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Current Champions of Excellence

Congratulations to this Quarter's
current Champions of Excellence!

Amy Bergstrom

Amy Bergstrom

Amy Bergstrom serves as an x-ray technician in the MHCC Radiology Department. She has worked at Memorial Hospital for 3.5 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Amy said, “I enjoy working at MHCC because of my fantastic coworkers and the many opportunities we have for learning here. So many people have put a lot of work and time into helping me grow as a tech and I am so thankful.” We also asked Amy her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “Thank you for the nomination and kind words!”

Amy’s nominator commented, “Amy lives up to every single one of MHCC’s values but if I had to pick one, it would be compassion. The compassion Amy shows to her patients is admirable. Every patient in Amy’s care in Radiology is empathized with and adjustments are made to fit their individual needs. Amy does a lot of outpatient procedures and work the c-arm in surgery. I have no doubt that every patient is sent home feeling that their every need was met and well taken care of. Not only does Amy do this with patients, but with other staff members as well. Amy has always been one of the first to go above and beyond for co-workers, (in Radiology along with any other department in the hospital), but especially when shifts need covered due to unforeseen circumstances with other staff. You can always count on Amy to consistently show up to do her job and do it well, no matter who or what department she is working in that day.”

Amy received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Madison Borowski

Madison Borowski

Madison Borowski has worked at Memorial Hospital for 3 years as a Child Care Tech. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Madison said, “I enjoy the sense of teamwork and community. Not only have I experienced that at the daycare, but also in different departments I have gotten to work in as a nursing student. Watching departments coming together to help one another out is great to see. I am not sure what I would do without my team and other members of MHCC.” We also asked Madison her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am very appreciative, surprised, and thankful for the nomination as someone thought the work that I do was worthy of recognition.”

Fun Fact, Madison loves to travel! From the time she was little she knew that a vacation would be more enriching and more educational than any toy she could get at the store. “Traveling is the ultimate adventure as it is a reminder that your life isn’t the only one that you could be living. Seeing new places, people, cultures and how others live can be very eye opening. It’s easy when you are at home you go about your daily life as usual and stick to the status quo. However, when you travel you can do anything, try anything, be anything.”

Madison’s nominator comments, “Madison was a full-time employee, then went to part-time employee, and now is PRN due to her going to nursing school. During her time here she always goes above and beyond. Even as part-time and PRN she has picked up extra shifts. She has covered opening the Child Care Center since August while going to school full-time. She will also return after school to help us out and even cover when there is no school. Without her it would have put extra pressure on the remaining staff here at the center. I really do not know what we would do without her. When she is here she will lighten the mood by playing music, she will help out wherever we need her, and as I said above, she sees a need and will fill that need. We all appreciate all that she does for us here at the center. When she does become a I nurse I will be so proud of her, but I know we will miss her a great deal. She makes that much of an impact over here at the center.”

Angela Erickson

Champion of Excellence Angela Erickson

Angela Erickson, RN, has worked at Memorial Hospital for 7 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Angela said, “I love being surrounded by wonderful people. I love getting to know people and their stories.” We also asked Angela her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am honored on being nominated. It was a wonderful surprise.”

Fun Fact, Angela’s first degree is in Accounting! “I never enjoyed that line of work so I went back to school in my early 30’s to become an RN. It was one of the best decisions I made!” Angela loves her kids, grandkids, diet coke and sunflowers.

Angela’s nominator said, “I received a call from a gentleman that Angela cared for and he wanted her to know how much he appreciated the care she gave him. As he explained his experience with me on the phone, she was so compassionate and he mentioned that she prayed with him, which meant the world to him. I wondered if he got to say good-bye to her; I think he may have gotten discharged before he could thank her, “Thank you Angela.” I am not sure if Angela realizes the impact she has made on this gentleman. Thank you for being an amazing, caring and gently nurse.”

Angela received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Kendall Honholdt

Champion of Excellence Kendall Honholdt

Kendall Honholdt serves as a Registered Nurse in Surgery at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Kendall has worked at Memorial Hospital for 15 years. She started in 2007 as a Certified Medical Assistant at Register Cliff Rural Health Clinic in Guernsey, Wyoming. She then came to Douglas and worked at the MOB and is now in the OR, where she’s been for 3 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Kendall said, “I enjoy working with such an amazing team.” We also asked Kendall her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am honored and humbled to be nominated.”
In her spare time, Kendall enjoys anything in the outdoors and loves playing sports.

Kendall’s nominator commented, “I’m nominating Kendall under the value of Patient-Centered. Kendall is a powerhouse in the operating room. If somebody needs to pick up an extra day, Kendall will. If somebody has to on call six days, Kendall will. She is always willing to stay late or take on more. She always jumps in to know the “why” behind it and is always advocating for what is best for the patient.”

Kendall received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Christina Maas

Champion of Excellence Christina Maas

Christina Maas serves as Surgery Coordinator at Memorial Hospital and was selected as Converse County Hospital Foundation’s Champion of Excellence.

