FCHN Employees Honored
May 28, 2009
Carol Jackson, event organizer; Bob Zimmerman, Health Information Management director; Mary O'Donal, longest employee; and Tom Hagerstrom, Human Resources director, in back.
The event, coordinated by Carol Jackson of Human Resources, kicked off with a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and background music performed by siblings Christopher and Brittany Rogers. Comments from hospital officials, including board chair Doug Walrath and Rebecca Ryder, FCHN president/CEO preceded the presentation of awards.
Ryder thanked the group for their quality of work. “It’s your level of commitment that makes this organization great,” she said. “The longevity of employment by staff is remarkable compared to other health care organizations and it does impact our quality of care and the patient experience. Bless you for everything you do; I’m thrilled to be a part of this organization.”
More than 120 employees and their guests attended the reception. Certificates and gifts were presented to those employees at five-year milestones and managers were on-hand to provide engaging anecdotes and kind words as employees accepted their gifts.
Mary O’Donal was the employee with the most years of service. O’Donal, who has been employed by the hospital for 48 years, started her career as a nurse’s helper at the original facility on North Main Street. When the new hospital opened at its present location in 1975, O’Donal started out as a unit secretary on the medical/surgical unit then moved to unit secretary in the operating room, before finally settling into the medical records department where she has been for the last 18 years.
Special recognition was also given to employees present with more than 25 years of service, but not at 5-year increments. They included: Winnie Mosher, 31 years, Emergency Department; Tom Hagerstrom, 34 years, Human Resources; Nancy Larue, 42 years, Med/Surg Unit; Jan Bell, 26 years, Med/Surg Unit; Anna Ellrich, 33 years, Purchasing; Rachel Marble, 33 years Health Access; Pam Ernest, 33 years, Nursing; Charlie Woodcock, 34 years, Health Access; Carol James, 44 years, Laundry; June Lane, 26 years, Med/Surg Unit; Deborah Seeley, 33 years, Lab; Roberta Richardson, 44 years, Day Surgery; Michelle Abbott, 27 years, Emergency Department; William Colwell, 27 years, Information Systems; and Charlene Colwell, 27 years, Maternal/Child Health.
At the conclusion of the event a raffle took place in which 18 lucky employees each won a potted plant, garden tool, and seeds.
Franklin Community Health Network is an independent community health care network that includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Health, Evergreen Behavioral Services, NorthStar, and the Healthy Community Coalition.
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