May 13, 2016
Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) celebrated National Hospital Week with an employee luncheon on May 11 to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women who support the health and well-being of our communities.
“It is a wonderful week to celebrate the achievements of those who make possible the wonderful care we offer at RCMH,” said Charisse Oland, RCMH Chief Executive Officer. “I am so proud of our staff and what we are accomplishing together.”
Individuals were recognized for demonstrating the RCMH values of Integrity, Compassion, teAmwork, Respect and Excellence (ICARE). Throughout the year, hospital employees and patients had the opportunity to nominate staff for demonstrating one or more of the ICARE values. A committee made up of hospital employees voted on weekly and monthly ICARE Leaders who were recognized at the luncheon. The committee then selected the ICARE Leader of the Year and ICARE Rookie of the Year based on how they applied the values to serve patients, families and colleagues.
ICARE monthly leaders who have been at RCMH for one year or less are eligible for the ICARE Rookie of the Year. The 2016 ICARE Rookie of the Year is Nurse Practitioner Diana Scharine. One of Scharine’s three nominations stated, “As a leader and a team member, she demonstrates respect and consideration of all roles involved with patient care. As a caregiver, Diana attends to all patient needs both professionally and empathetically while handling her role and demands without complaint. I am very proud to work with Diana as she is an excellent leader and example for all of us to follow!”
Kaylee Bugbee was named this year’s ICARE Leader of the Year. Over the past year, Bugbee received multiple nominations and was elected ICARE Leader of the Month twice for being an exemplary role model and exceeding expectations. A nomination card read, “Kaylee went WAY above and beyond her job and showed a tremendous amount of compassion, integrity and her excellence as a caring individual for helping a patient in a time of great need. Her particular actions in this situation make me proud to say I work in facility with such an outstanding individual.”
In addition, Years of Service Awards were given to those who achieved 5, 10, 20 and 25 years of employment at RCMH. The following individuals received years of service awards: Mary Robinson (25), Claudette Jensen (20), Tammy Chojnacki (15), Kim Dorsey (15), Laurie Flohr (10), Theresa Rugroden (10), Tony Schotzko (10), Dawn Wisniewski (10), Santara Gryga (5), Tiffany Johnson (5), Kay Searfoss (5), and Amy Wojcik (5).
“We are pleased to honor the numerous individuals who have dedicated their careers to this healthcare system with many years of service,” said Oland. “We are so very grateful for your loyalty and compassion. You provide us with the stability needed to carry out our mission. It is a privilege to be among you.”
The luncheon concluded with acknowledgement and gratitude to the 70 employees who volunteered behalf of RCMH at community activities and events in 2015.