Recently ERMC honored three staff members with the Dr. Meinke & Dr. Sherman Award. Traditionally, two ERMC employees are recognized for providing exceptional service to fellow staff members, patients, and the community. The award, also known as the Employees of the Year Award, was established to honor Dr. Albert Meinke and Dr. Eber Sherman, physicians who were instrumental in the founding of Eaton Rapids Medical Center. The hospital’s Best Places to Work committee votes to honor one clinical and one non-clinical employee who has gone above and beyond during the past year. This year a new category was added to celebrate an employee in a leadership position. The winners are usually unveiled during ERMC’s holiday gala. Because the gathering was canceled, the recipients were announced to the staff during a virtual hospital-wide meeting.
Clinical Employee of the Year – Dylan Hamilton, Heart Station
Dylan brings a smile and “can do” attitude with him every single day. His positive impact is felt by not only his co-workers but also by all his patients. Dylan has helped his team grow and push forward to expand testing in the department.
Non-clinical Employee of the Year – Melissa Lucas, Environmental Services
Melissa is dedicated to making sure every area is safe and clean for the next patient or family member that walks through our doors. We might not see her much, because she is so busy making sure every place is spotless.
Leadership Employee of the Year – Tanya Marsh, RHC Manager
Tanya leads with an enviable sense of calm, even as the pandemic continues to cause crisis after crisis. Both patients and her team appreciate how she truly listens to their concerns and without fail looks for a solution. Tanya is admired by many as she pushes forward with her positive attitude and is ready to tackle whatever comes her way.
During the award announcement, each nomination was read on behalf of the winning employee. Employees sent congratulations messages and uplifting comments as the virtual meeting continued. President and chief executive officer Tim Johnson ended the meeting with a heartfelt closing. “I am so thankful that each of you chose to work here at ERMC and care deeply for our patients and each other. It has been another year full of unknowns and we continue to withstand the test because of this team,” said Johnson.