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Hospital Announces Its Associates of the Month

February 16, 2010

Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates of the Month of January. Each month hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families, and physicians.

This month’s Oak Hill Hospital “Stars” are:

Mary Schuetter, CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Mary joined Oak Hill Hospital’s fifth floor telemetry unit in September 2009 where she serves as a patient care assistant ensuring that patients are comfortable and satisfied along with helping nursing staff with anything they need. Mary lives in Weeki Wachee with her mother, Jayne, and father, Jerry, and their dog, Prince Zachery. Mary’s nominations came from patients who continually compliment her on the excellent care they receive. In particular patients feel that she communicates well with patients and has a positive, friendly attitude. One senior patient particularly expressed how Mary treated her with “respect.” Mary says, “What I like most is the friendly family-like atmosphere that makes a 12 hour shift go by smoother and less stressful.”

Christina Stodart, RN
Christina joined Oak Hill Hospital in November of 2004. She has worked in the emergency room, the cardiovascular intensive care unit and telemetry. She currently works in the medical critical care unit. Christina’s nominations came from both a physician and a patient’s family extolling the great service that she provides and her excellent social skills. “She explained everything in great context.” She particularly goes out of her way to talk with patients and family members. Christina and her husband, David, live in Spring Hill with their son, Devon. For her part Christina says that the thing she likes best about working at Oak Hill Hospital is the relationship with her coworkers and the physicians. “I like how everyone works together as a team.”

Elena Pereira, CNA and Monitor Tech
Elena joined the fifth floor telemetry unit in October of 2006 where she serves as a certified nursing assistant and monitor technician. She and her husband, Josey, live in Weeki Wachee with their daughter, Kristina, 15, and their pets:  Skruffy, Snichi, Angel and Demon. She has two stepsons, Joey and Anthony, who live in New Jersey. Elena has received several nominations and commendations from patients and their families. One particular patient cited how she immediately felt better upon coming to the emergency room when she had learned that Elena was going to take care of her. “I knew I would be taken care of. She is exceptional.” Elena has a reputation for making her patients stay in our facility as enjoyable as possible in a difficult situation.  “She takes those few extra minutes to assure that the patient is knowledgeable of what is transpiring and while maintaining her regular workload which is no easy task, I’m sure.” Several other patients echoed these exact same sentiments praising Elena for her ability to explain medical conditions and procedures in an understandable way and for being amazingly pleasant and cheerful and efficient even at the end of a very long day. For her part Elena says that she likes everything about Oak Hill Hospital. “My first impression was that the staff is very welcoming and friendly and helpful. Teamwork is very important in our profession. It’s very rewarding to see people when they feel much better.”

In making the announcement Oak Hill Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Sonia Gonzalez said, “Dr. Thomas Frist, Senior, our founder, always believed that ‘Good people beget good people.’ People like Mary, Christina and Elena prove that Oak Hill Hospital will continue the legacy.”

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