Published on October 10, 2019

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and Clinics Honor Employees for Living the Organization Values

Each year Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center and Clinics turns to employees to nominate their colleagues who best exemplify the Essentia Health core values of Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork in their daily work. Seven individuals out of 1,500 employees were selected as the value ambassadors for 2019 and recognized during the recent Employee Recognition banquet on at Maddens Resort.

“We are blessed to have so many wonderful co-workers here,” said Alex Chamtcheu, Director of Pastoral Care at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, “Congratulations to our 2019 Value Ambassadors: Kari Russell, Missie Haag, Dawn Heide, Amanda Brenny, Janelle Tepper, Fred Hall, and Heather Wermter.”

The Justice award was presented to Kari Russell, RN, Infection Prevention Manager.  Kari always maintains patient care and safety at the forefront of her process and communicates regularly with leadership to guide decisions affecting patients and staff.

Missie Haag, Executive Assistant at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, was recognized for living the value of Joy. Missie is very prompt in her work and does it with patience, dedication, and clearly goes beyond what is required.  She is always happy to help and will drop just about everything to accommodate a request or provide support.

Dawn Heide, 340B Senior Coordinator at Brainerd Clinic, received the Stewardship award. Dawn has saved Essentia, specifically the Central Market, millions of dollars in our pharmaceutical spending.  Through Dawn’s diligent work, she has found extra money, notably $333,000 in revenue, on our contract pharmacy relationship with Fairview.  

Amanda Brenny, RN, Brainerd Clinic Anticoagulation Management Service, was recognized for living the value of Quality. Amanda is a nurse anyone would want on their care team.  She comes to the table with solutions instead of issues.  Amanda will often have collected details and offer a detailed written solution when she identifies an area for improvement.  

The Teamwork award was presented to Janelle Tepper, Anesthesia Manager at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Janelle is extremely organized and focused on making the Anesthesia Department function efficiently.  She understands collaboration and works to make sure that people feel included and have a say, while staying professional and on task.

Dr. Fred Hall, Pathologist, received the Respect award.  Dr. Hall is always the first one to show appreciation for the hard work provided and seldom lets the little “extras” that people do go unnoticed.  Whether it be a verbal declaration of excellence or simply a note left on your desk thanking you for a job well done.  It is those little things that add up to a warm, welcoming and respectful work environment.

The Hospitality award was presented to Heather Wermter, Guest Services.  Heather is very trustworthy, loyal, and goes the extra mile to make sure that patients are helped from the moment they enter the hospital.  She provides individual attention to everyone who comes in contact with her and she believes in the motto “every person-every time”.

“What makes us great is all of us working together with a common purpose.  We are unified through a noble shared calling to make a healthy difference in people’s lives and put our 7 amazing values into action.  The interaction of these dedicated talented employees creates a masterpiece that our patients and families know as Essentia Health.”, explains Adam Rees, President, Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center and Clinics. “I want to thank all our 2019 honored employees for setting a great example for all of us in daily living out our values and mission”.

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