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December 26, 2012

Eileen Van Weelden named Pella Regional’s December Shining Star

PELLA — Eileen Van Weelden, Nutrition/Laundry, was recently selected by a group of her co-workers as the December 2012 Shining Star at Pella Regional Health Center.

Van Weelden, resident of Pella, was nominated based on her Attitude, Commitment, Communication, Privacy, and Sense of Ownership.

Excerpt from her nomination:

A patient on Med/Surg reported after eating his evening meal, "I think I left my teeth on the supper tray and now it is gone." I went down to the kitchen  and it had already closed. Eileen had her coat on and was just leaving. I asked her if I could dig in the garbage. She told me, "it is in the dumpster." Eileen was clocked out and ready to go home, but she went to the dumpster with me. When she saw I wouldn't be able to get the garbage bags out by myself, she helped me. While lifting one of the bags out, it ripped and spilled liquid trash on the sidewalk. Eileen grabbed some gloves and picked it up, never once complaining it wasn’t her job or she wanted to go home. She saw a co-worker in need and gave assistance without hesitation. Eileen went above and beyond and I am thankful for her. She was and is my Shining Star.

Shining Star is a reward and recognition program at Pella Regional designed to  acknowledge an employee each month that demonstrates outstanding standards of behavior and inspires others to do their best.

Van Weelden will receive a $100 gift, an ad in the local paper, a plaque, and will automatically be  included in the Shining Star of the Year award.

Pella Regional Health Center is a not-for-profit provider of health care that is accredited by The Joint Commission. Its mission is to provide healthcare  and healing services with Christian compassion. Information on Pella Regional Health Center and its clinics is available by calling Public Relations at (641) 621-2358 or visiting the Web site, http://www.pellahealth.org.

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