Floyd’s Celebration of Service honors employees with 15 up to 40 years of service, plus award winners.

Floyd’s Celebration of Service honors employees with 15 up to 40 years of service, plus award winners.

Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel honors Patty Burney for her 40 years of service to Floyd on Thursday during Floyd’s annual Celebration of Service at The Forum River Center.

Patty Burney, a licensed practical nurse at Floyd Medical Center, was recognized for 40 years of dedicated patient care during Floyd’s Celebration of Service held Thursday night at The Forum River Center.

“As a nurse in Floyd’s anesthesia department, Patty Burney has been a consistent voice of wisdom and experience for her co-workers for 40 years,” said Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel.

The annual Celebration of Service pays tribute to Floyd’s dedicated staff and departments that work to deliver quality, compassionate health care. Burney was one of many employees honored for their lengthy, dedicated service.

Don Taylor, a paramedic, and Judy Hicks, secretary of EMS who retired in 2017, were recognized for 35 years of service.

Four employees were recognized for 30 years of service, including Sherail Jones, accounting; Cindy Lewis, Pediatrics; Cindy Moran, Willowbrooke at Floyd, and Sheila Roberts, Rehabilitation Services. Forty-eight others were recognized for years of service ranging from 15 to 25 years.

Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel presents the President’s Award to Karen Sablon.

Karen Sablon, Director of Rehabilitation Services, was honored with the President’s Award.

“If there is a cause that requires a champion, this person is among the first to volunteer for that role,” Stuenkel said about Sablon before announcing the winner. “If there is a co-worker who needs encouragement, this individual is ready with a smile, a kind word or an inspirational story. If a need is identified in our organization, this year’s recipient can be counted on to rally the troops and will be at the front of line, leading the charge.”

Sablon’s “vision, eye for strategy, awareness of personal dynamics and commitment to Floyd’s success have resulted in programs that have given Floyd unparalleled access and visibility in our community,” Stuenkel added.

Joseph Herren, M.D., was named Physician of the Year. Dr. Herren practices with Floyd Primary Care at Rome Internal Medicine. The award honors a Floyd physician who has provided leadership and has demonstrated outstanding support of the organization and its mission.

The Physician Practice of the Year was awarded to the Floyd Primary Care Office of Joe Vaughn, M.D. and Tammy Gladney, nurse practitioner. The honor goes to a practice that achieves success by exhibiting outstanding performances in patient satisfaction, quality measures, financial measures and organizational support.

Ken Ozment (front row second from left), Director of Plant Facilities at Floyd, was honored with the Executive Team Award on Thursday during Floyd’s annual Celebration of Service at The Forum River Center. Also pictured are Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jeff Buda (front row left), President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Stuenkel, Vice President, Support Services David Early, Polk Medical Center Administrator Matt Gorman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Rigas (back row left), Corporate Compliance Officer Julie Rogers, Vice President Greg Polley, Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management Rick Childs, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rick Sheerin, Chief Human Resources Officer Beth Bradford and Corporate Counsel Tommy Manning, honored Ozment during the event.

The Executive Team Award, chosen by Floyd’s leadership, was given to Ken Ozment, Director of Plant Facilities.

Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel (right) presents the Department of the Year Award to Floyd Corporate Health’s Director Chris Butler (left) and Assistant Director Jamie Brannon .

Floyd Corporate Health earned the Department of the Year Award.

Other awards included Patient Satisfaction Excellence Award – Floyd Center for Joint Replacement; Excellence in People-Focused Initiatives – Floyd Fit Program; Quality Excellence Award – Polk Chest Pain Certification, Financial Excellence – Tray Tracking for Central Sterile Processing, and Strategic Excellence Award – School Nurse Program.


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