North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Cel­e­brates Em­ployee Ser­vice

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Nancy Goss, spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, New­port, VT,

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Oc­to­ber 12, 2013, North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal and 200 of its em­ploy­ees cel­e­brated ex­cel­lence and mile­stones in achieve­ments at their 27th An­nual Em­ployee Awards Cer­e­mony. The evening cel­e­brated 91 em­ploy­ees re­ceiv­ing awards and recog­ni­tions from 5 years to 35 years of ser­vice. The cer­e­mony was hosted at the Elks, which was dec­o­rated per­fectly for fall and all its glory. Beau­ti­ful mums cen­tered each ta­ble sur­rounded by leaves and acorns; corn stalks and scare­crows were also found through­out the venue. The at­mos­phere was only ex­ceeded by the pos­i­tive en­ergy of the em­ploy­ees. Em­ploy­ees had smiles from ear to ear as they feasted on a buffet of ap­pe­tiz­ers and desserts. They danced to mu­sic as DJ Gor­don Brown kept the mu­sic play­ing and em­ploy­ees even en­joyed their very own photo booth to take home mem­o­ries of the spe­cial night.

The Master of Cer­e­monies, Pres­i­dent and CEO of North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Clau­dio Fort, opened the night wel­com­ing em­ploy­ees and their spouses, friends and fam­i­lies by rec­og­niz­ing all that they had done and their com­mit­ment to pa­tient care and the com­mu­nity.

“I would like to per­son­ally thank all the em­ploy­ees who are here tonight to ei­ther re­ceive recog­ni­tion or to sup­port the North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal fam­ily. It’s through our em­ploy­ees that we main­tain ex­cel­lence in pa­tient qual­ity care; it’s through our em­ploy­ees that we de­liver the best ser­vice pos­si­ble to our com­mu­nity, and it’s through our em­ploy­ees that I look for­ward to com­ing to work each day. All of you de­serve to feel proud tonight as we cel­e­brate the mile­stones of our peers. Again, I thank you all for be­ing here and for your con­tin­ued com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to our hos­pi­tal, its pa­tients and our com­mu­nity”, said Fort.

The guest speaker of the night was Veronika Jedlovszky, MD who rep­re­sented the Med­i­cal Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and the en­tire med­i­cal staff. Doc­tor Jedlovszky gen­uinely thanked em­ploy­ees for their com­mit­ment and con­grat­u­lated all who were to be hon­ored.

Dr.Jedlovszky said, “One of the most grat­i­fy­ing things to see is that you rep­re­sent ev­ery por­tion of North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal. You work in all of the de­part­ments of the hos­pi­tal …You bring the en­tire spec­trum of skills and ded­i­ca­tion that it takes to pro­vide ex­cel­lent care to our pa­tients while giv­ing them a safe and com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment.” She went on to say, “You all play a part in help­ing pa­tients work through the stress and worry of their med­i­cal, emo­tional and so­cial is­sues, guid­ing them through the labyrinth of in­sur­ance and fi­nan­cial mat­ters as well as the mys­tery of reg­u­la­tory sys­tems that are of­ten not par­tic­u­larly pa­tient friendly.”

Dr. Jedlovszky also talked about qual­ity of pa­tient care and its di­rect cor­re­la­tion to at­ten­tive­ness to the pa­tients and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, ef­forts and skills of the staff that keep ev­ery­thing run­ning so smoothly.

Kim Dod­son, Res­pi­ra­tory Out­pa­tient Co­or­di­na­tor for Res­pi­ra­tory Care, was pre­sented with the 2013 V.I.P. Award for her out­stand­ing ser­vice to pa­tient care and com­mit­ment to North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal. It was said that Kim is never to be found without a smile and that her ded­i­ca­tion to asthma ed­u­ca­tion ex­ceeds far out­side the hos­pi­tal walls and around the state. Clau­dio Fort stated that, “Kim is a great as­set to the North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal Fam­ily”.

An­gel Lu­cas was also awarded Em­ployee of the Year for Derby Green. Derby Green ad­min­is­tra­tor Lisa Bohlman said, “It’s a plea­sure to have An­gel as an LNA at Derby Green. She has a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and works well with her team. She quickly be­came an LNA leader and has suc­cess­fully ori­ented new LNAs to the evening shift. She was cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the OASIS train-the-trainer pro­gram and as­sisted the OASIS team in train­ing the staff re­gard­ing de­men­tia care ear­lier this year. An­gel cer­tainly de­serves the Em­ployee of the Year ti­tle!”

The evening con­tin­ued with ser­vice awards for em­ploy­ees with 5 years of ser­vice up to 35 years of ser­vice. Em­ploy­ees are rec­og­nized in mile­stone in­cre­ments of 5, 10, and so on. But it was at year 20 when em­ploy­ees rose to their feet to cheer on fel­low col­league Peter Har­ris, MD as he re­ceived an award for 20 years of ser­vice. As the em­ploy­ees came for­ward they were awarded with pins and gifts in­clud­ing jack­ets or back­packs. Em­ploy­ees were con­grat­u­lated by the en­tire Se­nior Ad­min­is­tra­tive Staff and their di­rect depart­ment man­agers.

The evening ended on a high note with danc­ing, more pho­tos in the photo booth and em­ploy­ees get­ting to con­nect with each other out­side of the work­place. For now it’s back to work for NCH em­ploy­ees, im­ple­ment­ing their tal­ent and skills to serve pa­tients and the com­mu­nity. As al­ways North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal prides it­self by hav­ing a ded­i­cated, car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate staff of em­ploy­ees that also make up our sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. For some, North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal is a place they work for a while but for many, it is a place they call home and stay for years to come.

Kim Dod­son was pre­sented with the 2013 VIP Award for her ex­cep­tional pa­tient care.

An­gel Lu­cas was named the Em­ployee of the Year at Derby Green.

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