To celebrate and recognize their employees, Carroll County Memorial Hospital holds departmental appreciation weeks throughout the year. Employees are categorized into five groups and are recognized during one of these five special weeks. Carroll County Memorial Hospital
The first group celebrated was CCMH diagnostic and therapeutic staff. Departments included were Pharmacy, Senior Life Solutions, Cardiopulmonary, Radiology, Physical Therapy and Laboratory. Their recognition took place April 9-13, with daily awards and treats.
“The Rewards and Standards Team made up of 10 employees, coordinates these appreciation weeks for our staff, said Tim Braun, CCMH Chief Operations Officer. “As a team, they determine the plan for the week, including snacks, gifts, education on specific roles of our diagnostic and therapeutic professionals, generate an employee voting system based on our CCMH values, spirit week, a charitable community donation and a trash pickup through the Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program.”
A fan drive was held in conjunction with the special week, where all CCMH employees were invited to participate. The collected fans were donated to HELP Services, and they, in turn, donate them to individuals in need for the hot months ahead. Last year employees collected 38 fans. This year, they surpassed that goal and brought in 44 fans.
Throughout the week, decorative canvases were awarded to five staff members based on votes from fellow employees and CCMH’s values. Blake Riley received Integrity, Jeanie Brown won Compassion, Amy Peck was given Always, Sandy Berghager earned Respect, and Chrisann Floyd was awarded Excellence. continues heart health awareness by encouraging employee involvement and raising funds for the American Heart Association.
“This was a close year on votes, which truly demonstrates the level of care and service our employees strive to offer to patients, as well as each other,” said Braun. “After receiving multiple tied votes, we had to reopen the voting in an effort to break ties.”
The next group being recognized is CCMH nursing staff, which will take place in June.
Following CCMH’s GO RED day on February 2, On February 14, CCMH employees also sported red attire and were allowed to hold held a second a casual day on February 14 for a one dollar donation. In collaboration with Valentine’s Day, they additionally held a carnation fundraiser, offering fellow employees a chance to support the cause while lifting each other up with a flower. These efforts raised $374 for the American Heart Association. Should we also include the dress down day from the Go Red Day?
CCMH, in partnership with Care Connection for Aging Services, will host a Fit and Fun Event in the 4 Corners Café. The event was set to be held on February 22 but was postponed due to unsafe weather conditions. A new date is yet to be established, but details will be shared once it is set.
CCMH Director of Cardiopulmonary and Rehabilitation Services, Sandy Berghager, spoke at the February Jefferson Park Social. She discussed the importance of incorporating “Life’s Simple 7” into a daily routine.
“We all need to focus on getting active, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, eating better, reducing blood sugar, losing weight, and avoiding
smoking,” said Berghager. “Small changes can make a big impact. Don’t forget to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and doesn’t cost a thing!”
CCMH employee, Abbie Backes, offered two sessions of chair yoga to all staff this month as a relaxing outlet to relieve stress and tension.
According to the American Heart Association, stress sets off a chain of events. First, you have a stressful situation that’s usually upsetting but not harmful. The body reacts to it by releasing a hormone, adrenaline, that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These physical reactions prepare you to deal with the situation by confronting it or by running away from it — the ‘”fight or flight’” response. I would make this a quote.
CCMH diagnostic and therapeutic staff and CCMH Rewards & Standards Team members. 44 fans were collected and donated to HELP Services.