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Laboratory coordinator Diane Welsh
Laboratory coordinator Diane Welsh inside the hospital laboratory, a very familiar place to her after 35 years of employment there.

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital staff took a mid-afternoon break on Tuesday, May 8, to recognize four dozen co-workers who reached employment milestones.

At the 2018 Service Awards Celebration, held in the hospital cafeteria, CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden praised the employees’ dedication to serving the community through their work at the hospital and medical clinics. Topping out the list at 35 years of service was Diane Welsh, Laboratory coordinator, with a hire date of April 18, 1983.

35-year employee Diane Welsh poses with CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden and her Laboratory manager, Stewart Pritchard.
35-year employee Diane Welsh poses with CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden and her Laboratory manager, Stewart Pritchard.

Tracy Dahlman, Pharmacy coordinator, and Carol Scanlan, patient financial counselor, were honored for 30 years of service. Brietta Lefever, RN, of Emergency Services, was celebrated for 25 years.

Carol Scanlan, left, and Tracy Dahlman
Carol Scanlan, left, and Tracy Dahlman

Six staff members with 15 years of service were honored: Naomi Carter, Pharmacy; Sarah Lewis, Emergency Services; Rick Rhoton, Nursing Administration; Alicia Stevens, Medical/Surgical Unit; Kelly Taylor, Business Office; and Stacy Thompson, Nutrition Services.

The 15-year employees who attended the ceremony were, from left, Naomi Carter, Rick Rhoton and Kelly Taylor.
The 15-year employees who attended the ceremony were, from left, Naomi Carter, Rick Rhoton and Kelly Taylor.

The 11 Samaritan employees with 10 years of service are: Dr. Jonathan Babbitt, Emergency Services; Jillian Cochran, Samaritan Women’s Health Center; Karen Dettner, Medical/Surgical Unit; John Jurkanin, Anesthesia; Sherri Nordyke, Patient Registration; Melissa Reade, Respiratory Therapy; Rhonda Salinas, Medical/Surgical Unit; Angel Serrato, Plant Engineering; Salena Veloz, Diagnostic Imaging; Mica Ward, Nutrition Services; and Liz Wood, Medical/Surgical Unit.

A total of 28 others were honored for five years of service.

During the ceremony, HR Director Heather Arce-Torres presented highlights from the years that employees were hired, while Dr. Ogden presented awards. In addition, the supervisors for the top three longest serving employees spoke about their employee, with heartfelt gratitude and a few humorous stories.

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