Ann Shimek Receives ASCA’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award


May 21, 2021

Ann Shimek Receives ASCA’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Shimek, RN, CASC

Ann Shimek, RN, CASC

ASCA recognized Ann Shimek, RN, CASC, posthumously, as the winner of this year’s Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community during the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference earlier this month.

Shimek passed away unexpectedly while traveling with family on November 25, 2020. She was 54.

“Ann was a leader, a mentor, a devoted ASC advocate and a great friend,” ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice said as he made the announcement. “She is deeply missed.”

A former ASCA Board member and executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, her volunteer service to the ASC community included membership on ASCA’s Electronic Health Record Stakeholder Group and the ASC Quality Collaboration’s Technical Expert Committee.

Shimek was employed most recently as senior vice president and chief clinical officer at Surgery Partners, but her career in healthcare spanned more than 30 years. She began as a nurse working in various locations in Texas for eight years, then became the clinical director of the Dallas Day Surgery Center. After five years at that facility, she joined United Surgical Partners International where she worked in various positions for 16 years.

The ASCA Board of Directors established the Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to recognize individuals whose contributions have made a difference in the ASC industry. Presented to members of the ASC community with a record of longevity and dedication to ambulatory surgery, the award is named in honor of Nap Gary, who exemplified the qualities of integrity, dedication, mentorship, leadership, loyalty and high ethical and moral standards the award recognizes.