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Published on June 02, 2016

KishHealth System Honors Employees for Years of Service

June 2, 2016

Jan Seldal, honored for 50 years of serviceDEKALB, Ill. – KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, recognized employees for years of service at the 14th annual Employee Recognition Banquet, held on May 10, at the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University. Janice Seldal, Business Office, Kishwaukee Hospital, was honored for 50 years of service and Linda Fruit, Histology, Valley West Hospital, was honored for 40 years of service.

Jan Seldal started her career at DeKalb Public Hospital in 1966, working part-time admitting patients and running the switchboard. Three years later she began full time with the Business Office, where she remains today. Over the years, she held various positions including Switchboard Operator, Registration Clerk, Medicare/Insurance Biller, Bookkeeper, Data Processing, and Business Office Manager, Business Office Supervisor, Patient Relations, and Posting Clerk. Seldal said. “I have seen a lot of changes in the time I have been here. I feel honored to have worked in all three hospitals. The last 50 years have gone fast for me. I view Kishwaukee Hospital as my second family and especially all the people who I work with in the Business Office.”

Linda Fruit has worked in all areas of the Valley West Laboratory since she was first hired in 1975, as a Certified Laboratory Assistant. After passing the Health and Human Services Medical Technologist Exam in 1983, she worked as a Medical Technologist, working primarily in the Histology Department for 18 years.  She said, “I feel very fortunate to have worked all of these years with the greatest co-workers that anyone could find anywhere, at the greatest healthcare facility anywhere!”

Employees honored for 35 years of service: From Kishwaukee Hospital: Margaret Dohnalik, Community Wellness Department; Nancy Jones, Pre-op Nursing; Suzanne Ryder, Maternity Suites; Elizabeth Faivre, OR/ED; Dorothy Martin, Diagnostic Imaging; and Teresa Schofield, Diagnostic Imaging.

Employees honored for 30 years of service: From Kishwaukee Hospital: Shirley Balika, Medical Arts Lab.

From the Physician Group: Diann Docter, Multispecialty Department; and Joanna McKiness, Health Information Management.

Employees honored for 25 years of service: From KishHealth System: Deborah Bavido, Pain Clinic, Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals; Loretta Ross, Internal Medicine, KishHealth System Physician Group-DeKalb; Lynette Swedberg, Therapist, Behavioral Health Services; and Carrie Tucker, Administration.

From Kishwaukee Hospital: Carolee DeBall, Call Center; Elizabeth Johnson, Ambulatory Surgery; and Holly McMaster, Pharmacy.

From Valley West Hospital: Michele Espinoza, Dietary; and Judith Goodwick, Laboratory.

Employees honored for 20 years of service: From KishHealth System: Pamela Duffy, Administration.

From Kishwaukee Hospital: Carolyn Acosta, EMS; Diane Ashley, Health Information Management; Kimberly Bourdages, Emergency Department; Daryl Burtzos, Pharmacy; Jean Hawkins, Operating Room;

Daniel Hindman, Laboratory; Jill Klecka, Pain Clinic; Juliana Mackey, Intensive Care Unit; Rosa Mendoza, Interpreters; Becky Metcalf, Emergency Department; Diane Miller, Health Information Management; and Suzanne Vanderheyden, Maternity Suites.

From the Physician Group: Jennifer Boesche; Angela Howe; and Kae Mitchell.

From Behavioral Health Services: Kimberly Volk.

Employees honored for 15 years of service: From KishHealth System: Patrick Busch, Information Systems; and Susan Siener, Purchasing & Stores.

From Kishwaukee Hospital: Terri Bradburn, Emergency Department; Tina Chesser, Health Information Management; Elaine Davis, Ambulatory Services; Star Diedrich, Ambulatory Services; Megan Diss, Health Information Management; Carol Donnelly, Operating Room; Steven Ernest, EMS; Nicole Fitzpatrick, Clinical Education; Kelly Hagelstein, Pharmacy; Amanda Harms, Maternity Suites; Carol Hecathorn, Health Information Management; Allison Johnson, Medical Oncology; Angela Kennedy, Maternity Suites; Marrena Olsen, EMS; Joni Simone, CAT Scan; Diane Sipe, Environmental Services; Daniel Smith, Cardio Pulmonary; Janet Sofranko, Auxiliary Gift Shop; Maureen Stone, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Rhonda Sullivan, Maternity Suites; and Jill Vassilogambros, Cancer Center Lab.

From Valley West Hospital: Mary Bilek, Patient Access; June Mitchell, Health Information Management; Nancy Rumler, Health Information Management; Teresa Russell, Recovery Room; and Regina Watts, Laboratory.

From the Physician Group: Anna Beck; and Sharon Price.

