Mountain Home VA Healthcare System
Dietitian Receives National VA Award
MOUNTAIN HOME, TN— A registered dietitian at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center was recently selected for a national award in leadership.
Tia Filhiol, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Dietitian within the Whole Health System at the VAMC, has been named the 2018 recipient of the VHA Nutrition and Food Services Excellence in Emerging Leadership Award.
This award is given annually to a Registered Dietitian who has been employed by VHA for five years or less and had a significant contribution locally or nationally that improved Veteran care.
“I am pleased to be recognized for my contributions during the past year and attribute these successes in part to the strength and leadership of those who surround me,” Filhiol said. “I tend to think of myself as an individual who tries to bring her best to every person and situation and am humbled that it has been regarded as leadership. This honor has helped me to reflect on my hard work and inspires me to remain excited about the wonderful care that I am giving when interacting with my peers, colleagues, and the Veterans that I serve.”
Filhiol was nominated by her supervisor for the award. In her nomination letter, Angela Gervais, Registered Dietitian and manager of both the MOVE! Weight Management Program and Bariatric Surgery Program pointed out contributions to the medical center that make Filhiol worthy of the award. She not only serves in her capacity under Nutrition and Food Services but went above and beyond by volunteering for a local leadership program and a staff fitness event, provided on-site cooking demonstrations and appeared on WJHL DayTime Tri-Cities, and has served on the Farmers Market committee working to bring the first-ever Farmers Market to the medical center grounds.
“Ms. Filhiol is not only emerging as the kind of clinical leader whose shining example compels others to naturally follow, but also embodies the mission and core values of the Veterans Health Administration by acting with integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence each and every day. For these reasons I would like to nominate her for national recognition as an emerging leader in our profession,” Gervais wrote.
Additionally, Dr. Julie Culligan, Psychologist and Health Behavior Coordinator at the medical center, contributed to the nomination by offering a strong letter of recommendation for Filhiol.
“Ms. Filhiol recently transferred into our newly created Functional Nutrition Dietitian position within the Whole Health System,” Culligan wrote. “To be blunt, Ms. Filhiol has jumped in feet first and made things happen. Using quality improvement strategies, she has creatively developed new and innovative programs, with many more ideas in the planning and implementation phases.”
“Ms. Filhiol is an early career dietitian who is making the difference in the lives of our Veterans each day,” Culligan continued. “She has a sharp mind, great ideas, and the skills to work within complicated systems to create change. We’re proud that she’s on our team.”