Kristy Radeker recognized with Gabor Award

Following her division-level Superior Accomplishment Award, Senior Grants Specialist Kristy L. Radeker was recognized with the Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on April 16. University-level Gabor Award winners received a $1,000 check and a commemorative plaque for their excellence in job performance, outstanding service, and willingness to assist beyond normal expectations.

Kristy L. Radeker
Kristy L. Radeker is presented with her Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award commemorative plaque by UF President Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and John McAvoy with the Gabor Agency.

The following is an excerpt from the introductory speech just prior to presenting Kristy with her Gabor Award:

Our winner accomplished more last year than we had been able to do in the 12 years preceding her arrival in the department. Her administration of programs such as the Medical Student Research Program in her department along with a multitude of other projects have helped advance research that has led to important advances in research that serves as a vanguard to address some of our health system’s most perplexing challenges. One nominator profoundly noted the impact our winner has on her interaction with all members of her department when they state, “One walks away from a meeting with her knowing that something substantive has been accomplished.”

Ms. Radeker’s supervisor and the Department’s Associate Director, Ken Marx, stated, “I have been this department’s administrator over its entire history. I have participated in and witnessed every attempt we’ve made to conduct meaningful and sustained research. I’ve drafted a number of position descriptions, interviewed many candidates, forged interdepartmental support arrangements, and I’ve watched our hopes raised and dashed several times as these attempts repeatedly failed to create a successful research mission. That all changed when we hired [Kristy]! I can confidently say that in my 30 years of academic service, I have known no individual who has made such an important and tangible impact on a critical mission of an academic, clinical department as our winner.”

With Kristy’s second Superior Accomplishment Award at the highest level, the Department of Emergency Medicine is honored to have her as part of our team!