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Award winners, weight losers feted at CMH banquet

April 16 was a night to salute champions. Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH) held its 36th Annual Employee Awards Banquet at the Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. The theme of this year's event was "Champions of Care."

"You are all amazing," CMH Board of Directors Chairman Sally Showalter told the large gathering of employees.

"Each and everyone of you is a champion," added Wendy Rezza, who served as the emcee for the evening.

James J. Xinis, CMH president and CEO, spoke about the loyalty of Calvert County's citizens in its solid support of the hospital.

"That loyalty is based on little things," said Xinis, noting that small acts of kindness toward patients and their families do not go unrecognized and unappreciated.

Xinis also thanked the employees for helping CMH earn recognition as one of six outstanding hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In addition to the Star Awards, which were presented to: the best inpatient unit and departments excelling in clinical support, community and ambulatory services, CMH employees who reached milestones in their careers at the hospital were recognized with service awards.

Arguably, one of the major highlights of the evening was 40-year employee Mary White's receipt of her award for her lengthy service.

Four employees: registered nurses Kathleen Bryant and Dale Yoe; distribution technician June Diane Jones and nurse manager Janice McBain were saluted since this year marks their retirement from CMH. Jones was employed at CMH for 37 years, Yoe for 35 years, McBain for 31 years and Bryant for 22 years.

The Leadership Beacon Award was presented to Diane Couchman, director of perioperative services.

"I have wonderful people who work with me every day," said Couchman, who directs the same-day surgery and post-anesthesia care units along with pre-admission testing, central sterile processing and pain management. Couchman oversees a staff of 80 in six operating rooms that handle approximately 500 surgeries per month.

The CMH Outstanding Performance Award for Employee of the Year was presented to Angela Clubb, the PI Coordinator for CMH's quality management department.

On a "lighter" note, employees who have excelled in the 12-week effort to "win at losing" received plaudits during the evening's awards ceremony. Over 200 CMH employees signed letters of commitment to participate in "Buddy-Up to Lighten-Up." The goal is for the participating CMH employees to shed one ton of weight.

"We are a healthier hospital and we are taking up a lot less space these days," Rezza quipped.

In addition to a savory buffet dinner, CMH employees who attended the event, enjoyed music, laughter and entertainment, supplied by Mario Rocco and his 1950s and 60s floor show.

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