MVHC launches Value Awards

May 30, 2013

As a part of its continuing improvement process, the Minnesota Valley Health Center's Leadership Team has been reading The Florence Prescription. Written by Joe Tye, the book is about the importance of having self-empowered, passionate and dedicated healthcare employees.

"The book included a handout on The Pickle Pledge, a program based on the seven key values of responsibility, accountability, determination, contribution, resilience, perspective and faith," said Bonnie Barnhardt, MVHC Executive Director of Human Resources. "This led to the establishment of an employee awards program that acknowledges employees who personify the values."

Every other month one of the values is highlighted and discussed and employees are encouraged to nominate a co-worker or staff member who lives out that value in his or her work. The value for April (the first month of the program) was responsibility. I will take complete responsibility for my health, my happiness, my success, and my life, and I will not blame others for my problems or predicaments.

"We had several excellent nominees," noted Barnhardt. "Ashley Tousley, a nursing assistant in the nursing home, was presented the Value Award for Responsibility in May."

Tousley, who lives in Le Sueur with daughters Emma and Payton, has been working as a Registered Nursing Assistant at MVHC for six years. She says there's no better job than hers.

"I absolutely love the residents," she said. "I couldn't have a better job. Every day brings something different and the value award was a wonderful surprise."

During the month of June, the value of ACCOUNTABILITY will be emphasized. I will not allow low self-esteem, self-limiting beliefs, or the negativity of others to prevent me from achieving my authentic goals and from becoming the person I am meant to be.

The Value Award for ACCOUNTABILITY will be awarded in July.

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