Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center named Jon Fritz of Salida
its second-quarter TRAC STAR at a hospital ceremony on Aug. 10.
TRAC STAR is an acronym for the core values that guide HRRMC employee performance:
teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer service, safety, talent, accountability
and respect. The TRAC STAR award recognizes outstanding employees and
is presented quarterly.
Fritz, a certified diabetes educator and certified exercise physiologist,
joined HRRMC’s staff in 2014. He has been a driving force in developing
Wellness U, the hospital’s community and employee wellness program.
During his tenure, the program has grown to include discounted direct
access lab testing; HRRMC’s own health fair; a new staff gym; and
classes in tai chi, yoga and diabetes education.
“Jon is a perfect example of someone who walks the walk,” wrote
the employee who nominated him for the award. “He is good at what
he does and is constantly doing what he can to improve the programs we
offer to staff and community members.”
Hospital CFO Lesley Fagerberg presented Fritz with a $200 gift check, a
fleece jacket with the hospital's TRAC logo, and a certificate to
be professionally photographed. A plaque with his photo will be displayed
in the hospital café.
Fagerberg also acknowledged the two other finalists for the quarterly
award, Annette Appel of Hartsel and Paula Fowler of Poncha Springs.
Appel joined the hospital’s administrative staff in 2011, although
she volunteered as a candy striper at the old Salida Hospital—as
it was then known—back in the 1970s. She serves in two roles—as
a human resources generalist and as an administrative assistant to the
Nursing Department. She was described as “an organized, helpful,
friendly, humorous and respected team member” by the employees who
Fowler, a registration specialist in the Emergency Department, has worked
at HRRMC for four years. She was praised in her nomination for being “always
kind to patients and staff” as well as “a great problem solver,
fixing issues when needed.”
HRRMC employees can nominate any of their colleagues for the TRAC STAR
award. Members of the hospital's Communications Team review all nominations,
and then cast individual ballots to determine the finalists and the winner.
All finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.