Associate Recognition

Associate of the Year:
Laura Nelson - Acute Care

Linda Freeman









Laura Nelson, an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS, received the Associate of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. She will receive the Caring Kind Award in Lincoln in October. Each year, Valley County Health System nominates their Associate of the Year for this honor.

Pictured: Nelson with members of her family receives her Associate of the Year award from William T. Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS

Associate of the 1st Quarter:
Rhonda Bredthauer - Housekeeping

Rhonda Bredthauer has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 1st Quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Bredthauer for the honor, a co-worker discussed how she portrays the values of VCHS. "Rhonda shows integrity by always doing the right thing and it’s obvious that it is important to her. Not only does she do the right thing but she helps her fellow associates to do the right thing as well. Rhonda gives everything she has everyday she comes to work. Rhonda is a very compassionate person. If you are hurting she is hurting right along with you. She truly cares for those around her and will do all she can to help. Rhonda has the most active desire to brighten people’s day. Ownership is something that comes natural to Rhonda. She takes pride in her work. She treats the facility as it is her own and it is not uncommon to see her go above and beyond when cleaning. Rhonda always shows respect to everyone she comes in contact with. Regardless of the situation she remains composed and respectful. Rhonda is honest and trustworthy, period. You can confide in her and know that you can trust her.“

Bredthauer is a Housekeeper at Valley County Health System, where she has been employed since November 2012.

Pictured: Bredthauer (2nd from left) pictured with her mother Myrtle Skolil (second from right) and husband Paul (right) receives her Associate of the Quarter award from William T. Sugg, President and CEO of VCHS (left).





Associate Recognition

Gold Star Award

Mary Maret

Mary is always willing to help where ever needed. She is always smiling and makes everyone feel welcomed. Mary takes time out of busy work day to lend a hand to Co-Associates and patients.

Mary noticed that a couple was having quite a time getting to acute care to visit a patient. They sat for a while admiring the beautiful scenery and after a moment of catching their breath the gentleman asked Mary if they could borrow a wheel chair. Mary being Mary responded "Wait here for one minute." She re-appeared with a wheel chair and wheeled the visiting lady to the room of the patient that they were here to visit. Her husband walking beside his wife as they journeyed down the hall. Happy conversation, smiles and laughter took the place of a difficult journey.

Mary showed, compassion, ownership, respect, integrity and most of all shared a great moment of trust with the visiting couple. People taking care of people, that's why we all are here! Mary you are a Gold Shining Star!





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