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Recipients of the Case Manager of the Year Award

Recent Award Recipient

CMSA’s 2018 Case Manager of the Year Award recipient is Carol Garner, RN.

The 2018 Case Manager of the Year was awarded to Carol Garner, RN. She has been described as a pioneer, a leader, a mentor, an inspiration, a relationship builder, an innovator, and is known for expanding her passion for case management globally.

Carol began her nursing career in 1975. In 1998, Carol took a leap and challenged the “Pre-auth Only” environment by appointing one of the first case managers for South Africa. Despite a huge resistance from an industry that saw case management as negative and very strange, a case management team was successfully put together and changed healthcare.  Carol has been touted as responsible for changing the way an entire country is understanding and experiencing case management; she was even able to win over the initially skeptical and sometimes hostile treating specialists through relentless preaching of her vision.

After attending the 2010 CMSA Annual conference, Carol was key in launching the Case Manager Association of South Africa to represent the case managers of South Africa.  She not only carries the title of Founding member, but continues to Chair the association.  In less than a decade, CMASA has grown to over 1,000 members.  She continues to expand her relationships with other case management organizations.   Beyond her connections with CMSA and CMSUK, she has recently been approached to mentor the development of sister associations in Dubai, Nigeria, and Botswana.

Carol was also inspirational in supporting and contributing content to the first official certified case management course for South African case managers; she has since ventured out on her own to launch her own case management company, Global Case Management.

Carol has stated “I am both honored and humbled to be the 2018 recipient of the CMOY award and to think that this is the first time it’s been awarded Internationally makes it even more special. Case Management in South Africa has only developed as much as it has through the support and commitment of the US for which we are eternally grateful, we learn more and more with every interaction.

Allowing us to use your Standards of Practice to set the bench mark for the gold standard in SA is so appreciated because we had nothing to go on, no guidelines and no minimum criteria. The standards have been integrated into our formal CCM training course that was introduced in 2017. Using these standards in the case management setting has definitely improved the quality and approach to case management.

In my personal capacity I am already seeing a different level of respect and awareness and there has been an increase in the number of client referrals to my company which is awesome. There is no doubt the association will be taken more seriously now and we will be able to step it up a gear.

To reiterate what I said when accepting the award and quoting John Sailsbury from the 12th century:

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours."

CMSA has been our giant and we thank them for allowing us to sit on their shoulders.”

Previous Recipients

2017 - Ellen Aliberti

2016 - Kathleen Fraser

2015 - Jose Alejandro

2014 - Mary Beth Newman

2013- Rebecca A. Perez

2012 – Laura Ostrowsky

2011 – Margo MacRobert

2010 – Susan Rogers

2009 – Catherine Morris

2008 – Donna Vogel

2007 – Joan Bowman

2006 – Margaret Leonard

2005 – Peter Moran

2004 – Melanie Prince

2003 – Connie Commander

2002 – Nancy Skinner

2001 – Kathleen Moreo

2001 – Michael Demoratz

2000 – Margaret Chu

2000 – Jackie Birmingham

1999 – Deborah Smith

1999 – Catherine Mullahy

1998 – Gerri Lamb

1998 – Mary Gambosh

1997 – Carrie Marion

1997 – Renee Krul

1997 – Judy Harris

1996 – Karen Gagnon

1996 – Sherry Aliotta

1995 – Sandra Lowery

1995 – Karen Chambers

1994 – Glenda Evans-Shaw

1994 – Sharon Dickerson

1993 – Marlys Severson

1993 – Jeanne Boling

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