Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, hosted over 300 employees at its annual LIVE Celebration, May 8, at HiMark Golf Course. Employees enjoyed a connection hour, photo booths and dinner.
The event celebrated Tabitha employee successes for 2013. Debra Hauder, continuum navigator, was honored for 40 years of service; Teri Musser, social worker, for 35 years of service; and Dana Murray, admissions/MDS team leader, Linda Sabatka, communications supervisor, and Darrell Sievert, vice president of information technology, were honored for 30 years of service. Nearly 70 others were recognized for their 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years of service to Tabitha.
25-year Honorees - Diane Hyde, Kim King, Robin Pulver, Kim Sasek, Jean Schmutte, Cheryl Sharp.
20-year Honorees - Wanda Driewer, Julie Fowler, Vicky Gerstenschlager, Billie Hermsen, Randy Krueger, Jerry Phares, Nikki Wells, Rosita Wheeler, Jackie Wolfe.
15-year Honorees - Tammy Berndt, Laura Hametis, Rosie Martinez, Mindy Mohler, Ami Nosal, Margaret Rumery, Shirley Smith.
10-year Honorees - Constance Binder, Barbara Calder-Durbin, Peggy Confer, Susan Foltz, Vincent Foster, Jennifer Hall, Cynthia Kohn, Stacy Marx, Judith Policky, Ashley Sneller, Debra Wright.
5-year Honorees - Keith Baehr, Barbara Beaty, Alexander Brown, Susan Brown, Pamela Burrows, Zarifa Cekro, Lelia Chealey, Danielle Conners, Donald Dillon, Nathan Fellers, Amber Gefaller, Jared Godfrey, Trisha Groth, Jennifer Harrod, Stacey Helgoth, Jeremy Hohlen, Kathy Homolka, Kathleen Jisa, Heather Jurey, Kala Kontos, Patricia Kuhlmann, Kathy Lapour, Jennifer Lorenz, Chandra McCurdy, Beth Newton, Lisa Osborne, Karla Renn, Tammy Schnell, Shirley Skrobecki, Joshua Staats, Iris Thompson, Meagan Thompson, Beverly Weible, Joyce Wheeler, Tammy Wollen, Aubrey Young.
April Ostransky, facility services assistant, received the LIVE Well Lifestyle award in recognition of her commitment to healthy living and encouraging other team members to do the same.
Gloria Asch, printing and copy coordinator, Stacy Clark, continuum navigator, Jackie Sterns, RN, and Nancy Wheeler, visiting nurse, were named the LIVE2Succeed award winners for each of their respective regions, while Kimmara Hughes, administrative assistant, was named the overall winner. LIVE2Succeed honors the extraordinary effort put forth by those employees that go the extra mile for Tabitha by going above and beyond their job descriptions.
Evelyn Strong, LPN team leader, was recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Strong’s supervisor, Sandra Hovis, director of nursing, noted her superb customer service and love for Tabitha.
Debra Hauder, Rose Jarzynka, Sandra Shunkwiler, Jenna Meyer, Lynette Pospisil, Sara Zimbelman, Nathan Fellers, Tasha Brown, Crystal Sato, Barbara Beaty, Laurie Smathers and Hope Bokota were recognizes as the 2013 Employees of the Month, while Darrell Sievert, Pat Deeds, Aloha Schmid and Felicia Rasmussen were honored as the 2013 Leaders of the Quarter.
Pastor David Sites, Tabitha director of pastoral care, was presented a letter from Bishop Brian Maas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congratulating him on the 40th anniversary of his ordination.
At the celebration, Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO, gave remarks to thank employees for their commitment to Tabitha’s core values and to building trust with Tabitha Elders and their families. William Strain, chairperson on Tabitha’s board of directors also addressed the crowd, “I thank you for helping to create and sustain the happiness that flows through Tabitha as you do the work of our mission. Thank you for your quiet acts of care that keep smiles on the faces of Elders,” he said.
Tabitha’s award-winning LIVE2Succeed™ corporate culture encourages team members to love their job, invite optimism, vision success and embrace the mission. Hinrichs said of the culture, “Love matters most at Tabitha. My team hears me say, ‘I’ve never worked a day in my life,’ because of this love. It’s love that enables all Tabitha team members to LIVE at Tabitha. We share an unmatched passion for life, for our work and for the more than 3,000 Elders we are privileged to serve daily. We pour our hearts into extending our mission and in doing so, in loving each other and our Elders, we reap immeasurable rewards.”
As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.