2008-04-25 / Community

SJEH Names Employees Of The Month

Debra Friedland, RNC, March Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital.  Debra Friedland, RNC, March Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital. With input from patients, St. John's Episcopal Hospital honors one employee each month who has made a difference or whose performance has gone beyond the call of duty. All the winners receive an engraved Tiffany crystal star and a check for $100. Their name and photo are on display in the lobby.

To encourage patients to make nominations for the Employee of the Month program, nomination forms are now available throughout the hospital and on patient floors. The forms can be found in literature holders at the front desk in the lobby, the Ambulatory Care Center, and at nursing stations.

St. John's is proud to announce the first three winners of 2008:

JANUARY'S WINNER: Griselda Bartha, MD

Dr. Bartha is a highly productive team player in the Community Mental Health Center, where she has worked for nine years. She has a professional and very positive manner with both clients and staff. She's dependable, approachable and willing to help all staff and patients. She works to keep the center running, and puts in extra hours of work. With her sense of humor, Dr. Bartha eases tense situations and makes the Community Mental Health Center a nicer place to work.

Griselda Bartha, MD, January Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital.  Griselda Bartha, MD, January Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital. FEBRUARY'S WINNER: Lin Zabala, RN

Zabala previously was the nurse educator for the Emergency Department and Critical Care units. While in that role, she devoted herself to ensuring that all the staff on her units received all the educational support they needed to be successful. Since October, she has been serving as the Nurse Manager of Tower 8-Pulmonary Care Unit, where she quickly established herself as an able leader and excellent clinical resource. She has bonded with the staff and created a real team spirit. She has embraced two new projects, skin care rounds and daily rounding, and gained the cooperation of the staff for both.

MARCH'S WINNER: Debbie Friedland, RN

For 13 of the 15 years of her nursing career, Friedland has worked as an 1199 nurse delegate. For the past few years, she has also served as the Hospital Contract Administrator. She co-chairs both the Professional Practice Committee, which addresses professional nursing issues and patient care, and the Labor-Management Committee. She is active in 1199's National Workplace Quality Committee;

Hermelina Zabala, RN, February Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Hermelina Zabala, RN, February Employee of the Month, St. John's Episcopal Hospital. is a member of the steering committee of the New York State Nurses Alliance; and is a member of the National Nurse Alliance, which recently

successfully lobbied for safe needle devices. Last year, all of St. John's was very proud when she was the recipient of the 1199 SEIU Citywide Nurse of Distinction Award, which was established by the union's RN Division and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes.

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