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CMH Employee Awards Banquet

CMH names VanEsselstyn as Employee of the Year
Moore receives “Beacon Award” as top manager

Social worker Heidi VanEsselystn was named by Calvert Memorial Hospital as Employee of the Year for 2012. VanEsselstyn, who joined CMH in 2007, is noted for her positive attitude, ability to work well with others and her passion for her patients. 

“Heidi is a true professional,” said Susan Dohony, vice president for quality and risk management. “She is very resourceful, a strong team player and an excellent patient advocate.”

She went on to add, “As a social worker, Heidi is confronted with very emotional situations but she is skilled at gaining the trust of others with ease and always has the patient’s best interest at heart.”

In addition to VanEsselstyn, the other nominees for Employee of the Year were Bryan Tinnerman, desktop systems engineer for information technology; Keturah Gough, patient care technician on medical/surgical Level 2 and Jolene Wagner, core lab supervisor.

Kathy Moore, director of rehabilitative services, received the hospital’s Beacon Award, presented to the department leader who exemplifies outstanding leadership skills. Moore, who joined CMH in 1993, was recognized for her contributions to providing a safer environment for both patients and staff. 

“Kathy is a true leader,” said Dean Teague, chief operating officer at CMH. “She strives to continuously improve service to our customers and solves problems with great care and consideration. Through her leadership she inspires her team to reach their highest potential.”

Four other leaders were also nominated. They were Kara Harrer, director of pharmacy; Jim Marcum, manager of security; Bobbie Vess, director of radiology and Heather Wright, director of cardiopulmonary services.

TEAM awards were also presented at the 38th Annual Employee Awards Banquet held on April 13. They recognized four diverse hospital teams for developing and implementing new and innovative ways of delivering care and raising the bar on patient satisfaction and quality. The honorees were guest services, the hostess program, the smart pump initiative and the rapid medical evaluation team in the emergency department.

Additionally, Safety Champion Awards were presented to those departments that achieved excellence in hand hygiene. Proper hand washing is key to preventing the spread of disease and infection.

In all, the program honored 163 employees who have contributed 2,089 years of service, including six retirees who together gave 163 years of service to Calvert Memorial. The top service award went to Ardelia Nelson, a supervisor in food and nutrition services, for 40 years with CMH.

Additionally, CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis’ 25-year milestone was celebrated with a surprise video presentation and remarks by longtime board member Cliff Stewart. “Being a CEO of an independent hospital is a highly complex responsibility that requires an in-depth knowledge of finance, technology, patient care and quality,” said Stewart. “Our community is so fortunate to have someone of his years of leadership experience.”

Retirees Thelma Martinez, post anesthesia care unit, 27 years; Judy Dowell, nine years, behavioral health unit; Joan Robertson, 21 years, food and nutrition services; Patricia Height, 36 years, food and nutrition services; Joanne Robinson, 24 years, behavioral health unit and Ginny Bumgarner, 27 years, administration, were also honored for their years of service.

Social worker Heidi VanEsselstyn was named by Calvert Memorial Hospital as Employee of the Year for 2012.

Kathy Moore, director of Rehabilitative Services, received the hospital’s Beacon Award, presented to the department leader who exemplifies outstanding leadership skills.

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