James McClung, BSN

ASC Innovations Award

This award will be presented to a facility that has taken strides to create new and innovative programs within their facility. Nominations must include a cover letter describing the program innovation and how it has improved the facility.


2021 Award Recipient: North Texas Team Care

NTTC Surgery Center NNTC Administrator, Adam Hornback, RN, is a really Brilliant Innovator. He is constantly trying to better ASC care delivery and finding ways to help patients and the staff. He dealt with initial COVID 19 by SHOWING EXTRODINERY courage to lead the center, serving on various committees . He dealt with all trials and tribulations of the onslaught to handle initial wave during early phase of the COVID 19 surge by making his ASC available to serve as an emergency site. Now subsequently, extensively educating staff and the patients about the value of vaccination

Past Winners:
2020       Memorial Hermann Memorial Village Surgery Center
2019       Kelsey-Seybold ASC