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Martin Siegel, MD Swedish Polyclinic

Martin Siegel has more than his fair share of accolades and accomplishments. The former director of epidemiology at Swedish Health Services and member of the board of trustees at Swedish, he won Case Western Reserve University’s Alfred S. Maschke Award for Clinical Excellence, and is frequently selected as one of Seattle’s top doctors. But in the end, the real meaning in his professional life comes from the face-to-face time he spends with patients.

When he meets with patients, who are often at their most vulnerable, he always introduces himself as Marty Siegel, not Dr. Siegel, and encourages questions.

“If patients can be engaged in their care, asking questions, that’s a good sign,” he says. “It breaks down some of the misconceptions of what the experience will be like by having them ask questions.”

And while the art of health care has morphed over the past three decades into something more austere and business oriented, Siegel, who is an infectious disease specialist at The Polyclinic, remains steadfast in his commitment to patients.

“What I treasure most is my experience at the bedside, talking to families and working with patients,” Siegel says. “The greatest pleasure is seeing people get better.”

When he began practicing in 1983, patient care was always his top priority. But by 1986, the health care environment was akin to practicing “alone together”; doctors weren’t communicating with one another. However, in the last 10 years at The Polyclinic, there has been a much greater recognition of the interdependence of doctors in providing the best care for their patients. Personalized care is written into the clinic’s mission statement. That approach has been a blessing for Siegel and the group of physicians he works with in Seattle.

“The emphasis on quality [of care] over the past decade has really helped create alignment among various caregivers in the community,” Siegel says. “It’s led to tremendous motivation on everyone’s part to do a better job for the patients.”

Siegel continues to proselytize the importance of personalized care with residents. A clinical professor of medicine at the UW’s School of Medicine, he has won the resident teaching award twice at Swedish Medical Center and once at Providence Medical Center—the only physician to win the prestigious award at both institutions.

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Patricia Dawson, Medical director, Swedish Medical Center

Since beginning her medical career in the 1970s, Patricia Dawson has made significant strides as a caregiver. As the medical director and a breast surgeon at the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus, Dawson focuses on building relationships with her patients. In 2012, she will head up her most ambitious project yet, the True Family Women’s Cancer Center. Addressing the physical, psychosocial and educational needs of women with cancer, the center will be the Northwest’s largest and most comprehensive unit devoted to treating cancers affecting women.

Stephen Setter, Associate professor of pharmacotherapy, Washington State University

A popular professor with pioneering pharmacy practice Elder Services, Stephen Setter’s contributions to the field of pharmacy reach beyond the arenas of patient care and education. He is an active researcher in the pharmaceutical care of older adults, with notable work in the early detection and resolution of medication discrepancies in home-bound elderly patients, for which WSU received funding from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was one of the founding board members of the Parkinson’s Resource Center of Spokane and often gives free medication consultations to people with Parkinson’s disease.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.