Zawiski Award for Leadership

Renal Healthcare Association
Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership


Each year the Renal Healthcare Association recognizes one dedicated individual who is a thought leader in the kidney care industry by honoring them with the
Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership. This award is named after Mark Zawiski; a dialysis facility administrator who tirelessly worked on behalf of dialysis patients and associations supporting independent dialysis providers. We honor Mark's legacy of service and dedication through this annual award.

Celebrating Outstanding Leaders
These leaders go above and beyond the call of duty, face challenges head-on, and put the interests of patients and their communities above their own. Consider nominating an individual who has made great strides and exemplifies the spirit of Mark Zawiski, an advocate and industry leader for independent dialysis providers.



Nominate An Outstanding Leader Today!

Nomination deadline: July 26, 2024

Past Award Winners

     2023 - Karen Kelley, MHA, BSN, RN, CNN
     2022 - Julie Williams
     2021 - Helen Currier, MA, BSN, CENP, CNN
     2020 - Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
     2019 - Joyce Jackson
     2018 - Lee Spodnik
     2017 - Deb Cote
     2016 - Judith Kari
     2015 - Sue Roturra
     2014 - Douglas Johnson, MD
     2013 - Jeff Lehman
     2012 - Larry Emerson

     2011 - Barry Straube, MD     
     2010 - Stan Langhofer
     2009 - Katrina Russell
     2008 - Mike Cooper
     2007 - Lori Hartwell
     2006 - Ann Strivers
     2005 - Keith Mentz
     2004 - Alex Kemp
     2003 - Ken Chen
     2002 - Diane Wish
     2001 - Anthony Messana
     2000 - Maureen Michael

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This award is named after Mark Zawiski, a dialysis facility administrator renowned for his tireless work on behalf of dialysis patients and the associations that support independent dialysis providers. Mark started his career in the renal industry while attending night school and later served as a patient care technician. He worked his way through college and graduate school as a dialysis technician, and went on to earn his MBA. He worked his way up in the renal industry to the level of facility administrator for several dialysis facilities in the Miami area and became the administrator for two facilities in the Miami area.

Mark excelled in volunteering many hours as President of the Florida Renal Administrators Association (FRAA) and it wasn't long before he started participating in the Renal Healthcare Association (known as NRAA at the time). He served as President of the FRAA and as a Director and then Treasurer for the Renal Healthcare Association. He was a frequent presenter at FRAA and NRAA educational events, graciously sharing his experience and skills to help facilities improve their operations while remaining committed to patient care. He established a working relationship with the Florida Intermediary which allowed the FRAA to become a resource to the Intermediary. He was also instrumental, along with Jeff Lehman, in working with HCFA (CMS predecessor) in establishing and updating the Medicare Cost Report on behalf of the Renal Healthcare Association.

Mark tragically and suddenly passed away at an early age, leaving behind a wife and two young children, and a legacy of service and dedication to the ESRD and dialysis community. He was a friend and supporter of many in the industry. His support locally and nationally is the underlying reason for this award.