VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Employee Awards Announced

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region held its annual employee recognition dinner honoring staff for their many years of service and outstanding commitment to the agency’s mission. Employees were celebrated for reaching milestone years of service and highlighted employees for specific awards: the Employee of the Year, Unforgettable Employee and HEALTH Matters Award Winners.

This year 37 employees were celebrated for reaching milestone years of service including Sandy Eddy, Quality Improvement Specialist for 45 years of service.

A highlight of the evening was the special recognition awards presented to eight individuals devoted to excellence in their work.

Billing System Specialist, Donna Chapin was named VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year and Betsy Tolliver was awarded the Unforgettable Employee Award. Margaret Burnor, Sarah Thabet, Darian Fagan, Audrey Kowalski, Cathryn (Cat) Blanchard and Alexandra (Alex) Sands were honored as the HEALTH Matters award winners.

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Earning the award this year is Donna Chapin, a 36-year employee. In her nominations as Employee of the Year, Donna was noted as exemplifying the work ethic of the agency, “Donna is extremely hard working and kind, patient and always willing to help anyone with any task. Donna gives her heart and soul to VNA.”

Employee of the Year Named

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Earning the award this year is Donna Chapin, a 36-year employee. In her nominations as Employee of the Year, Donna was noted as exemplifying the work ethic of the agency, “Donna is extremely hard working and kind, patient and always willing to help anyone with any task. Donna gives her heart and soul to VNA.”

The HEALTH Matters awards are selected from an agency-wide recognition program and awards recipients who emulate the core values of Honest, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership, Teamwork, and Helpfulness.

Harry Snyder, Director of Human Resources and departmental managers presented gifts of appreciation to longtime employees and announced the winners. The celebration is held each May during the organization’s week long celebration to recognize employees and for years of service and for outstanding performance.

Donna Chapin was named VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year
Donna Chapin was named VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year

“The dedication and patient-focused commitment shown by our employees is an inspiration. All of our employees, no matter where they work in the organization, have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the care we provide our patients,” said Ron Cioffi, CEO of the VNAHSR. “We are honored that each of them, especially those honored at our recognition dinner, joins us in our mission and commitment to the health of our communities.”