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HVCH recognizes employees

“Our community is blessed because of the courage and resilience of the employees at Hocking Valley Community Hospital,” said President & CEO Stacey Gabriel as they celebrated hospital week May 9-15, 2021.

In the annual recognition ceremony, Gabriel shared with staff their importance at HVCH and the challenges they faced over the past year. “You embraced a year where you were challenged physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You wore copious amounts of PPE to ensure protection from an unknown virus. We processed information and abided by guidance that seemed to change hourly on some days. We asked families to remain home when loved ones were admitted, and turned to visitation through a window to keep patients, staff, and family as safe as we possibly could. All of this felt very strange to us but we did what was necessary for our community and each other.”

Gabriel also thanked families of staff for their selflessness as “It did not go unnoticed your families played a significant role in your ability to continue doing what you do. As hard and scary as it was at times, they supported you in your efforts to make a difference. For that, we are grateful.”

“The last year has been uncomfortable to say the least, but we can finally see light at the end of this long, proverbial tunnel,” Stacey reminded staff. “The fight against COVID is not quite over, but we get closer with each passing day. We were unable to celebrate hospital week in 2020, and I am so glad we are able to gather together today. Today we celebrate all of you for what you have endured over the past year. I will never be able to thank you
enough for your unwavering dedication to serve those in need.”

HVCH recognized staff who have given 889 years collectively to the hospital.

Celebrating 10 years of service are:

  • Robert Wentz, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Elizabeth Coulardot, Operating Room Technician
  • Lisa Jordan Castle, Nursing Supervisor
  • Laura Bentley, RN, ED
  • Karla Good, RN, SCU
  • Sarah Kilbarger, RN, Outpatient Clinic
  • Austin Walton, Respiratory Therapist
  • Amanda Rose, Patient Registration Clerk

Employees with 15 years of service are:

  • Rajeshri Ram, MHT, Behavioral Health Unit
  • Alison Herges, RN, Behavioral Health Unit
  • Brian Longnecker, Director Information Services
  • Molly Ellinger, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Gina Burgess, Dietary Aide, Nutrition Services
  • Cheryl Sampson, Rehab Office Coordinator
  • Matthew Davis, Operating Room Technician

Employees who have served at HVCH for 20 years are:

  • Mindy Davis, Director of Infection Control
  • Karen Standiford, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Eileen Grywalski, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Rebecca McCarty, Physical Therapist
  • Julie Freeland, Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Andrea Wright, Occupational Therapist
  • Rebekah Driscoll, Medical Records Coder
  • Romona Delong, Dietary Aide, Nutrition Services
  • Andrea Canale, Unit Secretary, Emergency Dept
  • Ward Murrey, Nuclear Medicine

30 year honorees are:

  • Peach Hutchison, Medical Records Clerk
  • Janelle Green, Director of Performance Improvement and Environmental Services
  • Mary Chorniak, RN, Surgery

And, staff who have worked at HVCH for more than 30 years are:

  • 31 years – Crescent Rooker, RN, Emergency Department
  • 31 years – Rana Goss, RN, Inpatient Services
  • 31 years – Missy Poling, Director Social Services
  • 31 years – Jane Shannon, RN, Behavioral Health
  • 32 years – Kandy Fizer, Director of Education
  • 32 years – Teresa Downs, RN SCU
  • 34 years – Holly Gompf, RN Outpatient Clinic
  • 35 years – Lori Linton, Nursing Supervisor
  • 37 years – Sheri Thompson, Payroll Coordinator
  • 39 years – Geoff Perry, Director Plant Operations
  • 39 years – Letha Burrell, RN Surgery
  • 42 years – Marilyn Johnson, Office Assistant Surgery