By Robbie McKay Lincoln News • October 17, 2019
MILLINOCKET – As they do every year, Millinocket Regional Hospital recognized departments and hospital staff at their 36th Annual Employee Service Awards. The ceremony was held directly after the Employee and Family Picnic which was held recently outside the hospital cafe.
The attendees were treated to a luncheon hosted by the Dietary Department and grill masters Hal Cote and Dale McLaughlin consisting of grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken along with many assorted salads and sides. The iconic Maine whoopie pie was served for dessert, and the crew in the dietary department went above and beyond the standard pie to create lemon blueberry and double strawberry whoopie pies. These were sold to raise funds for the oncology department renovation, and brought in $150 for the drive.
Following the luncheon, the Awards ceremony was held. Every year, the department that held the title for the previous year picks the next winner. This year, the Oncology Clinic was chosen as the winner by the Materials Management department. The Oncology department is made up of Certified Oncology Nurse Kim Faloon, RN, OCN; Oncologist and Medical Director for Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative at Jackson Lab, Jens Rueter MD; Oncologist and Medical Director for Northern Light Cancer Care, Sigrid Berg MD; and support staff Katie Grant. As the only full time employee of the department, Faloon received high marks in the nomination of her department.
“Kim is very focused and very patient oriented. She is someone who cares and will help wherever needed. She is community minded and wants to make the “hospital experience” as comfortable as possible,” Materials Management staff said. “She comes in to treat patients on her off days. Especially now during the Oncology Renovations, she shows that she wants MRH to succeed in remaining in the area to treat our community and to stay here for years to come,” the nomination form stated.
The employees of MRH were also honored for their contribution to the organization. The 33 together have over 515 years of service to the hospital, and the employees with the greatest longevity are: Dora Kelly, 40 years; Cheryl Carrell and Lynda Warman, 35 years; Jason Morrison and Randy Talman, 30 years; Shelly Drew, Kimberly Folsom, and Gale Linscott, 25 years; and Missy Martin and Tracy Osborne, 20 years.
About Millinocket Regional Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital nestled at the base of Baxter State Park that provides vital healthcare services to those who live, work and play in the Katahdin Region. Beyond the friendly staff and award-winning patient care, MRH provides an impressive range of specialty and general services; with a recent expansion resulting in the addition of eight new specialties and a Walk-In Care facility. In 2018, MRH was awarded the Press Ganey ‘Guardian of Excellence Award’ for exceptional patient experience; a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement for hospitals who consistently perform within the top 5%. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic driver within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital