SJEH Honors Employees Of The Month
With input from patients and staff, 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 winners receive a Tiffany crystal star and a check for $100. The honorees exemplify in some way the core values and service standards of the Hospital which are: Responsibility; Compassion; Respect; Teamwork; and Professionalism. The goal is to create a culture of excellence throughout the Hospital through mutual respect and collaborative relationships among patients, staff, physicians, unions, and Hospital leadership.
The honorees for the months of October, November and December 2009 are:
October 2009: Nancy Traver, RN, CIC is the Hospital’s Infection Control Surveillance Practitioner. She has been employed at St. John’s since January 1988 and is a registered nurse certified in infection control. Traver was nominated for Employee of the Month by two of her coworkers. They praised her for her knowledge, leadership qualities, enthusiasm, consistent dedication and her commitment to infection control education and prevention in the Hospital and the community.
Lynore Dupiton, Vice President of Patient Care Services, states that Traver has worked as the only Infection Control Nurse over the past several years. She has gone above and beyond making herself available, both on and off duty and is a dedicated advocate for patient care.
Working all shifts, Traver is always available to answer any questions, no matter what time of the day or night. She is praised for excellent relationships with the Nurse Educators and Nurse Managers, anticipating problems and working with the Nurse Managers to solve them.
Susan Scheier-Brant, LCSW, is the Clinical Coordinator at the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). She has been employed at St. John’s since June of 1993. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a master’s in social work from Columbia University. Previous to coming to St. John’s, she worked at Queens Hospital Center.
Ms. Scheier-Brant was nominated by two CMHC staff members, who state that she consistently goes above and beyond to create a positive work atmosphere. In her role as supervisor, Scheier-Brant calms agitated patients and is a model leader who motivates her staff and encourages and guides nervous interns towards self-confidence to become exemplary clinicians. In doing so, she improves service to the community.
Scheier-Brant, a social work supervisor with a specialization in working with clients with dual diagnoses, assists with de-escalating any situation in a professional manner, without losing patience or becoming flustered; avoids placing blame thus building morale; and explores alternatives without being dismissive.
Nat Etrog, Director of Psychiatric Outpatient Programs, says, “Susan is a skilled supervisor, administrator and worker, often serving in a critical leadership role within the CMHC. Her diagnostic and evaluative skills are outstanding, as is her ability to both work with and enable staff to treat an often challenging and treatment-resistant client cohort. Susan has successfully led the CMHC to outstanding results in Joint Commission, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York State Office of Mental Health audits and surveys.”
He further states that she is an asset to the hospital, community and social work profession.
Saundra Chisolm, MS, ANP-BC, FNP, Nurse Practitioner, has been employed at St. John’s since 2004 and is the Hospital’s Employee Health Supervisor. She worked at the Kings County Hospital medical attending service and in a private practice before coming to St. John’s. She has a master’s degree from Stony Brook University and is a certified adult nurse practitioner, family health nurse practitioner as well as a certified critical care nurse. She also worked in St. John’s coronary care unit from 1990- 1992, before returning to St. John’s as Employee Health Supervisor.
Chisolm was nominated by Lynore Dupiton, who states that Chisolm has dual job responsibilities. As a nurse practitioner, she runs the Employee Health Service for employees on and off-site, insuring that new hires are screened, current employees fulfill their yearly physical requirements and additionally, attends to the emergency needs of employees at work.
Chisolm also works as the emergency preparedness coordinator and is said to work tirelessly to ensure that the hospital remains prepared to face internal and external emergencies. In addition, she represents St. John’s as a member of Ready Rockaway, a community group whose aim is to prepare the Rockaways to respond to any emergency. She is called as a vital and valuable member of the St. John’s team!