(Pooler, Georgia) March 14, 2019— Living up to their “Our People Matter” mantra, Effingham Health System honored over 70 employees during their 2019 Employee Appreciation Banquet. Karen Harden-O’Neal, HER TITLE, was honored as Employee of the Year. Outstanding Service Awards went to Ashley Mitchell (department), Marilou Howe (department), and Richie Burns (department). The annual ceremony honors excellence and service from across the entire healthcare system, which employs approximately 450 people.
“The people we are recognizing today, exemplify our mission: to provide every patient an experience of compassion, quality care, and service excellence at its highest level of customer expectation,” says CEO Fran Baker-Witt. “But they are also in tune to our vision for the future— to achieve customer and industry recognition while providing the highest potential health outcomes for the patients we serve.”
Effingham Health System also conferred Pillar Awards (for Quality, Patient Experience, Financial Performance, and Strategic Growth), Leadership Awards, and Service Awards for notable anniversaries.
Among those recognized for extended service with Effingham Health System was Bertha Scott, HER TITLE, who was recognized for 45 years with EHS.
See our photo gallery of Award Recipients.
EHS 2019 Employee Appreciation Awards
Employee of the Year
Stephanie Riggin, Health Information Management Coordinator
Outstanding Service Awards
Ashley Mitchell (IT)
Marilou Howe (Nutritional Services)
Richie Burns (Engineering)
Pillar Awards: Quality
Effingham Hospital Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second year in a row. Accepting: Nancy Fleming, Jennifer Floyd, and Dr. John Bennett.
Effingham Care Center Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second consecutive year. Accepting: Susan Collins and Christie Lumpkin.
Pillar Awards: Patient Experience
Effingham Family Medicine and Pediatrics Practices: in Goshen, Guyton, Pt. Wentworth, Rincon, and Springfield: for achieving 97.8% patient satisfaction scores for the last two years. Accepting: Kathy Sydow and Maggie Palmer.
Pillar Awards: Financial Performance
Financial Services Department. Accepting: Al Allred.
Pillar Awards: Strategic Growth
Foundation. Accepting: Marie Murphy.
Surgical Services. Accepting: Nancy Flemming, Tim Brantley, and Dr. Alexander Wynn.
45 Year Service Awards
30 Year Service Awards
25 Year Service Awards
20 Year Service Awards
15 Year Service Awards
10–Year Service Awards
5 Year Service Awards
John Bennett, MD
Krystle Frost Diamond
Claude Sanks, III, MD