Jerry Schoenfeld recognized by HRRMC

February 1, 2012

Salida, Colorado - Jerry Schoenfeld, interim plant operations supervisor at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, was named TRAC STAR of the Fourth Quarter at a hospital ceremony on January 30. Each quarter the hospital honors an employee who embodies the core values of teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer service, safety, talent, accountability and respect.

Schoenfeld, a Salida resident, joined the hospital's environmental services staff in 2008. He was recognized for his quick response to a power outage at the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center.

"Jerry drove to B.V. at 7:30 p.m. to help us determine the power issue," wrote the employee who nominated him. "He then transported the (refrigerated) supplies to the hospital and brought them all back for us early in the morning…in a snowstorm! Jerry went above and beyond to help us-and always with a smile!"

Chief Executive Officer Ken Leisher presented Schoenfeld with a $200 gift check, a fleece jacket with the hospital's TRAC logo, a certificate to be professionally photographed and his own hospital parking space for a month. A plaque with his photo will be displayed in the hospital.

Leisher also recognized the two other TRAC STAR finalists: Intensive Care's Jay Hoagland, R.N. and the Medical/Surgical unit's Kathy Feaz, L.P.N.

"Jay is an excellent example of a team player," wrote her nominator. "She is willing to help all departments and comes in on her time off to help with sick calls or emergencies…She puts (the) patient's needs first." Hoagland was also commended for helping and teaching the younger nurses.

An employee who also became an inpatient nominated Feaz. "I never had the chance to meet Kathy (before my hospitalization) because she works nights…Kathy always checked in on me, answered questions I had and explained what was going on. Kathy had a great attitude and was always smiling. She obviously loves her job and takes pride in her work. Please recognize this 25-plus-years employee!"

HRRMC employees can nominate any of their colleagues for the TRAC STAR award. All three finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.

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