named Syringa employee of the year
Teresa Lustig, Clinic Receptionist at Syringa Grangeville Clinic, has been named the 2009 Syringa Employee of the Year. Joe Cladohous, Chief Executive Officer, presented the prestigious award to Teresa at the annual employee appreciation event held at the Lions Club Park on Friday, July 31st.
Teresa has been the receptionist/admissions clerk for the Grangeville Clinic since September of 2007. She was nominated by her peers and chosen for her dedication and compassion to the patients and staff. Teresa consistently puts the patients first and many of them look forward to her kind word on the phone or when they come into the clinic. Her supervisor describes her as honest, hard working, reliable and easy to get along with.
“Teresa comes to work every day and treats patients and co-workers with a warm smile and cheery good morning. She is always at her post, meeting patient needs in a cheery manner. Teresa is well deserving of this award and an inspiration to all for her commitment to Syringa Hospital & Clinics,” stated Katy Eimers, Syringa Hospital Human Resource Manager.
Carla Carpenter was honored and awarded her 30 year milestone plaque and money award for her great dedication and service to Syringa. Carla moved to Grangeville after her husband, Bill took a position with the Forest Service. She settled into rural living and then decided to pursue a career in healthcare-something she always thought she would enjoy. ” I have enjoyed learning many skills at Syringa. I have served as a Lab Tech, EMT, ER Tech, CS Tech, purchasing agent and CNA. I also do out- patient EKGS and help out in other areas as needed,” noted Carla. Carla’s newest job title is Activities Director for Syringa’s swing bed program, providing the patient’s with activities that meet their specific needs and interests. “It is very satisfying to make the patients’ stay here feel more like home. You get to know their families as well. That is another bonus,” she added.
Pastor Harold Gott was honored as Syringa’s 2009 Volunteer of the Year. Harold’s name was submitted to the Idaho Hospital Association in consideration fo the Star Garnet Award which recognizes outstanding hospital volunteers. Pastor Gott was the moving force behind Syringa Hospital establishing a chaplaincy program in 2003, has been a contributing member of Syringa’s Hospice Advisory board and has served as a Hopsice staff member from the time of the program’s inception. Harold also serves as Syringa’s Hospice Chaplain and on the Eithic Committee. When staff members were asked to comment on what Harold’s contribution to the hosptial means to them, one stands out among the rest – “He is gifted in sensing the need.” He leads by serving, and inspires the hospital staff to serve the sick and needy by his exemplary, humble, selfless service to others.
Employees of 5, 10 and fifteen years were also recognized Friday evening while employees and their families enjoyed a tasty meal catered by Chuck Wagon Catering, games and friendship.
15-Year Employees: Denise Morrow, RN – Service Coordinator; Elizabeth Marek, LPN –Women’s Health Center.
10-Year Employees: Laurie Rockwell – Foundation Director; Tina Wallace-Clinical Administrative Assistant; Georgia Lance, RN, Pharmacy Technician.
5-Year Employees: Cindy Higgins, BSW- Hospice Social Worker; Lesley Orcutt- ER Admissions Clerk; Beth MacGregor, PT Assistant – Syringa Physical Therapy; Dana Curtiss- Unit Coordinator; Nancy Winkler, HIM File Clerk; Sheila Nelson, MA -Kooskia Clinic; Terry Kalmbach-Housekeeping; Carlan Wilson, CRNA.