Asked Questions

Are the Vision Awards open to everyone?

The Vision Awards are open to members and supporting staff of Physician Enterprise, including employees and providers. You can nominate a team, a colleague or even yourself.

Are there individual and team awards?

Yes. The nomination categories are open to both individual and team nominations. There are also team awards in the clinical and patient experience categories.

How do I nominate a colleague?

Simply visit the Vision Awards website at to review and select a nomination category. Click on the icon for your selected category to begin. Complete and submit the form to finish the nomination process. Only nominations submitted through the nomination forms will be considered.

How does Vision Awards define (or examples) the categories for the nomination-driven awards?

There are three nomination-driven awards: Compassion, Inspiration, and Innovation. 

We broadly define compassion as impactful demonstrations of empathy and kindness that exemplify and expand our vision and positively impact employees/providers/patients alike across our ministry. 

We broadly define Inspiration as individuals, teams and/or actions that positively inspire and influence the actions of people and/or our clinical care and clinical programs in unique and uplifting ways.

We broadly define innovation as a new mindset / method / idea / product / etc.that accelerates our vision and impacts employees/providers/patients alike across our ministry.

When are submissions due?

Nominations for the Compassion, Inspiration and Innovation categories are due by midnight, PST on December 15, 2023. Publications are due by midnight, PST on April 7, 2024 for the Academic Excellence category. Overall winners will be announced at the CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise Leadership Summit.

What happens after a Compassion, Innovation, or Inspiration nomination has been submitted?

All nominations will be first reviewed and approved by Human Resources. Our Human Resource partners ensure that the nominee is a current, active employee, that they are in good standing with the organization without any current corrective action, and are not currently serving any type of notice period to leave the organization, with the exception of a retirement notice.

The approved nominations move forward to be viewed and scored by division and overall judging committees. From these judging bodies, division winners and overall winners will be selected for the Compassion, Innovation, and Inspiration awards.

How are submitted nominations judged?

All nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges utilizing a standard rubric. Each division has its own judging panel who determine their division winners. All division winners move on to an overall judging panel. These elevated nominations are then reviewed and overall winners are selected. Judging panels consider and select winners per the following categories: team/department, provider, and individual/staff member.

I am a Physician Enterprise system employee, can I still be nominated?

Yes. Physician Enterprise system employees can be nominated for an award. We will have awards for divisions and system employees/teams which will roll up to overall winners.

Who are the judges?

Judging committees consist of up to eleven (11) members and are composed of Physician/Advanced Practice Practitioners, senior leaders, and front line leaders. Divisional judging committees will select the winners for these award categories (Compassion, Innovation, & Inspiration) per division. The overall judging committee consists of up to seven (7) members who selects the overall award winners.

I would like to be involved in the program. How do I volunteer?

We appreciate your enthusiasm and your support! Please email to inquire about judging opportunities.

When and how are division winners and overall winners notified?

Once selected, division winners will be notified via email by March 2024 and announced in April 2024. Overall winners will be notified via email in July 2024 and nationally announced for recognition at the Physician Enterprise Leadership Summit.

Are submitted nominations shared?

Submitted nominations will not be shared, including nominator name or any content of the nomination write-up.

Some division or overall winner nominations may be shared as a part of our recognition and celebration of clinical excellence across the ministry. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please email all inquiries to

How many awards are available?

There are six award categories. Division winners will be announced in each  division for  individual and team categories. There will also be a set of overall winners per award category. System employees are included as their own division and are encouraged to also participate.

The Innovation, Compassion and Inspiration award categories will be awarded to one physician/APP, one staff member, and one team/department (if nominated) per division.

The Patient Experience and Quality award categories use quantitative data to determine division winners and overall winners based on clinic size. Nominations will not be collected for these two award categories. 

Who receives awards and pins for team and department categories?

Pin counts include everyone who worked in the clinic during the award performance period. Each team or department will receive one award to display in their office or clinic.

How will the Quality Awards be structured?

The Quality category recognizes the highest performing and most improved clinics participating in the CommonSpirit Board of Stewardship Trustees FY2023 Chronic Disease Management Composite (Hypertension and Diabetes) and FY2024 Depression Screening clinical goals. The clinics were grouped into two categories, small and large, using qualifying patient population volumes.

