Education Coordinator Peg Arnett, R.N., was named Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s TRAC STAR of the Fourth Quarter at a hospital ceremony on Monday. The hospital’s TRAC STAR embodies the core values that guide employee performance: teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer service, safety, talent, accountability and respect.
A Salida resident and 27-year hospital employee, Arnett was commended for stepping up recently on two occasions to serve as interim vice president of nursing. “Peg brought her considerable talents to the job by successfully leading the nursing team with a positive attitude and commitment to the highest level of patient care,” wrote the hospital employee who nominated her. “She encouraged teamwork among nurse managers and is a role model, demonstrating respect, accountability and commitment to safety. Peg is quick to recognize others with praise and thanks, as well as offer constructive assistance when needed.”
Arnett was unable to attend the ceremony, but hospital CEO Ken Leisher said she will receive a $200 gift check, a fleece jacket with the hospital’s TRAC logo, and a certificate to be professionally photographed. A plaque with her photo will also be displayed in the hospital.
Leisher also saluted the other two finalists for the quarterly TRAC STAR award, Lab Supervisor Melissa Christianson and Lab Tech Jeffry Gallardo, both of Salida.
Christianson’s positive attitude, willingness to recognize fellow employees and skills as a teacher were recognized. “Melissa shares her many talents with her co-workers,” wrote her nominator. “She is able to perform all tasks in the lab and also helps in pathology as needed. Melissa also does a wonderful job covering the lab manager’s duties and responsibilities when needed. Melissa can be fully trusted and will ensure all is taken care of.”
Gallardo was described as “amazing” and “a joy to work with” by his nominator. “When we have been slammed in the Emergency Department, it is the single most noticeable difference when Jeffry is here. He is fast, efficient, kind, helpful, attentive and overall WONDERFUL! We see patients faster and he is a PHENOMENAL phlebotomist. Numerous ‘hard sticks’ don’t faze Jeffry – he makes it seem as though they have garden hoses for veins.”
HRRMC employees can nominate any of their colleagues for the TRAC STAR award. Members of the hospital’s Communications Team review all nominations, and then cast individual ballots to determine the top three finalists. All finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.