By Alex Haglund
Washington County Hospital held its fiesta-themed annual employee service awards banquet and holiday party on Friday, January 16, at lunchtime. WCH honored 20 employees and three retired board members at the event.
“This represents hundreds of hours, hundreds of years of service,” said WCH President and CEO Nancy Newby, who also was serving as the event’s emcee. “It’s an amazing amount of dedicated employees and that’s the whole idea. The strength of our hospital is how dedicated you all our and we need to say ‘thank you.’”
Employees being honored were able to choose a gift that they received based on how many years they had been with WCH. Each employee present was called up front to show what they had received and to speak if they wished to.
The longest serving employee honored was Carla Taft, who retired in December after 43 years with WCH. Taft received a clock in a wooden case with an engraving to her.
Joanie Dalman was the longest serving current employee being honored; she has served for 40 years with WCH.
“I would like to thank the board present and past. I know it’s not an easy job,” said Dalman. She also thanked the Hospital administration, her parents and coworkers who had taught her things.
“Above all, I’d like to thank my fellow employees,” Dalman said, “for all these years, for having my back, for listening to me when I’ve had a bad day, and for coming to my aid when I need to be in five places at one time. This is a wonderful institution. As my career winds down, I just want everyone to know how thankful I am to have been a member of Washington County Hospital.”
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