Christina has worked at Memorial Hospital for 2.5 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Christina said, “I enjoy coming to work everyday and helping my team and our patients get back strength and relieve pain that they have been living with. We get to help so many people and listen to their stories so you really feel like a part of their journey. I also enjoy everyone of my co-workers. We are a very close family and work together to do the best for our patients. The support and encouragement in the surgery department is top notch and it makes coming to work easy and fun.” We also asked Christina her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am very grateful to be nominated for the Champion of Excellence. There are so many great people who deserve this award and to be chosen as one is an honor.”

Fun fact, Christina enjoys all types of motorsports like NASCAR, dirt sprint car racing, and NHRA drag racing. Family vacations are usually focused around which racing events they can go to.

Christina’s nominator said, “It was hard to pick just one value for Christina. She shows all of the values this hospital asks of the facility daily. If you had to sum it up she is very compassionate and patient-centered. She knows what is going on in all of the bays and the OR rooms. She knows what is missing in a patient’s chart, knows where to find any paperwork needed, and knows how to make sure the charts need to be set up for all of the providers. Christina is very much so a multi-tasker. She jumps in whenever she is needed and at times without even having to know one of us is struggling. You can go to Christina for anything and at times you do not even have to ask, she already knows what you need. She is always a joy and can brighten any ones day that she is around.”

Christina received a monetary award of $1,000 from the Converse County Hospital Foundation.

Past Recipients

2nd Quarter 2022

Jessika (Jessie) Brawner

Champion of Excellence Jessika Brawner

Jessika Brawner serves as a Receptionist in Patient Access at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Jessika has worked at Memorial Hospital for 1 year and 9 months. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job, Jessika said, “I enjoy every aspect of my job. It’s exciting to get to learn new things every day. I really enjoy working for MHCC, it just feels like home.” We also asked Jessika her thoughts on being nominated and she said, I was definitely surprised on my nomination and honored.” A fact that some may not know about Jessika – she is a huge sports fan, especially of the Green Bay Packers. She is actually a “owner” and owns 2 of their shares!

Comments from Nominator:
“Jessie is always the first person to arrive at the clinics and the last to leave. She works in a fast and efficient manner in all things she does. She has taken on the responsibility of scanning documents for other clinics and making sure they are filed in the correct area under the correct item. Jessie also started traveling to other clinics to help where they are short staffed. She is a "Jack of all trades" in that she is able to perform Medical Assistant duties, Administrative duties, and Clerical Duties. She takes the initiative to complete tasks in a timely manner. I can always count on Jessie. When Jessie is asked to do something, she is quick to respond with an enthusiastic yes and starts working on it right away. She never backs down from a challenge because she views them as opportunities of growth. She has amazing patient care, and treats all patients in the same manner as the next and does not display any favoritism or ill-will to anyone. She may be a single person, but works so fast and efficient, that you would think more than one person was working on that task. I truly believe that we would not work as functionally without her.”

Jessika received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Miranda (Annie) Dulmus

Champion of Excellence Annie Dulmus

Annie Dulmus serves as a Cook in the Arbor Café at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Annie has worked at Memorial Hospital for 3 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Annie said, “I work with amazing people and that I get to cook for people and improve on my skills as a cook as well. I enjoy working at MHCC because of the unique opportunities that I get to experience, every day is different it seems and you have to think on your feet sometimes.” We also asked her thoughts on being nominated, Annie said, “I am humbled by being nominated, that someone took the time to write such kind words about me.” When she’s not working, Annie enjoys drawing.

Comments from Nominator:
“Annie displays all of our values on a daily basis and has for all the time she has worked here. She is very competent in her role. She has completed the Dietary Managers course and will be the 3rd person here (out of a lot) to sit for the national exam. I have no doubt that she will pass because of her competency in her job. That brings me to Ownership. She cares about her work and owns everything she does, even the mistakes, which she corrects when she can and learns from. If it is her responsibility, no one has to worry that it is getting done, right and in a timely manner. She is very polite and thorough ensuring she is getting the patients the best option for their diets. She is the most competent person working in the kitchen on diets and how to make substitutions to provide the best option for patients. In this way she is extremely patient-centered and is a great advocate for patients and their satisfaction with their meals when she is in the kitchen. Annie has a very strong sense of integrity, stronger than most, and I believe that all the other values fall under “doing the right thing, even when no one is looking”. Annie is that, no matter who is around to see.”

Annie received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Debbie Scudder

Champion of Excellence Debbie Scudder

Debbie Scudder serves as a RN and Case Manager at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Debbie has worked at Memorial Hospital for 14 months. We asked her what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital. Debbie responded with, “I enjoy being able to spend time with patients and their family members while developing a plan for post-acute care. I have been impressed with the caliber of the talented care team of physicians, nursing staff & therapy staff. This team works to assure the patient continues to progress in their recovery even after discharge.” We also asked Debbie how she felt about receiving the Champion of Excellence and she said, “I am honored to be nominated for Champion of Excellence in an organization that is filled with exceptional staff.” Fun fact, Debbie has spent time doing several medical missions. She worked in Mexico, Yugoslavia, Sarajevo, and Vienna, Austria with Baptist Nurse Fellowship and Doctors Without Borders.

