Contact: Mardi Ford
CAPTION FOR PHOTO: Amid the celebration: Inset are Chris Norris, Medical Surgical Department, and John Sanchez, Laboratory, who were honored for the second to longest service of the night at 35 years.
Grande Ronde Hospital honored 82 of its 551 employees for dedicated service at its 25th Annual Long Term Service Banquet, held on May 25, 2011 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. Honored employees celebrated with co-workers, family, friends and good food.
Before the award ceremony, GRH Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Burr Betts spoke to the group, saying, “Clearly the number of long term employees we are honoring tonight indicates the high level of commitment our employees have to the hospital, its clinics and - even more important - to our patients.”
Hospital employees are honored in this way at increments of five years of service beginning with 5-year pins, which 30 people received. Twenty-two employees received the 10-year pin, 11 received the 15-year, four the 20-year pin, nine the 25-year, two the 30-year, and three the 35-year pin.
For the first time in GRH history, one employee had obtained the 40-year level, and a new pin had to be designed for that achievement. It was given to the family of Karen Ricker, RN, who died in April after a long battle with cancer. Karen continued to work until a few short weeks before her death. Employees honored Karen with a standing ovation when her name and service record was read.
Combined, these 82 employees have served the community through their dedicated work at Grande Ronde Hospital for a total of 1,045 years.
Congratulations to all our employees for your dedication the hospital and our communities good health!