Ross Memorial Hospital celebrated long service and excellence among staff during an awards ceremony in the hospital’s cafeteria on Wednesday (November 29), including a local family physician who has worked at the hospital for 45 years.
Dr. Mervyn A. Stone was one of 158 employees recognized at the hospital’s annual Long Service and Excellence Awards, which celebrates hospital employees and professional staff who are marking significant milestones at the hospital, along with those nominated by their peers in specific categories of excellence.
“I have had the privilege of watching the Ross Memorial Hospital evolve from a general practitioner-based facility to a hospital of excellence with the addition of multiple specialties,” Dr. Stone says in a media release. “This remarkable journey has been defined by the compassion of colleagues, the dedication of the hospital staff, and administration, and the trust bestowed on me by countless patients and their families.”
“It’s been an honour to contribute to the hospital’s legacy of excellence in health care,” Dr. Stone adds. “As I embark on my next goal of 50 years of service, I will watch with great interest as our hospital adapts to the progress in medicine and the challenges presented with an aging population and growing community.”
The Long Service Awards recognized 129 staff who have worked at the hospital between five and 45 years. After Dr. Stone, the next longest-serving employee is Carole McBride, director of critical care, medicine and patient flow, who has worked at the hospital for 40 years.
“Our long-serving team members have developed an intimate knowledge of the hospital and the community we serve, something that can’t be taught in a classroom,” says Ross Memorial Hospital president and CEO Kelly Isfan in a media release. “They contribute to a uniquely caring culture at the Ross and a collective strength that is unmatched.
Along with the 129 staff receiving Long Service Awards, 29 staff received an Excellence Award across four categories: dedicated to excellence, champions of change, committed to the team, and respectful community.
Employees who received an Excellence Award include Karen Harrison of nutrition services, described as the “welcoming face” of the hospital’s staff cafeteria, who was recognized with Dedicated to Excellence award, and clinical educator and support specialist Jennifer Maunder, who received a Champion of Change award and was also recognized for 25 years of service at the hospital.
“What better reflection of the importance of their work than having their name brought forward by a peer?” says Isfan of the Excellence Awards recipients. “It says a great deal when the people they work shoulder-to-shoulder with each and every day feel compelled to see their efforts acknowledged. They are all leaders and examples of what we all strive to accomplish through our work here at Ross Memorial Hospital.”
A full list of all the award recipients is provided below.
PDF: Ross Memorial Hospital 2023 Long Service and Excellence Award Recipients
Ross Memorial Hospital 2023 Long Service and Excellence Award Recipients