East Georgia Regional Medical Center recently honored three employees for the year for 2018: Clinical Manager of the Year was awarded to Tonya Eagle, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services; Non-Clinical Manager of the Year was awarded to Latrelle Carter, Employment Manager in Human Resources; and Employee of the Year was awarded to Denise McMillan, Phlebotomist in the Laboratory.
Clinical Leader of the Year: Tonya Eagle, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services, has been with EGRMC since 2007, and currently leads the hospital’s Cath Lab and Cardiac Echo program.
When asked what makes Tonya exceptional at her job, her peers wrote: “Tonya is a leader that has a passion for the cardiovascular service line. She has grown the Cath Lab at East Georgia Regional year after year. She assures the care and quality that is provided meets or exceeds required quality standards. Tonya is highly respected by her team and by all of the physicians who work in the Cath Lab.”
Tonya is a co-leader for the hospital’s Nursing Shared Leadership Committee, is an active member of the hospital’s Chest Pain Committee, and is the Life Safety Chapter Leader with the EGRMC Environment of Care (EOC) team.
Non-Clinical Leader of the Year: Latrelle Carter, Employment Manager in Human Resources, has been a faithful employee of the hospital for 38 years.
Her co-workers wrote in her nomination for this award:
“Latrelle loves her job, and aside from her family, EGRMC is her home. When people come in contact with her, they feel like they are the only priority that matter; and if they were not happy with a situation when they contacted her, they always leave feeling they have been heard and that a solution has or will be found. Latrelle is helpful, caring, resourceful, and happy to offer service no matter what the task. She is a true champion at our hospital, with a tireless commitment to serving our employees. She is selfless, and without hesitation, puts the needs of others first.”
Latrelle’s responsibilities within Human Resources include facilitating the employment application process, assisting with the planning and coordination of policies and programs related to hospital personnel.
Employee of the Year: Denise McMillan, Phlebotomist in the Laboratory, has been employed at East Georgia Regional Medical Center since 2013.
She was honored with Employee of the Month in March of this year, and was chosen as the overall Employee of the Year for 2018.
Her colleagues nominated her for this honor by noting “Denise offers to help anyone that is in need. She goes above and beyond to make patients feel welcome, safe, and at ease. She is quick to obtain refreshments, pillows, or blankets for patient when they are in need. Both inpatients and outpatients request her by name to have their blood drawn. She is thoughtful to everyone she meets and is always bringing candy and presents to coworkers.”
Her manager, Priscilla Giella, stated “I have had many patients call me about how thoughtful and compassionate Denise is and that she is an excellent phlebotomist. Rarely do they even feel any pain when she collects their blood.”
Denise participates in planning all of the Laboratory’s employee recognition activities, and is well respected throughout the hospital.
“I am proud to have Denise, Latrelle, and Tonya recognized as our Champions for the year here at EGRMC,” said Paul Theriot, CEO of the hospital. “All three of these individuals have a sincere dedication to their profession and to this hospital and I am honored to have them on our team. These ladies inspire excellence, and deserve this honor.”