By Evan O'Brien
Provided by West Suburban Medical Center
The first Employee of the Quarter Awards were presented on Nov. 2. The Employee of the Quarter program recognizes eligible employees for outstanding and exceptional contributions to West Suburban Medical Center while exemplifying the values of the organization which are; Safety, Excellence, Integrity, Accountability and Innovation. Awards are presented in three categories; nursing, allied health and ancillary services. The recipients of the Awards were Cathy Daly, RN – Nursing, Colleen Hammell – Allied Health and George Quinn – Ancillary Services. Each award recipient was presented with a certificate and check in the amount of $500. Additionally, each one of the winners qualifies for entry into the Employee of the Year Awards.
Cathy Daly was hired one year ago. Almost immediately upon her arrival, a veteran orthopedic physician, wrote a letter to the CEO stating that she was the best hire at West Suburban in recent history. Other orthopedic physicians also called Administration to praise her work.
Cathy initiated classes for patients who are scheduled for joint replacement surgery, often meeting one on one with them when class time does not work. She follows the patient from admission to discharge and has caught many clinical issues before they became problems, has stayed late into the night with patients who were alone, frightened or when Cathy felt the patient needed closer monitoring than was possible.
Colleen once told her supervisor that she feels that the greatest thing a parent can teach a child is compassion for others. That is how Colleen lives her life, how she treats her fellow co-workers, and without a doubt how she approaches patient care. When approached about an interaction with a patient that is particularly warm-hearted, Colleen says she can always do better. When her supervisor rounds on the patients, Colleen's patients are eager to share how much they adore her and how much better they are getting with her. Her co-workers seek her out because of her never-ending supply of helpfulness, kindness, and sharp problem-solving.
George has worked at West Suburban Medical Center for a couple of years. He has been a valued member of the Environmental Services team since that time. George has solidified his value to the hospital by bringing stability, dedication and dependability to his position. In addition to working in Environmental Services, George works on occasion in the Facilities Department doing various odds and ends projects for facilities. His willingness and flexibility in working beyond his home department is a clear example of his commitment to the entire team at West Suburban. George is truly dedicated to his work and consistently does his job at a very high level.