Sarah-Lynn Parker (left) and Amber Cox (right) were presented with the 2021 and 2022 Essential Pieces Awards at the Deep River & District Hospital’s Postponement Palooza – an event which included Employee Recognition as well as a celebration of many other events that had been postponed throughout the pandemic.
On April 1, 2022, the Deep River & District Hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team hosted the Postponement Palooza, which combined the annual Employee Recognition Event where the staff service and peer recognition awards are presented, with other events previously postponed throughout the pandemic.
Janna Hotson, President and CEO, expressed that she was pleased to “finally be able to celebrate each other for standing together over these past two years. Our team stood together, against bigger challenges than we have ever faced, in order to support the needs of our community, our patients, our residents, and each other”.
Chris Carroll, Board Chair, was also in attendance at the event and expressed thanks on behalf of the entire Board to the team at DRDH for their “dedication despite all the uncertainty these past two years have brought us. Persevering through the constantly changing direction that is beyond any of our control, to continue to care for our community, is a tremendous accomplishment that would not have been possible without the contributions made by each individual team member”.
The DRDH Essential Pieces Award is presented annually to an employee who has been nominated by their peers in recognition of their demonstration of the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization. Due to the postponement of the Employee Recognition Event last year, two Essential Pieces Awards were presented this year.
For 2021, the award was presented to Amber Cox, Executive Assistant, who was nominated by her peers for caring nature, and for her awareness of the needs of those around her. The impact of Amber’s kindness since she joined our team nearly 4 years ago was noted by her peers across multiple departments in the organization.
“By caring for her colleagues and for our physicians, Amber helps each of us in turn to be better caregivers, be better at our jobs, and to be better leaders,” said Janna Hotson, President and CEO. “Amber’s caring nature is exemplified in the million little things she does every day, whether it is ensuring an inpatient has warm clothes, that residents have their favourite bingo prizes, that our nurses have a hot cup of coffee, or that Cesar the cat has his favourite treats. Knowing the incredible support from across the organization to provide this award, it is truly my honor to present the 2021 Essential Pieces Award to Amber Cox.”
For 2022, the award was presented to Sarah-Lynn Parker, a Registered Nurse and Charge Nurse, who was nominated by her peers for her positive attitude, and advocacy for her patients and their families. The impact of Sarah-Lynn’s professionalism since she joined our team nearly 4 years ago was also noted by her peers across multiple departments in the organization.
“Through mentoring new staff members, sharing her depth of knowledge, and being a champion for providing everyone with an excellent health care experience, Sarah-Lynn has positively touched the lives of so many people in our organization and community,” said Tabitha Kearney, Chief Nursing Executive. “Her dedication to continual learning combined with her kind and approachable manner has made Sarah-Lynn a tremendous support to her peers as they continue to grow in their roles. Recognizing what an invaluable asset she is to our entire team, it is truly my honor to present the 2022 Essential Pieces Award to Sarah-Lynn Parker.”
The organization would like to extend congratulations to each of the eight nominees for the Essential Pieces Award. Nominees work across the organization in various departments, from Diagnostic Imaging, Administration, Nursing, Housekeeping, and the Laboratory.
This year, recognizing those who reached a service milestone in both 2020 and 2021, the organization awarded 5-year pins to thirteen employees, 10-year pins to five employees, 15-year pins to eight employees, 20-year pins to three employees, a 25-year pin to one employee, 30-year pins to two employees, a 40-year pin to one employee, and recognized three retirees who had dedicated more than 20 years to the organization.
The organization would like to recognize and say thank all those who celebrated the service milestones and Essential Pieces Award nominees at the Postponement Palooza event this year.