SSM St. Joseph Health Center employee receives national health care engineering award 

ST. CHARLES, MO – Martin Grabanski, Plant Operations Team Leader for SSM St. Joseph Health Center, SSM St. Joseph Health Center – Wentzville, and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, has won the 2010 Emerging Regional Leadership Award from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Earlier this year, Grabanski was nominated by his peers to the 2011 president-elect position for the Missouri Society of Hospital Engineering (MOSHE). In this role he has been able to make positive changes for the organization, including designing a new website, increasing membership and playing an active role in many committees. He also recently became certified in “Health Facilities Management” within the AHA.

These accomplishments earned Grabanski ASHE’s Emerging Regional Leadership Award – a national honor. Three of his peers nominated him for the award, including Don Wojtkowski, the SSM Health Care – St. Louis executive director of design, construction and facilities management. Wojtkowski says Grabanski has been instrumental with increasing the value of MOSHE and membership numbers for the organization.

“Martin exemplifies professionalism, volunteerism, character, and commitment to the health care facilities management field,” Wojtkowski says.

Grabanski was recognized in July at ASHE’s national convention in Tampa.

“I feel truly blessed to receive this honor,” Grabanksi says. “I’ve received a lot of excellent mentoring and leadership through this organization and the opportunity to grow in my profession.” 

About SSM St. Joseph Health Center
SSM St. Joseph Health Center, a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center, is recipient of the Premier Award for Quality, Premier/CareScience Award for Excellence in Quality of Patient Care and Efficiency, and Premier Award for Quality/National Leader in Heart Attack Care.  The facility offers a broad range of exceptional services and houses SSM Cancer Care, the SSM Heart Institute, The Vascular Institute, SSM Center for Sleep Disorders and more.  Along with SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, it is the largest provider of health care in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties. St. Joseph Health Center and St. Joseph Hospital West are members of SSM Health Care, the first health care winner of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.  For more information about St. Joseph Health Center, please visit

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