Methodist Hospitals honored employees by recognizing their dedication and commitment to the mission of Methodist Hospitals at their annual Service Awards Banquet. The 2014 Service Award Banquet, honoring employees who have reached five-year service milestones of five years or longer. More than 400 people were on hand to celebrate the contributions these employees have made to the success of Methodist Hospitals.
At this event we also honor our Employee of the Year, Leader of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, and a new award, Safety Star of the Year, for serving as exemplars of our values and vision. This year the winners of the awards were Adel Baghdady - Employee of the Year, Stan Robinson – Leader of the Year, Michelle Devries - Humanitarian of the Year, and Kelly Woodburn – Safety Star of the Year.
Methodist Hospitals’ executive team and members from the Board of Directors personally thanked each employee for their years of service. This year’s banquet celebration was held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville on Friday, March 27, 2015.
Adel Baghdady - Employee of the Year
Adel is a seasoned member of a Methodist Hospital’s Home Health Care team ranked among the nation’s best, someone who works effectively both on his own and as part of a team. He is self-directed and can be counted on to take on projects independently and sees them through to completion, but also works harmoniously with patients, their families and physicians. Always gentle and respectful, patients frequently praise his ability to motivate them through to completion, but also work harmoniously with patients, their families and physicians. Patient’s frequently praise his ability to motivate them to wellness and to help them gain the highest possible level of independence.
Stan Robinson - Leader of the Year
Stan has built a highly qualified and competent team that has a renewed sense of confidence. He introduced labor and money saving technologies that have saved the organization nearly 2 million dollars, and has graciously assumed additional responsibilities when asked. His expertise and knowledge are widely respected and they have served as a mentor to many leaders within Methodist Hospitals. He is passionate about Methodist Hospitals’ vision to be the best place for employees to work, the best place for patients to receive care and the best for physicians to practice medicine, and not only lives this vision themselves, but constantly encourages their staff to share in that same vision. Stan has been nominated for leader of the year for three years in a row.
Michelle Devries - Humanitarian of the Year
Michelle has provided guidance to the organization that has positively affected the outcome of every patient in our hospital. The impressive knowledge and attention to detail she displays is remarkable. Not only has she positively impacted the outcomes of Methodist patients, she has traveled the world sharing her knowledge and experience about reducing infections. It’s hard to quantify the positive impact she has made and will continue to make on patient outcomes around the world. Methodist is proud to have Michelle DeVries, our Chief Infection Control Officer, as an employee.
Kelly Woodbury - Safety Star of the Year
Kelly cared for a 35- week pregnant patient who was admitted and had an urgent Cesarean section. After surgery, Kelly observed that the patient had a change in her medical condition that was not the expected post-operative presentation. She immediately notified the attending physician, who transferred the patient to Neuro-ICU. After an emergency surgical consult, the patient was transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago for further treatment. Kelly’s questioning attitude helped to avert a potentially life-threatening situation.