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Published on June 01, 2012

KishHealth System Recognizes Achievements of Staff

June 1, 2012 

KishHealth System recently honored individuals, teams, and departments who have demonstrated significant achievements toward the health system’s organizational Pillar Goals in the areas of People, Quality, Finance, Service and Growth. The top Can-Do Attitude recipient and the recipient of the Karen Sepaniak KishHealth System Spirit Award also were named.

The Valley West Obstetrics and Operating Room Cesarean Section Training Team received the Quality Pillar Award for establishing procedures for reducing the C-section “decision to incision time” normally only found in larger hospitals. This accomplishment set a new standard of maternity care for critical access hospitals.

DurRay Sanchez, RN

DurRay Sanchez

DurRay Sanchez-Torres, RN, interim manager of Med/Surg/ICU and Hospital Supervisors at Valley West Community Hospital, received the People Pillar Award recognizing her leadership skills in creating a positive and supportive work environment.

The Finance Pillar Award was presented to the Kish and Valley West Medical Transcription and EScription Team for implementing Back End Speech Recognition at both hospitals. The new software reduced outsourcing costs by 95% and increased productivity 133% from 150 lines typed per hour to 400 lines produced per hour.

Nancy Plote

Nancy Plote

Kurt Galera

Kurt Galera

Nancy Plote, Kishwaukee Community Hospital coder and report writer, received the Sepaniak Spirit Award. Kurt Galera, technical support analyst for Information Systems, was the Top Can-Do Attitude recipient.

Susan Golden Jursich

Susan Golden Jursich

Susan Golden Jursich, Kish Hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services Department, received the Service Pillar Award for her exceptional customer service in the Kish Coffee House.

Unlimited Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine received the Growth Pillar Award for establishing niche services in the face of local competition that resulted in an 11% volume increase over the previous year and a 25% increase since 2006.

The Sepaniak Award was named in memory of Karen Sepaniak who worked at Valley West Community Hospital for nearly 40 years. She died in 2007, The award was named after Sepaniak because she lived the health system’s values and brought a spirit of caring, compassion, passion and loyalty to work. 

In presenting the award to Plote, Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System president and CEO, said, “Integrity shows in Nancy’s work, her attitude, and her character. She is honest and trustworthy, able to maintain confidentiality in all she does. She is an excellent steward of our resources as she consistently manages productivity and meets departmental goals under the finance pillar.”

The Top Can-Do Attitude winner is the employee who received the most acknowledgments for going “above and beyond.”

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