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HCHC Associates recognized for professional growth

Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Submitted photo Congratulations to HCHC’s 2017 Career Ladder recipients. First row l-r: Carolee Benz, Berdelle Severson, Deb Steenblock; second row l-r: Jill Daniel, Laurie Gotsch, Deanna Balderas; third row l-r: Brian Sinclair, Gale Bittle, Stephanie Gerdom; fourth row l-r: Lara Andreasen, Ali Welcher, Todd Steenblock ; fifth row l-r: Andrea Moeller, Debra Helmerson, Casey Mangold, Devan Rhum, Kelly Carr; sixth row l-r: Mary Murphy, Gary Brose, Stacy Speidel; seventh row l-r: Sara McClure, Brent Wilson, Angie Ackles.

Henry County Health Center (HCHC) recognizes 41 associates who participated in HCHC’s Career Ladder Program. The Career Ladder was developed to promote professional enrichment and growth for every HCHC Associate. This program endorses HCHC’s vision to be the health care provider and employer of choice.

The purpose of HCHC’s Career Ladder is to recognize, facilitate and compensate associates for demonstrating increasing levels of excellence through personal accountability, professional practice, leadership and customer service. HCHC strives to provide opportunities for development and recognition of staff excellence.

The program encourages all staff to excel at their current position or take the initiative for professional growth in their field, thereby enhancing quality of care, improving patient outcomes and promoting patient satisfaction and staff engagement and retention. Participation in the Career Ladder Program also enhances our community by advocating service and leadership in community activities and organizations.

“This is a career ladder, not a clinical ladder, which means that each and every associate is eligible to participate in the program,” said Lynn Humphreys, Human Resources Director.

The program is structured, yet allows associates to pursue their own interests within that structure. Associates pursue personal development in HCHC’s pillars, People, Service, Community, Quality, Finance and Growth. With the number and diversity of associates participating, this covers a lot, Humphreys said.

“It is impressive to see the impact this is making on both the HCHC community and the local community,” Humphreys said. “This program encourages associates to stretch themselves, grow and use their leadership skills at HCHC and in our community.”

Participants included those just starting the career ladder, as well as many who have continued to advance in their endeavors. There were nurses, maintenance, housekeeping, information technology, administrative staff and patient financial services who took part in the program. There are four levels available in the program, and HCHC had participants at each level.

“These recipients displayed thorough documentation that they were committed to going above and beyond the requirements of their jobs to improve themselves,” Humpherys said. “This results in a better place to work and better care for our patients. The program emphasizes the high priority HCHC places on promoting careers that matter. The investment by the associate and HCHC results in achievement of outstanding patient satisfaction and customer service through the delivery of high-level care and service excellence. Our 2017 Career Ladder recipients are role models for how to work toward this goal and give back to the community.”

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