Alison Ainslie, a six-year laboratory assistant for PCL Alverno on the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City campus, is the hospital’s November Ambassador of the Month.
The award has been presented by the hospital’s Social and Recognition Committee since 1988 and recognizes employees who exhibit the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance – compassion for those in need, respect for life and the dignity of mankind, wellness and prevention of illness, restoration to health and acceptance of death as the final step toward wholeness. Recipients also have demonstrated courtesy, the proper attitude and enthusiasm for their work.
Prior to her current position, Ainslie, of Michigan City, was a transportation aide in the hospital imaging department. She lives in the city with her husband, daughter and two sons.
Ainslie was nominated for the award by a coworker, who said, “patients love her.” She also is a team player who goes out of her way to help others, the nominator said.
Ainslie said she loves working with fellow employees, supervisors, the management team and Timothy Prahlow MD.
“They don’t know how much they mean to me,” she said, adding, “My job is not just a job, it’s a career -- my baby. I go home knowing that we, as a team, helped someone and it’s a great feeling.”
Ainslie also donates her hair to the Locks of Love program, which provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children.
When she’s not working, Ainslie enjoys rehabilitating homes.
In recognition of the honor, Ainslie, as are all Ambassador recipients, was honored with a special billboard display for the month, a privileged parking spot, an Ambassador badge holder, a photo on the Ambassador of the Month wall that displays the previous 12 months’ winners, $150 cash and an invitation to the annual Service Awards and Recognition Banquet.