St. John's Episcopal Hospital Honors Employees Of The Month
St. John's Episcopal Hospital honors one employee every month who has made a difference or whose performance has gone beyond the call of duty. The employees are nominated by patients and co-workers. All the winners receive a Tiffany crystal star and a check for $100. St. John's is proud to announce the fourth quarter winners of 2008:
October - Lorraine Gabbola: Lorraine Gabbola, Lead Special Procedure/Mammography Tech, has been employed at St. John's Imaging Department since 1989. Roy DeBeer, DO, an attending physician in the Department of Internal Medicine, nominated Gabbola for "consistently giving exemplary care to all patients."
Imaging's Administrative Director Patricia Gillespie notes that Gabbola started Team Sunbums in 2000, to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Long Island campaign. In 2006, the Hospital became co-sponsors of the team which raised $18,110 in 2008 and was the fourth highest fundraising team on the island. Gabbola exemplifies the Hospital's core values of responsibility, compassion, respect, teamwork and professionalism. She is a positive role model because of her consistent optimism and pursuit of excellence. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Gabbola offers passion and compassion to her patients.
November - Camille A. Barnes: Camille Barnes, a Social Work Assistant who has been employed at St. John's since 1988, was nominated by a patient who praised Barnes' "terrific bedside manner," and noted that she had gone beyond her regular working hours to assist with some troublesome paperwork. Barnes alleviated the patient's anxiety with her calming demeanor and performed her duties with a smile. Mildred Colon, Director of Social Services, cites Barnes' excellent skills. Barnes is able to work with some of the most complex cases on her unit. She is very knowledgeable about community resources and is able to access them with ease, given her pleasant disposition. Barnes exemplifies the Hospital's core values of compassion, professionalism and teamwork.
December - LeeAnn O'Hara: LeeAnn O'Hara, Customer Relations Representative, has been employed at St. John's since 1988. Several patients nominated her; all cited her kindness and compassion. One patient stated that O'Hara is a "keeper" and a definite asset to St. John's. Sharon Behar, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, states, "Resolving problems or complaints is an everyday occurrence for O'Hara.
What makes her special, however, is her extraordinary ability to empathize with patients and their families. She provides support, encouragement and assistance to all members of the St. John's community, including the staff, who have come to recognize her as an invaluable resource." O'Hara clearly exemplifies the Hospital's core values of responsibility, compassion, respect and professionalism.