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CHI Health Schuyler employees receive honors for service

February 6, 2019

They all had different stories and experiences, but the 16 CHI Health Schuyler employees recognized recently for their years of service had one consistent theme to share: Family.

During the hospital’s annual milestone anniversary ceremony on Jan. 31 at the Saint Benedict Center, the 16 employees honored were all smiles as they reflected on their many years of service to the hospital and community. Each person had different highlights, but many talked about their love for what they do.

“First of all, I never thought I would be at the hospital for 35 years,” said Connie Rolf, who noted she remembered when she first started meeting nurses who had been there for several years in almost disbelief. “But here I am and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I love where I work, I love my work family, I love the community. The community has become family because I know so many of them. I took care of them … I love it. It’s awesome.”

There were 16 employees recognized for years of service (ranging from five to 35 years) from various departments.

CH Health Schuyler Executive Assistant Claudia Lanuza said the annual ceremony was just the organization’s method of doing something out of the ordinary to honor its dedicated employees who give so much to the organization and community.

“This is our little way of saying thank you to them,” she said.

Those recognized were:

Five years:

Anabel Angel (bilingual clinic representative), Cheryl Dickmeyer (pharmacist), Christina Eaton (clinic nurse), Pam Thege Eggleson (materials management), Jody Hoffart (department support assistant) and Ericka Lopez (acute care)

10 years:

Bonnie Blum (clinic receptionist), Marge Denney (environmental services supervisor) and Carrie Hake (acute care)

15 years:

Noemi Garcia (bilingual clinic receptionist) and Jackie Olson (patient access rep)

20 years:

Ronnette Schneider (acute care)

25 years:

Helen Hopkins (environmental services tech) and Curtis Kort (facility maintenance and grounds supervisor)

35 years:

Connie Rolf (acute care)

Olson said the CHI Health Schuyler staff works so well together because it isn’t just work for them,

“I started here when I was really young. It has been really good for my family and my livelihood,” she said. “We are like family (at the hospital). That’s the biggest part – we all function like family and are friends, we get along really well in our jobs.”

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net. Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.

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