Humboldt General Hospital Honors Top Employees

Duane Grannis says he felt excited and very honored to be named the HGH “Employee of the Year” for 2016.

The Maintenance Manager has worked at Humboldt General Hospital since May 2013, and in that time he has come to view his co-workers as “family.”

That’s one of his favorite things about his job. Another one is that “every day brings something new.”

In fact, Grannis and HGH Maintenance Supervisor Craig Prest oversee so many different aspects of the hospital’s physical operation that it can sometimes seem overwhelming.

“I’m always looking for training and ways to improve myself to keep up with all the new equipment and systems that control so much of the hospital,” he said.

Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue Advanced-EMT Gregory Harding says he was shocked to be named the 2016 “EMT of the Year.”

“I was so surprised because there are so many deserving people in our department,” he said. “I wouldn’t be as skilled as I am today if it hadn’t been for the great team I work with.”

Even though Harding is just a few years out of high school, he’s actually worked at HGH for 12 years—the first decade as a volunteer at Harmony Manor Skilled Nursing and Residential Care Community and HGH EMS Rescue.

In May 2015, he was hired full-time as a Material Management Clerk. In February 2016, he transferred full-time to the Ambulance Department.

Harding says he has plenty of things he loves about HGH. “I can walk into any department and I know a majority of the people that work there. You know who your coworkers are and what they do and you may even know their families. I love that we are all kind of like family at HGH.”

Additionally, Harding said he is impressed by his co-workers’ knowledge. “There are so many opportunities to learn and get hands-on experience to better patient care and help the community.”

He added, “I hope to grow with HGH; I hope to expand my training and knowledge to better serve my community each day.”

Humboldt General Hospital Laboratory Supervisor Shirley Morrell was honored as the 2016 “Manager of the Year.”

About three years ago, Morrell came to HGH on a six-month travel technologist assignment. When she was offered the Laboratory Supervisor position in March 2014, she jumped at the chance.

“I love the friendly, hometown atmosphere here and the camaraderie between departments in serving our clients and addressing and solving problems,” she said.

Being recognized for her work was just the cherry on top. “I was excited, stunned, joyful and humbled,” she said of her award.

Anybody who knows Morrell knows no grass grows under her feet. She plans to continue to remain current in laboratory technology through online courses and also through courses offered by HGH. “I want to continue to be an asset to my department, coworkers, physicians and clients,” she said.

Morrell is also hoping to spearhead a type of "Career Day Open House" at HGH where interested students could take tours through the various departments, ask questions and become more informed about the various career fields available to them.

Morrell added, “I would just like to say I love working at Humboldt. I love my work, my coworkers are wonderful. I strive each day to help give clients good experiences and I continue to be excited about my job and performing it well.

Grannis, Harding and Morrell were honored during the hospital’s annual awards banquet in December. The three were recognized with plaques and cash awards. Staff members at the hospital nominate their peers for the three “of the year” awards; winners are then chosen by hospital administrators.