SCKMC Celebrates Staff During National Hospital Week

May 17, 2012

National Hospital Week is the nation's largest healthcare event. The annual celebration dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide festival would alleviate public fears about hospitals while promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public.

This year's event was held from May 6 - 12. South Central Kansas Medical Center participated by scheduling a full slate of activities for staff in order to celebrate the efforts of the hospital team and the care they provide the community.

One of the main activities each year at the medical center is the years of service recognition luncheon held for the special individuals who have provided dedicated service in their field. Honorees are presented with achievement pins commemorating the number years they have been employed at the medical center. This year's recipients included:

5 year pins - Cynthia Brzycki, Patricia Davis, Tami Eiselt, Holly Harper, Angela Kelly, Emily McKenna, Laura Ramirez, Kathy Russell, Catherine Valencia, William Werntz

10 year pins - David Dornhoffer, Valerie Reed, Vicki Saltsman, Erica Trillo

15 year pin - Cassie Crocker, Becky Hewitt, Mike Metzinger, Mitch Speer

"SCKMC is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and supportive staff. These team members have reflected that commitment- for which the organization is deeply grateful," said CEO Steve Perkins.

Additional hospital week activities included an ice cream social, a "fast fowl" rubber ducky race, donut day provided by the hospital Auxiliary, and staff being served breakfast by hospital administration. The events represent a small token of appreciation for a year's worth of hard work by the medical staff.

Photo: SCKMC Maintenance Department Team Leader, Larry Hemel (left), presents Mike Metzinger with his 15 year service pin during National Hospital Week.