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Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services Present Several Awards During Employee Appreciation Luncheon.


The 2017 Employee Appreciation Luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 17th 2017.   The following individuals were recognized with Employee Service Awards for their longevity within the organization.

35 Years : Bernie Nesheim

25 Years: Ginny Anderson, Deb Hauger, LeAnn Knudson, Rita Westergaard

20 Years: Dee Hansen, Margo McCue, 15 Years: Cody Carstensen, Gerrie Olsen, Ed Poll, Robin Stockland

10 Years: Matt Berry, Stacy Clites, Kelly Happeny, Shirley Hoxeng, Carol Mayer, Dee Merryfield, Shellie Sveeggen, Janice Wilson

5 Years: Kari Jensen, Karen Knudsen, Phyllis Meyers, Kayla Nielsen, Patty Schmidt, Sherry Vandre, Jen VanDriel, Bev Welsh, & Lori Molan

During the Employee Appreciation Luncheon, the award for Employee of the Year and Employee Volunteer of the Year were given out.  The Employee of the Year is voted on by staff and is chosen from all Employee of the Month recipients from May 2016- April 2017.

The 2017 Employee of the Year award was presented to Ed Poll.  Ed was voted for Employee of the Month for June 2016.  Those who nominated Ed for Employee of the Month described him as someone who will always do anything for you.  He works with precision and does his job extremely well.  One person commented, “You can guarantee any time you see Ed, he will either give you a smile or a laugh.  His good attitude is contagious and always brightens my day whenever I see him in the halls.”

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Other employees who were nominated for this award this past year were: Cassandra Zurcher, Tonya Rudd, Billie Walker, Amanda Limmer, Kimberly Kaufman, Shane Kingsbury, Beverly Welsh, Shellie Sveeggen, Lester Jahnig, Mary Clayton, and Kayla Nielsen.

The 2017 Employee Volunteer of the Year award went to Anne Christiansen.  Anne started working at Pioneer Memorial in 1992, and is responsible for coordinating and managing all accounting and financial operations of PMH&HS.  Anne is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Northern State University.

During the presentation Jenn Eli read the following about Anne receiving this award. 

“This quote by Sarah Ban Brethnach: ‘The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.’  This is a perfect description of our Employee Volunteer of the Year.  Having the foresight to be able to see the end result of a project and knowing the steps and the work needed to get to that end result is a trait that she also possesses. Our number crunching, race running employee volunteer of the year is none other than Anne Christiansen!”

Anne has held the position of C.F.O. since she started here.  In this position she uses her analytical skills to make sure the facility makes and reaches the goals needed to maintain the facility’s quality of care.

As a volunteer, Anne is always willing to help with several activities for staff and residents.  You will find her striving for a bigger and better Employee Christmas Party, helping to make the Spring Fling a successful endeavor for all involved, making the Danish Days Road Race go as smoothly as possible,  being creative with her table every year for the Extravaganza.  Anne and her husband, Rob have twin boys, Sean and Eric and two girls – Megan and Jacia.   They will be welcoming their first grandson in August! 

Anne’s hobbies, when she has time, include running, golfing, snowmobiling, and reading.  She has been very involved with the Lund Theater and also the Viborg Development Corporation. 

Anne has been an outstanding member of our community and a dedicated employee over the past 25 years. We would like to congratulate Anne in achieving this award!”

When asked what she thought about receiving this award, Anne replied, “It is a great honor to be recognized as the Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services Employee Volunteer of the Year.  I enjoy the many opportunities to volunteer at Pioneer Memorial and to be able to share my talents to benefit others.  I am very proud to work for an organization that cares deeply for its patients, residents, employees, and the communities we serve.”

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services appreciate our employees and say, “Thank You for your service.”

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