PMC recognizes employees during week-long celebration

Amy Charles

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrated its nearly 3,300 employees during National Hospital Week held May 7-13.


This particular week on the calendar means that PMC employees were treated to lunch, gifts and special recognition.


“During hospital week we honor the nearly 3,300 employees that make PMC special. PMC employees demonstrate dedication, teamwork and some of the best work ethic that can be found anywhere,” PMC Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins said.


“This year our theme for National Hospital Week was ‘We Love PMC’s Employees,’” PMC Human Resources Project Manager Liz Gunnell said. “Through collaboration between Human Resources, Public Relations, Food and Nutritional Services and Management, we were able to provide gifts, prizes, and free meals for all our employees.”


“It’s about giving back to the employees to thank them for everything they do for the patients all year long,” PMC Public Relations Event Administrator Patty Thompson said. “Anything we can do to put a smile on their face is what Hospital Week is all about.”


The week kicked off on Sunday with cookies for the weekend shifts given out by a few of PMC’s Vice Presidents. On Monday, employees enjoyed free oatmeal and toppings in the PMC Restaurant. In fact, every day of Hospital Week, employees were treated to free food items in the PMC Restaurant. Tuesday was free ice cream, Wednesday was free salad bar, Thursday was free popcorn and on Friday employees received a family style BBQ lunch with all the sides and dessert.


“Whether you have been here two days, two months or 40 years, Hospital Week is for you,” Thompson said.


Gift distribution began on Monday and continued throughout the week. This year, every employee was given a new PMC lunch tote and a cup with straw. And to the delight of everyone, each employee then got to order their choice of a new PMC polo or long-sleeved quarter zip pullover.


A new event was added to Hospital Week this year, the PMC Wellness Fair, planned by Caitlin Smith, PMC Wellness Coordinator. During this event, free health screenings and prizes were offered exclusively to employees. The screenings offered were glucose, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), flexibility test, skin assessment and foot screenings.


“I was very excited to plan the first Wellness Fair, and I was pleased with the overall participation,” said Smith. “I was thrilled with the enthusiasm PMC employees seem to have around the idea of wellness and their reactions to some of the new components we introduced during Hospital Week.”


Some of these new wellness components include signage in the PMC Restaurant displaying the nutritional information of items served, a new outdoor break area on the 6th floor of May Tower and new signage in all the stairways and next to the elevators of the Clinic Building encouraging people to take the stairs.


Also, available to employees at the Wellness Fair was information about the HMR weight loss program, the ZO Skin Health products available on Clinic 10, chaplain services and smoking cessation. To register for the prizes participants had to visit five or more stations to be eligible. Wellness prizes included 20 YMCA monthly memberships, wellness bags, glucometers, workout gear, ZO Skin Health products and a Fitbit.


“Planning Wellness Wednesday was a great learning experience and I hope next year’s Hospital Week wellness events will be even better,” said Smith.


Each and every day, multiple winners were drawn to win prizes. These included movie passes from the Riverfill 10, gas cards from Double Kwik, massage certificates from Pur Lux in Harold, Texas Roadhouse gift certificates and Food City gift cards.


On Friday, grand prize winners were announced. Employees won prizes including Kings Island tickets, Cincinnati Zoo passes, Hidden Mountain Resort gift certificate, Great Wolf Lodge gift certificate, Gatti’s gift cards, Camden Park tickets, Dollywood passes, Cincinnati Reds tickets, Pikeville Zipline passes, Pikeville River Kayak passes and a big screen TV.


The big screen TV winner was Christopher Meadows in Plant Operations.


“Our staff always places emphasis on our patients through all facets of care, so we wanted to go above and beyond this year to place the emphasis on our employees throughout the week,” said Gunnell.


“In all my 23 years of service to PMC, I have never been part of a Hospital Week this big and amazing,” said Thompson.


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