FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2023

Southwest, Colo.-  Axis Health System was announced as the nonprofit winner of the 2023 NAVEX Excellence in Ethics and Compliance Award. Navex is the leader in integrated risk and compliance management software. Axis is among the organizations selected that represent some of the most innovative, impactful, and successful risk and compliance programs in practice today. Award winners were selected by a committee of risk and compliance industry experts who evaluated more than sixty nominations across several award categories. Navex’s Customer Excellence Awards acknowledges and affirms those who have harnessed innovation and charted pathways to success through their commitment to program excellence.

Axis’ Ethics and Compliance program is founded on principles from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ Seven Elements of an Effective Compliance Program. The program’s motto, “there are no mistakes, only lessons,” emphasizes a growth mindset, promoting continuous improvement and evolution of the program. The benefits are evident in the positive impact on response and risk mitigation.

Selection of this year’s award recipients was up to a stellar panel of judges that included Matt Kelly, CEO of Radical Compliance, LLC. “One point that struck me again and again when reviewing submissions was the pressing nature of the business problems today’s compliance professionals must solve,” said Kelly. “Issues faced range from law enforcement investigations to international regulations to corporate culture weaknesses. The winners here demonstrated an ability to surmount these challenges and do so at scale.”

“These award-winning organizations stand out because they demonstrate how a next-level risk and compliance program contributes to organizational resilience and a stronger workplace culture,” explains Steve Chapman, Chief Customer Officer at NAVEX. “It is a privilege to recognize the innovation and creativity our customers apply to their programs.”

Excellence in Ethics and Compliance Award

The Excellence in Ethics and Compliance category recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to building and maintaining an ethical workplace exhibited through a culture of compliance. The winners are:

Axis Health System – Nonprofit

CannonDesign – SMB (North America)

MODE Global, LLC – SMB (North America)

JELD-WEN, Inc. – Enterprise (North America)

PepsiCo, Inc. – Enterprise (North America)

Pilot Company – Enterprise (North America)

Stellantis N.V. – Enterprise (International)

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents – Education

To learn more about the awards and this year’s winners, visit the NAVEX’s Customer Excellence Awards page.

Photograph: Key members of Axis’ Ethics and Compliance Team (left to right), Amber Manwaring, MBA-HC, CHC, MLS(ASCP)CM, Director of Ethics and Compliance, Shay Denning, JD, Chief Legal Officer, Melisa Dillon, RHIT, CHCA, Manager of HIM and Coding Compliance


Axis Health System is an experienced rural and frontier healthcare provider, established in 1960, and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit. Axis is a Licensed Behavioral Health Provider, a licensed Substance-Use Disorder Treatment Provider, and a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designated Community Health Clinic (CHC). Axis provides behavioral, oral, primary, and crisis healthcare.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Haley Leonard, Public Relations Director, Axis Health System, 970.335.2207 or