Methodist honors trio at Service Award Banquet - August 20, 2014

Courtesy of NWI Times

August 20, 2014 12:00 am   •   Times Staff

HOBART | Methodist Hospitals honored employees by recognizing their dedication and commitment to the mission of Methodist Hospitals at its annual Service Awards Banquet earlier this year. The banquet at Avalon Manor recognized all employees who reached five-year service milestones, honoring a total of 303 people, including 45 whose careers at Methodist have spanned 25 years or more.

More than 400 people were on hand as Methodist Hospitals also honor the Employee of the Year, Leader of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year for serving as exemplars of the hospitals’ values and vision. The winners, all from Crown Point, are Simon Lillie – Employee of the Year, Dawn Smith – Leader of the Year, and Laurel Valentino – Humanitarian of the Year.

Lillie has been described as the model for Methodist’s Model of Care and Conduct. He receives letters from patients and visitors who have been touched and impressed by his welcoming smile and endless helpfulness. A security guard known not only for warmly greeting every guest who enters the hospitals during his working hours, but also for bringing his warmth and caring to the hospital on his off-hours as a volunteer.

Smith demonstrates her leadership abilities as a consummate team player with great interpersonal skills who is conscientious and dependable, and who serves as a great role model. Resourceful and enterprising, she has led the hospital transition to ICD 10, is the longest serving member of the Leadership Development Institute, and has been one of the Top Three Heart Walk captains for the last three years.

Valentino has made helping others a hallmark of her 30-year tenure at Methodist. She has served on the State Board of Nursing for many years, been a tireless fundraiser for organizations serving patients in her field, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Parkinson’s Foundation and the American Heart Association. Active in youth ministry programs at her church, she takes high school and college youth on mission trips every year to Florida. She and her husband take biannual mission trips to the Philippines, volunteering in a clinic, and she partners with the Philippine Nurses Association to send books, medical supplies and equipment to the Philippines.