Jirina Myers named hospital TRAC STAR

October 29, 2012

Salida, Colorado--Jirina "Jirka" Myers of Salida was honored as Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center's TRAC STAR of the Third Quarter at a hospital ceremony on October 29. The hospital's TRAC STAR embodies the core values that guide employee performance: teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer service, safety, talent, accountability and respect.

Myers is "an outstanding medical assistant in the Oncology Clinic, who goes 'above and beyond' in every category of the TRAC STAR program," wrote the hospital employee who nominated her for the award. "Jirka always chooses to have a positive attitude and a ready smile for everyone. She sets high expectations for herself and others (and) at times has inspired others in the department to do their jobs even better by the example that she sets."

Hospital CEO Ken Leisher presented Myers with a $200 gift check, a fleece jacket with the hospital's TRAC logo, and a certificate to be professionally photographed. A plaque with her photo will be displayed in the hospital.

Leisher also recognized the other two finalists for the quarterly TRAC STAR award, Kathy Feaz of Buena Vista and Rita Ogden of Howard.

Feaz, a licensed practical nurse in the Medical/Surgical Department, was described as "an awesome nurse," by her nominator. "She was patient and kind. One night when the pain got out of control, Kathy stayed with the patient for an hour talking to him and comforting him. There are not enough words to describe what Kathy meant to him during his stay. Kathy made an uncomfortable situation a little easier."

Ogden, a billing clerk in Patient Financial Services, "is the MVP of our team," said her nominator. "She is responsible for all clinic charges, postings and patient phone calls. She is dedicated to helping the clinic patients by doing 110 percent daily… I am always greeted by her lovely smile every morning. She is thankful to her coworkers and we are thankful for her unyielding commitment."

HRRMC employees can nominate any of their colleagues for the TRAC STAR award. Members of the hospital's Communications Team review all nominations, then cast individual ballots to determine the top three finalists. All finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.

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