When Chomphunuch Landt learned she had been named the HGH “Employee
of the Year” for 2015, she said she was so happy she thought her
heart might burst.
“I couldn't wait to tell my mom back home in Thailand that I
was recognized as Employee of the Year," she said. "I was so
proud and excited and knew that she would be very proud too.”
Chomphunuch is a certified nursing assistant in the Acute Department at
the hospital. She is also cross training as a CNA in the Surgery Department.
Chomphunuch began working at HGH four years ago as an environmental aide
before receiving her CNA certification. She says she loves working at
HGH because she can help people get better and go back home.
“And I like to make people happy while they're here,” she said.
Chomphunuch said she is already getting more experience and additional
training in OR and is participating in Humboldt General Hospital's
Professional Practice Program.
“I do different presentations at staff meetings to help my co-workers
learn about equipment in our department,” said Chomphunuch.
She said she wants to thank her co-workers for teaching her and showing
her how to do things. “With everyone's help, I was able to be
Employee of the Year!”
Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue EMT Madison Waldie says she was shocked
to be named the 2015 “EMT of the Year.”
“I have only worked here for a little over a year and there are so
many EMS providers that are deserving of being recognized,” she said.
Madison works as an EMT basic with HGH EMS as well as a flight communications
specialist with Humboldt General Hospital's Communications Center.
She is also studying for her paramedic—an experience she said is
“helping me to become a better provider.”
Madison said she enjoys working at such a beautiful facility with such
talented and skilled providers. She also enjoys helping with outreach
projects in the community, and teaching—whenever she has the chance.
“I do enjoy being a part of HGH EMS, and enjoy every opportunity
that I have to work with the men and women that make up the department,”
she said. “I’ve learned so much from all of them in a short
period of time, and I really enjoy it.”
Humboldt General Hospital Surgical Services Manager Ashley Stephen was
honored as the 2015 “Manager of the Year.”
“I was very surprised to even be nominated as Manager of the Year,”
she said, “and I never expected to win.”
Ashley has worked at HGH since March 2010, first as a certified nursing
assistant in Harmony Manor, then as an apprentice nurse in the Emergency
Department, then as an RN in the ER, and now in the OR.
“I really enjoy working with the people in this community and the
staff at HGH,” she said.
Ashley said she is really looking forward to the expansion and remodel
of the OR that is now taking place.
“I’m looking forward to improving our current practices and
ensuring that patients receive great care when undergoing surgical procedures.”
In addition to the three “of the year” employees, HGH CEO Jim
Parrish also recognized Clinical Informatics Coordinator Lupe Diaz for
the many good things she has brought to HGH.
Lupe has worked at HGH in her current position for about four years, but
she actually just completed her 20th anniversary. She said some of her
favorite things about HGH are the interactions she’s privileged
to have with patients and staff.
When Lupe learned of her special award, she said, “I was stunned
and felt very humbled at the fact that I had been chosen for such an award.”
Lupe has been working toward her degree as an Information Specialist—a
difficult but worthwhile effort she said has helped her continue to provide
excellent service to both staff and patients.
“This job has its challenges,” she said, “but with those
challenges comes growth as well, and I am thankful to everyone at HGH
that has very patiently helped me along this journey.”
HGH CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish said it has been an honor for him and
other staff members at the hospital to be able to work alongside fine
employees like Landt, Waldie, Stephen, Diaz and Dr. Len Perkinson, whom
he recognized as the “Provide of the Year” for his excellent
service to patients, community and staff over the past five years.
“These are steady, thoughtful people who are all about helping in
whatever ways they can,” says Parrish. “We all appreciate
them so much; they have made Humboldt General Hospital a better place
through their dedicated service.”