SITKA - Etsuko Osbekoff, a clinical nurse specialist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, will be honored by the Indian Health Service Dec. 13 at the National Director's Award Ceremony in North Bethesda, Md.
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Etsuko is being honored for 40 years of federal service, all at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. She started working at the hospital as a clinical nurse in November 1967. She was promoted to supervisory clinical nurse in August 1975, and moved into her current position as clinical nurse specialist in October 1978.
"Etsuko is one of the most dedicated, hard working employees I know," said Frank Sutton, SEARHC Vice President of Hospital Services. "She can be found at all hours at the hospital, or working in her office getting the information she needs to do her job. It is hard to get her to take time off because she is so dedicated to the job. Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital has been extremely fortunate having her in the utilization review position, as multiple changes in this area have been made over the years."
At the awards ceremony, IHS Acting Director Robert McSwain will present Etsuko with a token of appreciation for her years of hard work and dedication.
In a letter informing Etsuko about her award and trip to the Washington, D.C., area, Christopher Madregan, the Alaska Area Native Health Service director for IHS who recently was appointed Acting Deputy Director of IHS, wrote: "I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude for all your contributions throughout the years. It is through individuals like you that the Indian Health Service has been able to make a difference in the lives of the American Indians and Alaska Natives whom we serve. I wish you all the best with your continuing career and future life endeavors."