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Published on May 22, 2007

VWCH Honors Diagnostic Imaging During National Healthcare Week

May 22, 2007

Karen Sepaniak presented with her Pillar Award by Mike Muzzillo, Assistant Administrator at Valley West Community Hospital.

Karen Sepaniak presented with
her Pillar Award by Mike Muzzillo,
Assistant Administrator at Valley
West Community Hospital.

Karen Sepaniak, who has worked at Valley West Community Hospital for 38 years, has received KishHealth System’s top employee award and the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department has been recognized for outstanding financial results.

The Standards of Behavior Award and the Finance Pillar Award were presented May 10, at the annual KishHealth System Employee Recognition Banquet. Valley West is a part of the KishHealth System. This is the first year for awards of excellence.

The Standards of Behavior Award recognizes “above and beyond” performance in the areas of professionalism, responsibility, attitude, communication and customer satisfaction.

Sepaniak holds three positions at Valley West: Marketing and Public Relations manager, patient representative, and radiology and mammography technician.
“Her work ethic and positive attitude are an inspiration to us all,” said Brad Copple, VWCH administrator. “She now sets the standard for future recipients of this top award,” he said.

As part of its service, operational and clinical excellence initiative, the health system establishes annual goals in five areas or “pillars.” Individual and team accomplishments under each pillar (Service, People, Quality, Finance and Growth) were recognized at the banquet.

Mike Muzzillo (left) and Kevin Poorten (right) presenting Janey Cointea (center), Director of Diagnostic Imaging with Pillar Award.

Mike Muzzillo (left) and Kevin
Poorten (right) presenting
Janey Cointea (center), Director
of Diagnostic Imaging with
Pillar Award.

Under the direction of Janey Ciontea, the Diagnostic Imaging Department was extremely successful in financial growth, volume of procedures and keeping cost expectations at or below budgeted levels. The number of procedures increased in all areas including mammography, bone densitometry and CT scans. Despite being short-staffed, the department maintained coverage needed to provide seamless care for patients and other departments.

The Employee Recognition Banquet was among many activities May 7-11 to honor the health system’s 1,200 employees during National Healthcare and Nurses Week. Daily events at Valley West included an open house for new physicians and managers, a Wellness Day, free meals, and the employee recognition banquet.

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