Tony Gross was named Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Year for 2013. Gross, who joined CMH in1979, is often described as “Mr. Positive” and is known for his exceptional customer service and always putting the patients’ needs first.
“Tony is a true professional,” said Rick Haefner, director of food and nutrition services, “He has shown CMH great commitment and is extremely reliable. He has not missed a day of work in over 20 years.”
In addition to Gross, the other nominees for Employee of the Year were Julie Doreo, radiology, Woodrow Wallace, materials management, Sharon Hostetler, finance, Kim Kirby, patient access service center, Judi Jones, quality improvement, Andy Cooksey, plant operations, Eleanor Morgan, level 2, Crystal Gray, case management, Marilyn Montgomery, surgical services, and Thomas Mackall, environmental services.
Anne Lockhart, director of critical care and peri anesthesia services, received the hospital’s Beacon Award, presented to the department leader who exemplifies outstanding leadership skills.
“Anne 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.”
Seven other leaders were also nominated. They were Stephanie Cleveland, director, emergency services, Caroline Combs, manager, progressive care unit, Wilson Hawkins, systems engineering manager, information technology, Kristina Mori, business office manager, Barbara Patterson, revenue cycle project manager, Lynne Pickering, director, education & training, and Mathew Wheaton, director, transitional care unit. Kristina Mori won the Outstanding Leader Award for new, emerging leaders in the organization.
TEAM awards were also presented at the 39th Annual Employee Awards Banquet held on May 16. 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 the PASC team (Patient Access Service Center), CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) team, KeepWell@Work and everyone in the hospital was honored for contributing to CMH making headline news for patient safety.
Additionally, Safety Champion Awards were presented to Julie Doreo and Erin Farley.
In all, the program honored 200 employees who have contributed 2,500 years of service service to Calvert Memorial. The top service award went to Marilyn Montgomery, with Surgical Services for 40 years with CMH.
Eight retirees were also celebrated who together gave 263 years of service: Vernice Brooks, 42 years, materials management, Mary Catterton, 18 years, emergency services, Vera Gray, 52 years, environmental services, Harry Harrod, 37 years, environmental Services, Ella Mae Johnson, 17 years, environmental services, Anna Vanmourik-Maddox, 28 years, behavioral health, Janet Walker, 26 years, behavioral health, and Mary White, 43 years of service, environmental services.