Employee of the Quarter (3rd Quarter)
Debbie Graves, LPN - Medical Clinic
Debbie Graves, LPN, was named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2015-2016 year. The VCHS Employee of the Quarter is awarded to a nominated employee who exemplifies the values of VCHS – integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.
VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke presented Graves with the award on April 22.
“Debbie is always kind, soft spoken and sincere in all she does, […] and she always follows through to make sure each patient she works with is taken care of,” the nomination, in part, read. “Debbie often shows praise for the good others bring to the workplace, while she is also not afraid to help teach when things are not done the best they can be.”
Graves joins previous VCHS Employee of the Quarter award recipients Paula Sherburne, a VCHS insurance biller, and Lindsey Oldaker, PT, for consideration for the VCHS Employee of the Year award.
Employee of the Quarter (2nd Quarter)
Lindsey Oldaker, PT, DPT - Rehabilitation Services
Lindsey Oldaker, PT, DPT, was recently named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Oldaker, who during the past year completed specialized training and expanded women’s health rehabilitation services at VHCS, was nominated by her coworkers for exemplifying the VCHS values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.
"Lindsey is always willing to adjust her schedule to help others out. She is always willing to come in early, stay late, or even sees a patient over the lunch hour to accommodate the patient's needs and schedule," the nomination, in part, read.
The nomination explained that Oldaker’s first women’s health patient last year was nervous and unsure of what to expect when arriving for her first appointment; however, “Lindsey took the time to explain everything to the patient and reassure the patient that they were not alone. When that patient left that day, they came out of the room with a smile on their face and kindly thanked Lindsey for giving them their life back. Lindsey is changing people’s lives and giving them hope!”
Two other Employee of the Quarter recipients will join Oldaker and Paula Sherburne, a VCHS insurance biller and first quarter recipient, at the end of the fiscal year for consideration for the Employee of the Year award.
Employee of the Quarter (1st Quarter)
Paula Sherburne - Patient Financial Services
Paula Sherburne has been named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Sherburne, an insurance biller in the VCHS Patient Financial Services Department, was nominated by her coworkers for exemplifying the VCHS values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.
"Paula has the patience of a saint when it comes to insurance follow up. She is persistent with working on her claims until she gets an answer and the issue is resolved ... [and] with many tasks thrown her way, Paula takes on the challenges without complaining," the nomination, in part, read.
Aside from praising her dedication to her job, the nomination noted Sherburne's friendly and positive demeanor.
"Paula is the first to applaud and praise coworkers on all accomplishments, big or small. She truly cares about others and takes the time to listen to them," her nomination said. "Paula is the friendly smile and warm 'hello' to patients, visitors and employees that she meets in the hallway, and who can overlook her amazing candy dish that she personally supplies?!"
Three other Employee of the Quarter recipients will join Sherburne at the end of the fiscal year for consideration for the Employee of the Year award.
Gold Star Award
"Dawn Sweesy is a great asset to VCHS in the Acute and ER departments. She represents the core values every shift she works.
Ownership: Dawn takes ownership every shift to ensure that our patients receive the best care. She holds those around her to a standard, and she is an excellent advocate for the patients. As a charge nurse, she keeps the staff working together to provide high quality care.
Compassion: Dawn cares about her coworkers and patients. She has a desire to alleviate suffering and improve the health of every patient she works with.
Integrity: Dawn is great at the hard things. When having a dilemma with patient care, she is available to talk it through with you and help decide what is in the patient’s best interest. She encourages ethical behavior and expects follow through.
Respect: Dawn has an amazing sense of humor and is fun to work with because she treats all patients and coworkers with respect. Dawn’s leadership abilities encourage good working relationships and mutual respect.
Trust: Dawn exemplifies a reliable and responsible coworker. She has a large knowledge base and wealth of experience and is a good teacher. Dawn is available to help when problems arise and exudes trustworthiness with the patients."