Hospital staff recognized for dedication

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Four Bartlett Regional Hospital staff members were recognized Tuesday evening for their dedication and abilities.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation gives two peer awards, a volunteerism award and a humanitarian award to nominated employees.

Linda Wild and Anna Dindinger won the peer recognition awards.

Nurse Debi Ballam nominated Dindinger. Ballam began working with her this summer in Clinical Microsystems training. Ballam said Dindinger worked very hard to make the development team happen and was willing to come in on days off to "improve the experience for the patient."

Cynthia Nickerson and Nancy Duhaime nominated Wild. who called her a dedicated professional who played an important role in developing and overseeing different aspects of the hospital.

"In the hospital setting she finds time in her busy schedule to listen to her staff when problems arise and models and open style of communication," her nomination form reads.

They also cite her efforts in teaching a nutrition class at UAS and volunteers for women and men health forums.

Jo Boehme, an occupational therapist, received the Verna Carringan Humanitarian Award, which gives recognition for extraordinary contribution to the improvement of health care in the community. Boehme's nomination form said the 16-year Bartlett employee has served on the state licensing board, works for Hospice and Home Care and frequently serves on hospital committees. She visits home bound elderly and ailing in the community and other rehabilitation services.

"Jo is a topnotch clinician at whatever she does," the nomination form said. "She is a consummate professional and frequently receives compliments from patients for her care and dedication."

Lennie Gorsuch has served on the hospital board for 14 years and has been awarded the Edna Woodman Volunteerism Award.

"Lennie brings energy, insight and enthusiasm to her volunteer work," the nomination form states. "Both time and quality of Lennie's service are a testimonial to her love of Juneau and its community hospital."

The nomination form also said that Gorsuch has significant responsibilities as a board member, and she handles them with "tremendous grace and professionalism."

Bartlett CEO Shawn Morrow said the awards are always fun because it adds a lot of positive energy.

"It's fun to hear the positive comments about their peers," he said. "I've really enjoyed participating in these events. You see people who have donated hours and hours of their time - usually people that are doing that don't want the recognition and you normally don't hear about it."

Tricia Sine, executive director of the Foundation, said the Foundation also gave its annual financial gift to the hospital Tuesday. This year, it's $30,000 to purchase a bariatric bed. Currently, if the hospital needs one, it has to rent one from Anchorage, which is not only costly but it takes days to receive.

The Foundation also is giving $6,500 for an incubator. The incubator funds were given via a grant from the Magistro Family Foundation, specifically for that piece of equipment.

Donation amounts have varied since the foundation began giving them in 1996. Some years it's been $2,000 (for an AED unit), while other years it's given $300,000 (to build the Bartlett House). Sine said the amount given not only depends upon how many funds they raise, but also what item the Foundation board chooses to fund in a given year. The hospital provides a needs list and the Foundation decides on what it can provide.

"We're very grateful for the foundation for all that they do," Morrow said. "They've done some amazing things in the community."

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@ juneauempire.com.



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