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 SILOAM SPRINGS – Siloam Springs Regional Hospital (SSRH) recently announced its physician and employees of the year for 2013. Those recognized were Dr. R.E. “Bud” Meehan as the physician of the year; Marty Harrison as the non-clinical director of the year; Loretta Jordan, R.N., as the clinical director of the Year; and Susanna Teed, R.N., as the employee of the year.

Physician of the Year

Dr Ralph MeehanDr. Meehan, of Siloam Springs Internal Medicine, was selected as the 2013 physician of the year. Kevin Clement, chief executive officer of SSRH, said Dr. Meehan “has been a leadership resource for the hospital and has been the leading internal medicine physician for the past 15 years.”

Dr. Meehan has been involved in championing several new initiatives as well as improving hospital services, patient care, being a hospital advisor and helping to recruit new physicians to the area.

“Dr. Meehan takes on a lot of responsibility above and beyond his primary focus of patient care,” Clement said. “He was instrumental in helping us establish full-time cardiology care in Siloam Springs and has continually helped us provide easy-access care to the adult population of our area. It is an honor to be able to recognize his dedication to health care, his patients and the hospital.”

 

Non-Clinical Director of the Year

SSRH Controller Marty Harrison was selected as the 2013 non-clinical director of the year for his willingness to go the extra mile for his job in addition to great reviews from his staff.Marty Harrison

SSRH Chief Financial Officer Jim Little said, “Marty was chosen because he is the ultimate team player. He had a leading role during a difficult program conversion the hospital made; was doing the work of two accountants for several months while a job position was open; and at one point came in at 5 a.m. on a Sunday to help employees with a new badge reader.”

Harrison’s staff recognized him in a recent employee satisfaction survey saying, “I could not ask for a better boss.”

Harrison has been with SSRH for six years. In addition to his work in the accounting department, he also has been known to help at hospital events such as grilling chicken for all hospital shifts during National Hospital Week activities.

One of the things Harrison enjoys about his job is working with his team and planning for the upcoming years. “This recognition gives validation to the work that my team and I are doing behind the scenes that most employees do not see,” he said. “I really appreciate the recognition from the administrative team and my peers.”

 

Clinical Director of the Year 

Loretta Jordan, R.N., and SSRH Women’s and Children’s Unit director, was selected as the clinical director of the year.


Loretta JordanJordan has been with the hospital for more than 21 years and served as director of the women and children’s unit for 14 years. SSRH Chief Nursing Officer Maria Wleklinski, B.S.N., R.N., said Jordan was selected because of her outstanding leadership and dedication to the patients she serves.

“It was not uncommon for Loretta to work several shifts in addition to her own when staff members were ill or when job positions were waiting to be filled,” Wleklinski said. “She spent many days and nights ensuring our patients were getting the care they deserve while performing her director duties as well.”

And that trend continued throughout the entire year of 2013, Wleklinski said. “The hospital delivered 575 babies in 2013 – so that gives you an idea of how many patients Loretta’s department served.” And that number doesn’t include the hospitalized patients who were there for other medical reasons.

Jordan said she was “honored” when she heard the announcement.

“Being the director of this unit for 14 years, I feel honored to be chosen for this opportunity by my co-managers and administration,” she said. “I feel this opportunity reflects my dedication to the department as well as to the hospital, and I am very touched to be recognized this way.”

 

Employee of the Year

Susanna Teed, a nurse at the SSRH Women and Children’s Unit, received the 2013 employee of the year award. She was nominated for the award because of all of the positive comments she received from patient surveys.Susanna Teed

“Susanna also won the Employee of the Quarter award for the second quarter in 2013,” said Jordan, Teed’s supervisor in the Women and Children’s Unit. “She is a wonderful OB nurse who makes her patients feel very safe. I get positive comments daily from patients who say what a wonderful nurse she is, how she made them feel comfortable and talked to them and helped them not be scared.”

“I was very honored and very happy to receive the award,” Teed said. “I feel like others deserve it more than I do.”

Teed’s selfless and caring spirit clearly transition to her work ethic. Already selected as the SSRH employee of the quarter for quarter two, she often receives recognition from her patients which is reflected in patient surveys.

She has been with SSRH “for about nine-and-a-half years,” she said. “When I started out in nursing school I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. But when I did my OB rotation, I loved it. And being there when a baby is born and a patient’s life is changed forever is really special.”

Teed said the favorite part of her job is that interaction with her patients. “I love when a patient tells me thank you and when they say I took good care of them,” she said. “And, again, it’s just cool to be there when someone’s baby is born.”

 

 

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