Employees of Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) took center stage at the Equinox Hotel for the agency’s annual employee award celebration. The yearly event recognizes employees who have reached years-of-service milestones and highlights employees for specific awards: the Employee of the Year, Unforgettable Employee(s) and HEALTH Matters Award Winners.
This year, 34 employees received special recognition with Colleen Moore as the recipient of the award for 40 years of service, others included: one 35-year award; one 30-year; three 25-year; four 20-year; nine 15-year; three 10 year and 11 five year.
Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator Andrew Carlson was named VNAHSR’s 2016 Employee of the Year; and Laura Gillis, Scott Tommola, Roxanne Kalifen, Wendy Daley, Patty Andrews and Susie Senecal were honored as the HEALTH Matters award winners. Arlene Ladd and Colleen Moore were recognized with the Unforgettable Awards.
The Employee of the Year is selected from nominations submitted by their colleagues based on their commitment to exceeding expectations in their work and in support or comfort of patients and their families. The HEALTH Matters awards are selected from a monthly recognition program, and awards recipients who emulate the core values of Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership, Teamwork, and Helpfulness.
Ron Cioffi, CEO personally 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.
Andrew Carlson Named Top Employee
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 Andrew Carlson, who joined VNAHSR in 2015 as Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator.
In his role, Andrew was honored as a patient advocate, hospice team member, and leader.
In his nominations as Employee of the Year, several people noted Andrew’s deep compassion, “Andrew sees hospice patients and families at a critical juncture in their lives…he gently helps them providing amazing care, compassion, and service when they need it most. He is a strong, positive ambassador for the hospice program and our agency in the community. He holds weekly bereavement support group meetings and works with other local agencies who need his special kind of care.”
“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.”