SHELTON, Conn. – Operating room nurse Kim Kelly of Shelton was named Griffin Hospital’s 2016 Employee of the Year at its 46th Annual Service Awards Dinner at the Aria Banquets in Prospect.
Griffin Hospital honored its nearly 800 employees and physicians who reached service milestones of five years and more and announced its employee and department of the year award winners.
Kelly joined Griffin Hospital in 1989 as a per diem float nurse and advanced to a full-time staff nurse on the inpatient floors before being transferred to the hospital’s Digestive Disorders Center in 1998. She recently took on the new roles and responsibilities of an operating room nurse, functioning as a patient advocate, teacher, team member, influencer, leader and communicator. She is the bariatric surgery service leader, the OR safety champion and received the Marie Santini Operating Room Nursing Excellence Award in 2015.
“Kim continually goes above and beyond,” said Griffin Hospital CEO and President Patrick Charmel in presenting the award. “She anticipates the needs of the department, will volunteer to take extra call and willingly works until all of the patients’ needs are met. She provides a high level of nursing care in all services and departments, with the capacity to float to [gastroenterology], Same Day Surgery and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit as needed – always with a smile. To express her appreciation to her co-workers, Kim frequently makes her famous coffee cake to thank the staff for a job well done with the OR’s patient safety high reliability initiative.”
The hospital’s case management department was named the 2016 Department of the Year.
The hospital's Employee of the Year selections come from its monthly I Take It Personally (ITIP) program where employees are nominated by their colleagues for outstanding work. The celebration is held each May during National Hospital Week to recognize employees and physicians for years of service and for outstanding performance.
In addition to Kelly, Amanda Boroski of Griffin Faculty Practice, Ricky Le Pera of Griffin's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Tricia Palmer of Radiology and The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness were finalists for the top honor.
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