The KishHealth System honors staff achievement

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Dur-Ray Sanchez Torres, RN, interim manager of Med/Surg/ICU and Hospital Supervisors at Valley West Community Hospital, earned the People Pillar Award for her leadership skills in creating a positive and supportive work environment.

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KishHealth System recently honored individuals, teams, and departments who have demonstrated significant achievements toward the health system's organizational Pillar Goals in the areas of People, Quality, Finance, Service and Growth. The top Can-Do Attitude recipient and the recipient of the KishHealth System Karen Sepaniak Spirit Award also were named.

Valley West Maternity Suites and Surgical Services staff received the Quality Pillar Award for establishing procedures for reducing the C-section "decision to incision time" normally only found in larger hospitals. This accomplishment set a new standard of maternity care for critical access hospitals.

DurRay Sanchez-Torres, RN, interim manager of Med/Surg/ICU and Hospital Supervisors at Valley West Community Hospital, received the People Pillar Award for her leadership skills in creating a positive and supportive work environment.

The Finance Pillar Award was presented to the Kish and Valley West Medical Transcription and eScription Team for implementing Back End Speech Recognition at both hospitals. The new software reduced outsourcing costs by 95 percent and increased productivity 133 percent from 150 lines typed per hour to 400 lines produced per hour.

Susan Golden Jursich, Kish Hospital's Food and Nutrition Services Department, received the Service Pillar Award for her exceptional customer service in the Kish Coffee House.

Unlimited Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine received the Growth Pillar Award for establishing niche services in the face of local competition that resulted in an 11 percent volume increase over the previous year and a 25 percent increase since 2006.

Nancy Plote, Kishwaukee Community Hospital coder and report writer, received the Karen Sepaniak Spirit Award. The Karen Sepaniak Spirit Award was named in memory of Karen Sepaniak who worked at Valley West Community Hospital for nearly 40 years. She died in 2007, The award was named after Sepaniak because she lived the health system's values and brought a spirit of caring, compassion, passion and loyalty to work.

In presenting the award to Plote, Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System president and CEO, said, "Integrity shows in Nancy's work, her attitude, and her character. She is honest and trustworthy, able to maintain confidentiality in all she does. She is an excellent steward of our resources as she consistently manages productivity and meets departmental goals under the finance pillar."

Kurt Galera, technical support analyst for Information Systems, was the Top Can-Do Attitude recipient. The Top Can-Do Attitude winner is the employee who received the most acknowledgments for going "above and beyond."

For more information about the Valley West, and the KishHealth System, please visit valleywest.org.