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Aurora employee honored at statewide recognition event

Thursday, May 12, 2005

When Debbie Fox entered the health care workforce 8 years ago, she wanted more than a job. She wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Fox found what she was looking for as a patient transport specialist and film management clerk at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh.

Whether it is helping out a new employee or providing an uplifting conversation to a nervous patient, Debbie is there when someone needs her.

“The satisfaction that we feel in our work is one of the greatest rewards that anyone could ever hope to experience, ” Fox says. “It is very rewarding to have patients tell you that the experience they had while being transported was safe and comfortable.”

Fox joined 68 other hospital employees from across the state that were honored at the 2005 Wisconsin Health Care Employee Pride Program recognition dinner at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), is designed to celebrate the health care workforce and recognize their “truly amazing” contributions to the health of their communities, according to Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton.

“People who work in hospitals are among Wisconsin’s most dedicated and valuable employees. It takes special people to care for others and our communities are richer, safer, and healthier places to live because of these professionals,” Brenton added. “We hope that by sharing their stories, others will be encouraged to choose a health occupation and career.”

Employees were asked to describe what led them to choose an occupation in health, and why they decided to work in a hospital. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays. A committee at each health care facility selected the winning essay, and that person was honored at the recognition banquet on April 28.

The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration, the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society.

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Contact:  Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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