NRAA Honors Judith Kari with 2016 Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership

A Welsh proverb says, “[He or she] who would be a leader must also build a bridge.”

 Debbie Cote, NRAA Board of Director and Past President, accepting CMS' Award of Appreciation on behalf of NRAA, presented by Judith Kari at the 2015 Annual NRAA Conference
Debbie Cote, NRAA Board of Director and Past President, accepting CMS' Award of Appreciation on behalf of NRAA, presented by Judith Kari at the 2015 Annual NRAA Conference
 
 
 
If this is true, then Judith Kari has passed the test of leadership twenty times over.
 
We are proud to announce Judith Kari, Technical Director of ESRD Survey & Certification at CMS, as the 2016 recipient of the Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership.
 
For decades, Kari has been building invaluable bridges between NRAA and CMS, especially when it comes to the ESRD Core Survey Process.
 
With NRAA’s Quality Committee, Kari provided invaluable direction and support. Her passion regarding survey and certification issues and the Life Safety Code has greatly influenced the national renal regulatory community.
 
Kari’s dedication to NRAA initiatives has also created new pathways for independent providers to improve the lives of patients nationwide.
 
About the Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership
 
The NRAA Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership is presented every year to recognize someone in the ESRD industry who has dedicated themselves to making positive strides for ESRD patients, providers and facilities.
 
The award is named after Mark Zawiski, former NRAA Treasurer, President and Director. Zawiski worked tirelessly to strengthen NRAA relationships with outside organizations, facilities and regulatory agencies. For 17 years, NRAA has assigned this award to ESRD leaders and advocates who share that same commitment to the cause.
 
This Year’s Selection Process
 
Each recipient is selected by a panel of past award winners, who are challenged to review a list of impressive nominees.
 
This year, our nominees included physicians, providers, nurses and administrators who have given so much to the dialysis community. We certainly had our work cut out for us.
 
However, when the accolades rolled in about Kari and her decades of contributions, we knew that this year was the year for Kari to receive this honor.
 
Here are what just a few previous award recipients had to say:
 
“[Kari] was instrumental in helping to change the provider perception of CMS Survey though opening CMS Survey training.”
 
“[Kari] is a champion of process innovation and has one of the greatest and most recognizable laughs in the community.”
 
“A true friend to NRAA, her efforts continue to raise awareness that CMS is vested in dialysis providers’ success.”
 

Sue Rottura, 2015 Zawiski Award winner, thanked Kari personally for “working tirelessly and collaboratively to promote mutual understanding between NRAA and CMS.”
 
Without Kari’s help, leadership and support, our members would not have the robust relationship we have today with CMS. Neither would a number of dialysis organizations across the U.S.
 
It is clear we owe Kari a huge debt of thanks.
 
We can also all agree that she is well deserving of this honor. Hats off to Judith Kari and all of the 2016 Mark Zawiski Award nominees!