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Caring Kind Award Nomination for Dave McAtee


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

​Care and compassion are most often used to describe direct patient care. For those of us in health fields, we know patient care is part of every encounter and every touchpoint, and that environments have healing powers, too.

This year, Boys Town National Research Hospital nominated Dave McAtee, Director of Facilities at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Boys Town, Nebraska for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.

Positive, cheerful, problem-solver and respectful and just a few words used by colleagues to describe Dave. Since joining Boys Town Hospital in 2011, he has been instrumental in facility planning to meet the needs of our growing services, such as the hospital’s Residential Treatment Centers, Neuroscience Clinic, Advanced Care Unit, Hospital Inpatient Unit, 72nd Street Medical Clinics, Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and several clinics across the metro area.

Keeping patients and families first, Dave is insightful and forthcoming with any concerns or potential issues that may have an impact on the care our community has come to know and trust from us. Hospital leaders value his input, problem-solving and collaboration with clinical teams to arrive at regulatory compliant solutions.

​​​​​​​​Dave McAtee

Dave McAtee

Director of Facilities
Boys Town National Research Hospital

“Dave is fully committed to supporting quality patient care and patient safety,” said Lori Umberger, Chief Nurse Executive at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Examples of Dave’s behind-the-scenes care included working round-the-clock to address an air conditioning issue to make sure care areas remained cool and operable. In addition to supporting patient care, Dave has given many off-duty hours to make sure our facilities are first-impression ready for Boys Town hosted community events.

“Dave is the go-to guy who you can count on to get the job done,” said Roger Ernst, Associate Administrator of Facilities. “Nothing is too big or too small when it comes to supporting patient care and our mission. Dave is a huge asset to Boys Town Hospital.”

Dave’s caring kind is also shared internally. He leads a team of facility engineers and maintenance support and takes the time to help educate and train his team to give the best service to our internal customers and the patients we serve. Dave also serves on the Village of Boys Town safety committee.

On call 24/7, handing emergency calls, planning for facility growth, problem-solving rising engineering concerns all while ensuring a safe and clean environment - that’s what Dave McAtee does each and every day to support best care and safety practices at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

​Congratulations Dave, on your deserving nomination for the Caring Kind Award.