How will the Patient Experience Awards be structured?

The Patient Experience Award recognizes Physician Enterprise clinics who have the highest performing or most improved patient experience scores from the current fiscal year. The results used to identify the highest performing and most improved clinics were taken from the Press Ganey Medical Practice Patient Survey for CommonSpirit Health from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. The results included performance across four questions: Care provider concern for questions and worries, Ease of scheduling appointments, Staff worked together to care for you, and Likelihood of recommending the practice to others. Additionally, clinics were separated and grouped into small and large volume categories, based on visit volumes.

How will the Academic Excellence category awards be structured?

Awards will be based on articles published in peer-reviewed journals from January to December 2023. Manuscripts in “pre-print” status will be accepted.

Criteria for selection and award will be based on the potential for the publication to have a direct, relevant, and high-impact effect on clinical care delivery, with a focus on improving care for our patients and communities. All submitted publications will be reviewed by a committee composed of national, divisional, and academic partner leaders using a standard review format.

Note: Only articles published in peer-reviewed journals from January to December 2023 will be accepted. Ideas that are being planned but have not yet been implemented will not be reviewed. Letters to the editor, book chapters, blogs, editorials, opinion or perspective pieces will not be reviewed.

Submission Process:

Community: open to Physician Enterprise providers across CommonSpirit Health (but not considered academic faculty or do not hold an academic faculty appointment). 

Academic: open to full-time faculty at the Baylor, Creighton, and Morehouse Schools of Medicine. The Physician Enterprise will work with our Academic Partners from the Baylor, Creighton, and Morehouse Schools of Medicine.

Resident or Fellow Physicians: This year we plan to include submissions from Residents and Fellows. Papers will only be accepted from Residents/Fellows who are the 1st or 2nd author. These papers must be either published in a peer reviewed journal or accepted for publishing (pre-print status) in a peer reviewed journal prior to graduation. Each Resident/Fellow will be expected to submit under one of the four award categories outlined below and will be eligible for a Residents/Fellows award within each category.

There will be four award categories:

Clinical Research: Research conducted with human subjects (or on the material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes mechanisms of human disease; therapeutic interventions; clinical trials; development of new technologies; analysis of existing datasets; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; outcomes research and health services research.

Medical Humanities: Initiatives/Research that focuses on the history of medicine, cultures of medicine, dilemmas/challenges in the practice of medicine, disability studies, communities in crisis, bioethics, public health, doctor-patient relationships and communication, end-of-life concerns, medicine and the media, medicine and society; literature and medicine, medical anthropology, empathy and the experience of illness, and the arts and medicine.

Health Disparities Research or Health Equity Research: Research conducted to address the disparity in clinical care delivery or closing a care gap due to inherent or implicit disparity in care. Abstracts in this category will primarily be descriptive, but they may also include preliminary data.

Practice Innovation or High-Value Care or Quality Improvement: Initiatives that focus on:

  • Reducing waste in the system (unnecessary testing and treatment or inappropriate setting for care)
  • Minimizing harm and/or improving patient safety (radiation exposure, medication side effects)
  • Improving patient care through communication (incorporating patient values and concerns into care plans)
  • Other digital tools (including Artificial Intelligence)
  • Improving caregiver well-being by reducing unnecessary steps in the process of providing and/or documenting care
  • Abstracts in this category will primarily be descriptive, but they may also include preliminary data.

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

Direct clinical care: addresses an important question or problem that is directly related to clinical care delivery

Generalizability: offers concepts or theories that are generalizable or transferable to other contexts, people, etc.; has generalizability because of the selection of participants, setting, and educational intervention or materials

Research design: methods are defined and clearly described, and they are sufficiently detailed to provide transparency or permit the study to be replicated

Clinical impact: practical significance or theoretical implications are discussed with guidance for future studies offered

Influencer status: provides guidance that will influence care delivery for large segments of the population across CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email us directly at

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Awards are open to individuals and teams. Peers may nominate others for these awards, or you can nominate yourself. Nominations are due by December 15, 2023. Awards will be presented at the annual CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise Summit in Fall 2024.