Nominations for the second annual Lula Owl Gloyne – Person of Excellence Award are officially open.
Following the standard of excellence first set by Beloved Woman Lula Owl Gloyne, who worked as the first registered nurse of the EBCI, this annual award serves to honor a deserving individual whose actions and contributions have improved the healthcare of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The inaugural Lula Owl Gloyne Award was presented in memoriam to Lula’s daughter, the late Mary Wachacha in June 2022.
Mary Gloyne Wachacha had a long and impressive career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). She held many roles in which she advanced healthcare for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and tribes all over Indian Country.
Both Lula and Mary dedicated much of their lives to advancing healthcare for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation is excited to open nominations for eligible candidates to be considered for the 2023 award.
Nominees are expected to reflect the following core values:
Contributions to Healthcare: Nominee has made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare on behalf of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Selflessness: Nominee acts in the best interests of others and promotes their health & wellness.
Accomplished: Nominee has risen above and beyond the call of duty to achieve results. This includes educational and professional achievements and serving as role model and mentor to others.
Resilient: Nominee is an advocate on behalf of others to ensure the prosperity of the next seven generations of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Visionary: Nominee demonstrated forward thinking and a vision for the future of healthcare for the EBCI – regardless of barriers.
Nomination must be submitted to the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation by April 30th, 2023. The CIH Foundation Board will review all nominations and will announce this year’s recipient on June 1, 2023. The 2023 recipient of the Lula Owl Gloyne – Person of Excellence Award will also be recognized at the 12th Annual Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation Gala scheduled for July 15 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Nomination forms are available through the CHIA Administrative Office or online at www.cihfoundation.org.