FCHN Employees Honored at Annual Reception
84 employees commended for their contributions
October 13, 2011
Mary O'Donal (left) was acknowledged as the employee with 50 years of service.
Popular comedian Tim Sample provided the entertainment.
The University of Maine at Farmington’s North Dining Hall was the festive setting for the recent annual employee recognition banquet for Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN). Employees with 15 or more years of service and at five-year milestones were invited to attend.
Rebecca Ryder, FCHN president/CEO, welcomed the group and thanked everyone for the quality of their work. “The vision of FCHN is to be the best rural health care organization in New England by expressing values of pride, innovation, caring, and excellence. You do this every day and this vision would not be possible without you—our employees—the most important resource in any organization,” she said. “Employee retention is critical to the long-term health and success of any business. The 84 employees receiving certificates today are therefore acknowledged and commended for your contributions toward the evolution and success of this health system.”
Employees and their guests attended the banquet that included a delicious meal, entertainment by the popular comedian Tim Sample, and a booklet with anecdotes from a supervisor or colleague about each employee.
“This year, we have made some exciting changes to this recognition event that we hope will “wow” you. Our major and most thrilling change is our gift to you—a cash gift based upon your years of service. Those who have 15 years of service will receive $300 and for every additional five years of service another $100 is added until we peak with a $1,000 gift for our employee being recognized for 50 years of service,” Ryder said to the applause of those in attendance.
Mary O’Donal was acknowledged as the employee with 50 years of service. O’Donal started her career as a nurse’s helper at the original facility on the Fairbanks Road. 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 20 years.
Long-term employees: Nancy Larue, med/surg unit coordinator; Carol James, lead laundry aide; Bill Nurse, medical lab histologist; and Susan Spear, patient registrar; were recognized for 40 or more years of service.
An additional recognition event will be happening on October 17 in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital for employees celebrating their fifth or tenth years.
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 of Greater Franklin County.
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