St. Helena Hospital Honors Employees for Years of Dedicated Health Care Service and Support to the Napa Valley Community

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St. Helena Hospital Recently Held Two Events to Recognize 166 Health Care and Administrative Employees Who Have Each Given Five or More Years of Service to the Napa Valley and Clear Lake Communities.

St. Helena Hospital recently held two events to recognize 166 health care and administrative employees who have each given five or more years of service to the Napa Valley and Clear Lake communities.

“These employees, with their skill and dedication, are the backbone of the quality care we offer the region,” according to Mark Fowler, Executive Director Human Resources/OD St. Helena Hospital.

The commitment of these employees is extraordinary: of 166 honorees at the two events, over 100 have served more than 10 years, with 22 serving between 25 and 35 years. “We’re honored to have so many employees who have provided care and support to the community for so many years,” said Wendi Fox, Administrative Director of Human Resources St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. She said that the awards given “express our sincere appreciation for their ongoing dedication to our mission.”

Employees of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake were honored with a buffet dinner May 12, 2011 at the Clear Lake Senior Center. Following an invocation by Duane Barnes, honors were presented to 37 employees – representing 455 years of service – during an awards ceremony conducted by Ms Fox, Mr. Newmyer and Vice President of Operations David Santos. Mr. Santos spoke about of the contributions of the honorees. Dr. Herber and Mr. McDonald were also in attendance.

Employees of St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and St. Helen Hospital Center for Behavioral Health were honored May 17, 2011 at the Silverado Country Club. With the theme “Vision Bold: Creating Destination Quality and Beyond,” the event recognized 129 staff members with five or more years of service. The event began with appetizers on the Fairway Deck, where pictures were displayed dating back to the 70s, when some of the honorees began at St. Helena. “The photos really brought home how many years and how many changes these employees have experienced during their time here,” said Fowler.

Dr. Steve Herber, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, welcomed the 195 people in attendance. After an invocation by Edward “Buck” McDonald, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Tricia Williams, Vice President of Operations at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, addressed the group with the ‘Dream a Dream’ video from Susan Boyle and challenge attendees to dream in the biggest way. This was followed by Mark Fowler and Tricia Williams, introducing the honorees. Terry Newmyer, President/CEO of Adventist Health’s St. Helena Region closed the formal ceremony.

Clifford Bickford, Respiratory Therapist and Perfusionist, honored for his 35 years of service, came to Napa Valley seeking a change from the big-city pace of Southern California.. “I was looking for a “country” hospital focused on acute care,” Cliff says. “I was excited to find St. Helena Hospital, Napa Valley, and the opportunities it offered. The quality of care and the added training and continuing education, provided through Stanford and Loma Linda, have kept me here ever since.”

St. Helena Region is part of Adventist Health; a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.


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