Comments from Nominator:
“Debbie has grown and embraced her new role as Case Manager or Discharge Planner. She has been such a wonderful addition to our department. She is often known to stay late, be available after hours or when she is even on vacation. Debbie is always problem solving to improve the patient experience or department processes. She doesn't respond to an issue "not my responsibility but rather how can I help.” She has work endless hours trying to help patients and their families to ensure they have all the information and services they need. It has been especially challenging finding placement for critical patients, but Debbie has compiled and created a call tree process and has often spend her time off calling to secure a bed so the nurses/pcts can focus on the patient. Debbie has been a voice of reason to our team during these challenging times our organization have been faced with during this pandemic. Many of the staff look to her as "motherly" figure and have great respect and care for her.”

Debbie received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

April Simon

Champion of Excellence April Simon

April Simon serves as the Childcare Director at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

April has worked at Memorial Hospital for 5.5 years. We asked April how she felt about receiving the Champion of Excellence and she said, “I am very surprised that I have been nominated and appreciate that others see the dedication I give every day. It means a lot to be noticed!” We also asked her what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital. April responded with, “I enjoy being able to be a part of each child’s young life, to be able to watch them grow, and help them learn the things they need before they leave our nest. It is a privilege to get paid to spend time with all the children in our care. I love that we are able to provide great care to all the children so the parents can go to work knowing that we will provide the best care to their little ones so they can complete their job with one less stress.” When she’s not at work, April enjoys being outside doing the things that she loves like fishing, hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Comments from Nominator:
“I appreciate April so much because I can see the love she has for her job and the children. I can go to work and know that my child is going to be taken care of and have one less worry. It allows me to be able to do my job knowing that my child is well taken care. She treats all the children like her own and all the staff like family. The center would be lost without her she does an amazing job of running the center!”

Comments from Nominator:
“April is always joyful and compassionate. My family recently had a "perfect storm" situation where my wife got a lot more daytime hours scheduled and our regular babysitter had to leave on an extended trip last minute, plus it was a super busy time for me here at work. I contacted April to see if there was any way to fit our children in at the daycare with just a few days notice and she was able to shuffle around schedules to make it work, even though the daycare was understaffed at the time. It was a real relief to my wife and I to have a place to send our kids, and they are having a blast at daycare with the other children and with the daycare staff, which I think says a lot about April's management style.”

April received a monetary award of $250 from Memorial Hospital.

Michele Belveal

Champion of Excellence Michele Belveal

Michele Belveal serves as a Registered Nurse in Med/Surg at Memorial Hospital of Converse County

Michele has worked at Memorial Hospital for 2.5 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital, Michele said, “I truly enjoy taking care of people. I feel supported at MHCC in my endeavor to make each patient feel safe when facing health issues that manifest vulnerability. The camaraderie on the third floor has encouraged me during a seemingly unending pandemic. The support and encouragement from other departments, especially this past fall, has been life-infusing to my heart.” We also asked Michele her thoughts on being nominated and she said, I am humbled that I was even noticed helping the patient’s family and even more so that someone took the time to write it out. Thank you. For those that understand the enneagram personality test, I scored a three, so you know that this is profoundly impactful to my psyche……this means the world to me!”

Fun Fact, Michele has played the piano for weddings and played the piccolo in the University of Wyoming Marching Band when they went to the San Diego Holiday Bowl in 1988.

Comments from Nominator:
“Michele was nominated under the value of Compassion. She would treat people the same outside of the hospital. We had a patient on 3rd Floor and I was helping his wife and daughter get gowned up. Michelle was the patient’s nurse. She put her hand on the patients wife's shoulder and was talking so sweet, soft and so caring trying to comfort her before they went into the room to see her husband. His wife felt responsible for giving her husband COVID and she said with a fragile little voice "I just don't even know where I got it from and I am so sorry." Michelle was just amazing trying to comfort her and convince her it was not her fault. I wanted to hug Michelle and tell her thank you for being so amazing and kind to her patients family.”

Michele received a monetary award of $1000 from the Converse County Hospital Foundation.

1st Quarter 2022

  • Esther Enders
  • Janet Hinkley
  • Joy Johnson
  • Cindy Ortega
  • Mindy Timberman

Special Recipients in recognition of their efforts during the Fall 2021 COVID surge:

  • Misti Bachus, RN
  • Wade Brennan
  • Sariat Burchfield, RN
  • Shelly Lopez, RN
  • Tara Mesa
  • Wes Morris
  • Donna Rouse
  • Stacey Schiel, RN

4th Quarter 2021

  • Earlene Archer
  • Shari Beller
  • Ashley Briggs
  • Erica Gardner
  • Jeremy Fulton - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion

3rd Quarter 2021

  • Anita Casperson
  • Dani Clarke
  • Renea Freese
  • Giselle Grimes
  • Amanda Hill - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion

2nd Quarter 2021

  • Dawn Connolly
  • Tanda Hicks, FNP
  • