August 16, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Peggy Pennington, Office Assistant at Southeast Surgical Clinic, was named Employee of the Month by a committee of her peers.
Pennington's history at Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) dates to 1980 when she began work as a Certified Nurse Aide in the Long Term Care unit. Having left Ketchikan in the interim, she returned in 1993 to train in the lab for certification as a phlebotomist. This led to three years working in the Pathology Department where she trained as a histo-technologist.
For the last five years Pennington has been greeting patients at Southeast Surgical Clinic. The co-worker who nominated her stated, "When virtually anyone calls the clinic --patient, physician -- they immediately have the sense that they are talking with someone who knows what is going on. Peggy was a CNA in the past, so she has a great feel for what is a pressing patient problem. She seems to find a way to get patients in when they need to be seen."
When asked what she likes most about her job Pennington quickly answered, "Patients... patients... patients. That's why I stay."
The award of Employee of the
Month at KGH recognizes those who regularly go above and beyond
what is required, to provide high quality service to patients,
visitors and co-workers.