Rome Hospital communicator honored by Genesis Group

     Nov. 5, 2010

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Assistant Vice President of Communications/Marketing, Cassie Evans Winter, was one of 10 young professionals and entrepreneurs recognized as a 2010 Mohawk Valley Young Leader by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region.

    Winter accepted the inaugural “STRIVING4Success Award” at a luncheon Thursday, Nov. 4 at The Yahnundasis Golf Club, New Hartford.

    The Genesis Group believes in the importance of recognizing and honoring the region’s young professionals and entrepreneurs who go above and beyond while excelling in their career field, according to Ray Durso, Jr. Genesis executive director. He cited this year’s honorees’ dedication to their professions as well as their community.

    When accepting her award, Winter reflected on her mother’s guiding words, “You will be judged by the company that you keep.”

    “I am fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people in my professional and personal life,” Winter continued. “Each day they inspire me because they dream big and then put in the hard work to make things happen.”

    “Rome Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have Cassie Winter as one of our own,” said President/Chief Executive Officer Darlene Burns, RN, MS. “Under her leadership, our Public Relations Department has enhanced the community’s awareness and appreciation of the hospital’s services and the hospital’s role as a community asset.”

    “Her future is exceptionally bright and we are proud of her accomplishments and recognition,” Burns added.

    As assistant vice president of communications/marketing, Winter is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to foster an ongoing exchange of information between the hospital’s stakeholders in support of its mission.

    “Cassie is recognized as a leader among her colleagues and her friends,” said Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Basil Ariglio, Winter’s immediate supervisor. “She is a person who successfully juggles a demanding career and a growing family with energy to spare to devote to serving her community and working toward her own personal best. I am truly proud to have her as a member of the hospital’s senior management team.”

    A graduate of Camden Central High School, Winter returned to the Mohawk Valley after earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M, College Station. She was employed by the Rome Sentinel Company for seven years before joining the hospital’s staff as its public relations manager in 1998. She was promoted to assistant vice president communications/marketing in 2006.

    Cassie is a member of the Jervis Public Library Board of Trustees, a volunteer at the Humane Society of Rome, and has been involved with the Rome Boilermaker Training Program to help people live a healthier lifestyle through the sport of running.

    Winter has been involved in the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Committee, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, the Oneida County Health Coalition, and City of Rome collaborative emergency preparedness initiatives.

    She and her husband, Arthur, reside in Taberg with their sons, David and Nathan, and niece, Meaghan.

    Genesis launched the “STRIVING4Success Awards” following the discontinuation of the Accent on Excellence program, which ended in 2009.