Non-nursing staff are being honored with the PETAL Award for exceptional employees. A compliment to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the PETAL Awards were created by Greene County General Hospital in 2015 to recognize the hard work of employees in non-nursing roles, from housekeeping and dietary services to clinical areas. Award winners receive framed certificates, gift cards, and pizza for their entire department.
This round of awards recognized winners Danielle Bredeweg (Radiology) and Melissa Toon (Pharmacy). Danielle was honored by a coworker who credited her with saving her life when she choked while eating dinner in the break room. She signaled to Danielle that she was in distress, and Danielle successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver to save her friend.
Melissa was nominated by the spouse of a patient who was in the ICU and had to be transferred to another hospital for additional care. The medication and dosage was complicated, and Melissa took great pains to ensure everything was correct and that the next point of care understood exactly how to care for the patient. She also took time to explain everything to the patient’s spouse and accompanied them to the helipad for transfer.
Additional nominations were received for staff throughout the hospital, including Jessie Stockram, Danielle Summerville, Megan Sparks, Joyce Busenberg, and Meleah Keller. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!
PETAL stands for Performing Exceptional Tasks and Affirming Lives, and is designed to recognized employees who serve as models to the community for professional achievement. Awards are given for performance, dedication, and diligence in carrying our job duties and advancing the goals and mission of the hospital.
PETALs are awarded three times every year, in conjunction with the DAISY Award. Nominations are accepted on a continual basis, and forms can be found at award stations throughout the hospital as well as online.