NSHC employees earn recognition

A dozen employees from different parts of the Norton Sound Health Corporation were asked to take a timeout from their jobs last week and drop in on the full Board of Directors meeting.

It is a rare and special moment when the whole NSHC board is able to visit with employees who are on the front lines, making a difference in health care for the entire region. One this day, the board recognized the 2015 NSHC annual awards recipients for their outstanding work to uphold the corporate values and for going above and beyond their job descriptions.

Norton Sound has six corporate values: Pride, Teamwork, Compassion, Always Learning and Improving, Cultural Sensitivity and Respect for Traditional Values and Integrity. An employee – and sometimes more than one employee – is selected for upholding a particular value.

In addition to the value awards, there was a Manager of the Year, two Employees of the Year (one from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital and one from one of the village clinics), and the Phil Hofstetter Humanitarian Award recipient, which is selected by the Board of Directors.

Employees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. They each received an engraved plaque and roundtrip airlines ticket.

Value Awards:

Pride – representing the power of quality and responsibility: Anita Helsius, Primary Care RN

Teamwork – representing the power of working together: Josie Garnie, Teller Village-Based Counselor, and Cynthia Watters, Primary Care RN

Compassion – representing the power to appreciate others: Annie Blandford, Primary Care RN, and Theresa Olanna, Acute Care RN

Always Learning and Improving – representing the power of personal and corporate growth: Jennifer Fast, Laboratory Point-of-Care Technician

Cultural Sensitivity and Respect for Traditional Values – representing the power of understanding and honoring our region’s rich heritage: Rosemary Akeya, Savoonga Community Health Aide

Integrity – representing the power of honesty: Ashley Frost, Laboratory Manager

Employees of the Year: Channa Koozaata, Gambell Community Health Aide and Doris Angusuc, Patient Financial Services Supervisor

Manager of the Year: Mark Schroeder, Electronic Health Record Manager

Phil Hofstetter Humanitarian Award – recognizing an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty and employment to help others in need: Marv Poyourow, Behavioral Health Clinician.

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