NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — Defined as a visionary, inspirational and influential nurse leader by colleagues, Renae Kabes, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague registered nurse and nurse manager, was chosen as a Mayo Clinic Health System winner of the esteemed Mae Berry Service Excellence Award. Kabes received the well-deserved recognition June 14 at a dinner in Phillips Hall in Rochester.
“Receiving the Mae Berry Award has been such an honor,” says Kabes. “It means I have been blessed to be part of a team whom are very passionate and dedicated to placing each person that God has created in the center of their heart. It has been a very humbling experience as I’m surrounded by many people who are deserving of this award.”
Each year, two non-physician employees from Mayo Clinic Health System in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and two non-physician employees each from Arizona, Florida and Rochester are chosen to receive the Mae Berry Award. Recipients of the award — who are nominated by their peers, supervisors or team members — are recognized for:
- Serving as a role model to coworkers and inspiring others to replicate service behaviors.
- Acting selflessly to meet the needs of patients and/or coworkers with no thought of reward.
- Going above and beyond daily to provide timely, reliable attention to the needs of patients, coworkers and clients.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work in an organization where servanthood is important,” adds Kabes. “I realize I would have never had this opportunity without the great team and leadership whom I have had the privilege of working with over the years.”
Those who nominated Kabes explained how she leads by example. One example is how she manages to complete her leadership duties while also working very closely with patients. This extra effort helps Kabes more effectively manage her team, improve patient care and make more meaningful connections with patients. Her team even sends handwritten thank you cards to each patient they see.
“As Renae’s colleague, I’m very proud of her and all she has accomplished as a leader at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague,” says Mary Klimp, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague administrator. “She has done a great job working with others to ensure patients receive the best care, providers have a great place to practice and employees have a great place to work.”
Kabes has been with Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague (formerly Queen of Peace Hospital) for 18 years and has made a lasting impact on colleagues throughout Mayo Clinic.
“Renae exudes a loving, healing attitude towards patients, their families and staff. She is a caregiver in every sense of the word,” says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.