Valley West departments recognized with Pillar Awards

KishHealth System Home Care was awarded the health system's Growth Pillar Award.
KishHealth System Home Care was awarded the health system's Growth Pillar Award.

KishHealth System recognized employees, teams, and departments who have demonstrated significant achievements toward the health system’s organizational goals in the areas of Service, People, Quality, Finance, and Growth at the 12th annual Employee Recognition Banquet May 12.

The Pillar Awards of Excellence recognize those who show sustainability of results, a one-time organizational contribution that has a major impact on a Pillar.

Service Pillar Award 

KishHealth System presented the Service Pillar Award to the Valley West Hospital Food & Nutrition Services Department. Over the past year, the department has introduced many positive changes that benefit patients and employees on a daily basis, including serving hot breakfast in the cafeteria and starting a new patient room service option. Their employee satisfaction scores are at 95 percent. 

Quality Pillar Award

The Quality Pillar Award was presented to the Surgical Services Department at Valley West Hospital. The department identified areas of improvement in policies and procedures, and implemented changes. In fiscal year 2013 and so far in 2014, the department’s core measures scores related to the Quality Pillar were 99 to 100 percent each quarter.

People Pillar Award

The People Pillar Award was presented to Colleen Parks, LCSW, manager of KishHealth System Social Services. She has consistently demonstrated excellent leadership skills for a rapidly growing and expanding team across the health system: Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals inpatient and outpatient services, both emergency departments, KishHealth System Home Care, and the Cancer Center.

Finance Pillar Award

The Finance Pillar Award was presented to Joe Jarocki, director, and Connie Snider, manager, from KishHealth System Materials Management, for their efforts in reducing medical supply and capital equipment cost. Materials Management identified several opportunities to reduce expenses, and cut capital equipment costs for the health system by more than $1 million.

Growth Pillar Award

The Growth Pillar Award was presented to KishHealth System Home Care. Last year, KishHealth System purchased the home care service line from the DeKalb County Board of Health. Since the service was transferred to the health system, Home Care’s volumes have tripled and continue to grow. The home care staff has shown continued compassion and commitment as the service line grows.

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