From Behavioral Health Services: Boyd Moehling; Jacquelin Pippel; and Kathleen Wilkerson.

Employees honored for 10 years of service: From KishHealth System: Dana King, Marketing & PR; Theresa Komitas, Marketing & PR; Susan Nicholson, Purchasing & Stores; and Alicia Watson, Business Development.

From Kishwaukee Hospital: Jose Acosta, Maintenance; Amanda Arnold, Physical Therapy Center; Debra Baert, EMS; Georgina Barraza, Maternity Suites; Flor Gutierrez, Environmental Services; Katie Haley, Order Entry/Receptionist; Nicole Hiatt, Endoscopy; Jill Horton, Operating Room; Bonnie Johnson, Diagnostic Imaging; Charles Jourdan, Maintenance; Stacy Jungkans, Maternity Suites; Anita Killey, Emergency Department; Mary Klein, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Toby Krupa, Emergency Department; Zita Listy, Transport Services; Claudia Melendez-Oliveros, Interpreters; Bonnie Miller, Environmental Services; Jill Misitano, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Gabriela Ortiz, Maternity Suites; Lacey Ragsdale, Health Information Management; Terri Skora, Social Services; Dana Smid, Diagnostic Imaging; Bridget Starks, Massage Therapy; Steven Walllin, Purchasing & Stores; Angel Weyhrauch, CAT Scan; Kimberly Winstead, Emergency Department; and Joy Zimmer, Behavioral Health Services.

From Valley West Hospital: Terri Bogden, Maternity Suites; Catherine Brunswick, Emergency Department; Holly Corson, CAT Scan; Angelica Lopez, Interpreters; William Pesel, Patient Services; Loretta Peterson, Administration; and John Stiley, CAT Scan.

From Behavioral Health Services: Timothy Boyle, Maintenance.

Employees honored for 5 years of service: From KishHealth System: Jessica Damisch, Information Systems; Dawn Previti, Patient Accounts; and Lawrence Schultz, Information Systems.

From Kishwaukee Hospital: Tiffany Adamson, Cath Lab; Sarah Alongi-Huerta, Collections; Julie Aspera, Patient Access; Valerie Beharovic, Continuity of Care; Bella Boyd, Order Entry/Receptionist; Maggie Brown, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Keith Bush, Patient Scheduling; Maria Rita Carrera de Parra, Environmental Services; Jason Chiappe, Laboratory; Priscilla Clampitt, Laboratory; Jennifer Clark, Recovery Room; Jennifer Dieckman, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Andra Dobbel, Maternity Suites; Romana Donnelly, Emergency Department; LaRhonda Eubanks, Environmental Services; Jamie Grant, Maternity Suites; Brandon Graves, Food & Nutrition Services; Jessica Heck, Physical Therapy; Jennifer Kleckner, Community Wellness; Joyce Krizsanitz, Laboratory; Elise Kruse, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Maureen Lange, Patient Scheduling; Heather Larsen, Laboratory; Lisa Leoni, Emergency Department; Jessica Madrigal, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Maria Elena Makris, Oncology Patient Services; Alysia Moret-Schmerbach, Clinical Education; Michelle Morris, Cath Lab; Megan Napoli, Transport Services; David Nolley, Maintenance; Ellen Olsen, Cancer Center Lab; Kathryn Pelton, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Carla Richardson, Health Information Management; Karen Richardson, Food & Nutrition Services; Sara Schuneman, Diagnostic Imaging; Laura Sihler, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Noreen Smrz, Laboratory;

Jacek Szkaradzinski, Cardiac Lab; Candace Thompson, Recovery Room; Rosario Joan Tiu, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry; Anna Vazquez, Health Information Management; Nicole Warmac, Emergency Department; Jacquelyn Wells, Cath Lab; Jennifer Wells, Operating Room; Amy Wheeler, Intensive Care Unit; Jamal Williams, Cardio Pulmonary; and Daniel Wilson, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry.

From Valley West: Jackie Burket, Maternity Suites; Rebekah Earle, Medical Oncology; Deborah Franzone, Community Wellness; Sarah Hix, Laboratory; Kristina Ingaunis, Operating Room; Lisa Lane, Maternity Suites; Michelle McGuane, Medical/Surgical; Cheryl Westrom, Emergency Department; and Cynthia Wyman, Ambulatory Services.

From the Physician Group: Kathryn Edson; Jo Ann Green; Sherry Haley; Monica Hernandez; Karen Miller; Terrilynn Morris; and Meredith Orstead.

From Behavioral Health Services: Kimberly Green.

From Home Care: Susan Golden-Jursich; and Benjamin Mullineaux.

For more information about KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, visit www.kishhealth.org

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