Douglas J. Leonard Caregiver of the Year
The Douglas J. Leonard Indiana Caregiver of the Year Award honors an individual whose performance in the delivery of care is considered exemplary by patients and peers. It is named after IHA's fourth president, Doug Leonard, who led IHA from 2007 to 2017. Before serving as president of IHA, Leonard worked for 30 years in administration at Columbus Regional Hospital, and the last 10 years as CEO. 


  • Each hospital is permitted to nominate one individual.
  • Health systems are encouraged to submit nominations from each of their hospitals, but may select one nominee to represent an entire health system.
  • Eligible persons must be a current employee of an IHA member hospital.
  • The nominee should be a direct caregiver, but that is not a requirement. Support personnel are also eligible if they exemplify the qualities represented by this award.
  • Administrative positions, such as hospital administrators or CEOs, are not eligible to be nominated for this award.

Nominate a Deserving Candidate:
IHA members help us identify and select recipients of the Indiana Caregiver of the Year Award. This year's award will be presented during the IHA Patient Safety Summit​ on June 20. Nominations are due April 30Download the nomination form below and return to:

​Molly Ke​lly
Member Engagement and Marketing Coordinator​

 2024 Caregiver of the Year Nomination Form.docx
2024 Caregiver of the Year Nomination Form.pdf

2024 Recipients:

Amy Rayot Carpenter, RN
Carey Gurtner

Read more about this year's recipients.​

Previous Recipients: 

Jill Raines, MBA, MSN, RN
Gloria Barth, RN​

Matthew Tucker, DO ​

Judy Brohm, RN, CCRN
Michelle Charles, MSN, RN-BC
Raymond Lee Kiser, MD, MBA
Ram Yeleti, MD

Darren Brucken, MD

Morgan Jones, MA
Anthony Sanders, MD, FACOG

Mary Puntillo
Megan Schlueter, RN

Rachel Kartman, RN
Kendra Wood, RN

Doris Agemy, RN