St. Mary Named "Hospital of the Year" by United Way

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St. Mary Medical Center of Hobart was named “Hospital of the Year” by the Lake Area United Way for the exemplary employee contributions given by its administrative, nursing and medical and support staff in the 2009-2010 community campaign.

Lake Area United Way recognized St. Mary’s staff and administration for leading all area hospitals in total employee giving, achieving the highest average employee gift and the best overall employee participation level in the campaign.

The award was presented to hospital CEO Janice Ryba and Tony Ferracane, vice president of human resources for Community Healthcare System, which oversees Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center, in Hobart.

“United Way is pleased to honor St. Mary Medical Center’s employees for being ‘best in class’ in the hospital category,” Dan Lowery, vice president of academic affairs for Calumet College of St. Joseph and president of Lake Area United Way’s Board of Trustees, said.

In the 2009-2010 campaign, St. Mary’s employees contributed $23,662, which represents an 11.3 percent increase in dollars compared to the prior campaign, and employee participation jumped nearly 21 percent compared to 2008. Over the last four United Way campaigns, employee giving at St. Mary Medical Center has increased 90 percent. On top of this, the Community Foundation and the hospital’s medical staff gave very generous gifts.

“With so many excellent and giving hospitals in our community, being named ‘Hospital of the Year’ is quite an accomplishment. The employees of St. Mary Medical Center are very deserving of this honor,” Lowery said. “You exemplify the hospital’s mission and values.

“We share with the United Way a strong commitment to supporting our communities,” Ryba said. “There is a culture of caring at St. Mary Medical Center that is deep and genuine among our employees, medical staff and volunteers. It is an honor to be recognized for their efforts.”

In presenting the special award, St. Mary’s Director of Human Resources Yvonne Hoff and HR Specialist Ellen Page were recognized for their outstanding service as the employee campaign managers in charge of planning and conducting the United Way drive at St. Mary’s.

“Yvonne and Ellen have worked hard to educate and motivate their co-workers and colleagues on how their gifts to United Way are re-invested back into the community, who is helped and ways to get involved,” Lowery said.

This year’s award was bestowed during a team meeting attended by all department leaders at St. Mary’s on June 29. To help celebrate this achievement, all hospital employees will enjoy slices of cheesecake that will be delivered to their respective departments, and they will also get a chance to see and touch the United Way award trophy.

Lake Area United Way created the “Hospital of the Year” Award in 2008, presenting the first award to Community Hospital’s employees. The traveling glass trophy is presented to the local institution with the highest employee giving overall, best average gift and highest employee participation rate.

This article was supplied by Robert K. Scott Jr., vice president of marketing and communications for Lake Area United Way. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle staff.

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