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Effingham Health System bestows honors to employees
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Effingham Health System CEO Fran Baker-Witt presents Stephanie Riggin a plaque and roses Thursday night.

 Employee of the Year 

Stephanie Riggin 

Outstanding Service Awards 

Ashley Mitchell, Marilou Howe, Richie Burns,

 Pillar Awards: Quality 

Effingham Hospital Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second year in a row. Accepting: Nancy Fleming, Jennifer Floyd, and Dr. John Bennett. 

Effingham Care Center Staff: for achieving a CMS four-star rating for second consecutive year. Accepting: Susan Collins and Christie Lumpkin.

 Pillar Awards: 

Patient Experience Effingham Family Medicine and Pediatrics Practices: in Goshen, Guyton, Pt. Wentworth, Rincon, and Springfield: for achieving 97.8 percent patient satisfaction scores for the last two years. Accepting: Kathy Sydow and Maggie Palmer. 

Pillar Awards: Financial Performance Financial Services Department. Accepting: Al Allred. 

Pillar Awards: Strategic Growth Foundation. Accepting: Marie Murphy. 

Surgical Services. Accepting, Tim Brantley, and Dr. Alexander Wynn. 

Leadership Awards Katrina Martin Nancy Flemming ZT Howard Donyetta Tolbert Ty Hall Karen Anderson Karen Harden-O’Neal Matt Moore Katheryn Appleton Joe Tallent Kevin Sherman 

45 Year Service Awards 

Bertha Scott 

30 Year Service Awards

 Tonya Hester 

25 Year Service Awards 

Linda Roberts, Beatrice Smart, Patricia Williams

 20 Year Service Awards 

Ricky Davis 

15 Year Service Awards 

Retha Hamilton, Brenda Hargrove, Ingrid Hill, Mary Hubbard, Laura Stewart, Katina Wright

 10-Year Service Awards

 Carol Brannen, Laura Callaway, Shari Dasher, Debra Goldwire, Rochelle Grant, Cheanease Hal,l Charles Klein, Jamie Mercer, Evelyn Moody, Jeanette Pinkney, Melissa Strickland, Charlotte Stone, Joseph Tallent, Teri Wilson 

5 Year Service Awards 

Jessica Abel, Jennifer Barnard, Sheena Blair, John Bennett MD, Dana Cates, Susan Collins, Trakea Collins, Krystle Frost Diamond, David Exley Jennifer Golden, Corinne Hudson, Angela Lewis, Marie Murphy, Maggy Palmer ,Suzanne Parr, Patricia Quigley, Angela Rish, Andrew Robinson, Claude Sanks III MD, Terresha Smalls, Angel Thomas, Donyetta Tolbert, Barbara Waldron, Iris Williams

POOLER -- Living up to its “Our People Matter” mantra, Effingham Health System honored more than 70 employees during its 2019 Employee Appreciation Banquet. 

Stephanie Riggin, Health Information Management coordinator, was honored as Employee of the Year. 

Outstanding Service Awards went to Ashley Mitchell (IT,) Marilou Howe (Nutritional Services) and Richie Burns (Engineering). 

The annual ceremony honors excellence and service from across the entire healthcare system, which employs approximately 450 people.

 “The people we are recognizing today exemplify our mission: to provide every patient an experience of compassion, quality care, and service excellence at its highest level of customer expectation,” Effingham Health System CEO Fran Baker-Witt said. “But they are also in tune to our vision for the future -- to achieve customer and industry recognition while providing the highest potential health outcomes for the patients we serve.” 

Effingham Health System also conferred Pillar Awards (for Quality, Patient Experience, Financial Performance and Strategic Growth), Leadership Awards and Service Awards for notable anniversaries. 

Among those recognized for extended service with Effingham Health System was Bertha Scott, manager Nursing Home Staff Development, who was recognized for 45 years with EHS.