2014 Dignity and Respect Award


The photo shows (left to right) David Rausch, Unit Director; Karyn Sulit, Professional Staff Nurse, BSN; Mary Jo Macpherson, NICU Family Support Specialist; Peggy Lamouree, Unit Director.

Karyn Sulit, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), won the Dignity and Respect Champion for 2014 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

This award is given to only one person per UPMC Business Unit each year to someone who:

  • Promotes excellence in the workplace by fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes and encourages differences.
  • Role models behaviors that support inclusion by going above and beyond to demonstrate the core value of dignity and respect in all they do.
  • Committed to the advancement of inclusion by building and sustaining an environment in which everyone feels included, valued, and appreciated.
  • Demonstrates exemplary behaviors to create an inclusive environment by treating others the way they want to be treated.

Karyn is described as an unsung hero of the NICU. She regularly demonstrates dignity and respect in her advocacy for her patients and their families every day. Rather than asking not to be assigned to particularly difficult patients/families, Karyn can routinely be found doing continuity of care for the most challenging patients/families in the NICU.

Karyn is invited to attend the system-wide Dignity and Respect Champions Breakfast in January at Cumberland Woods Village, honoring all of the champions across UPMC. Congrats Karyn!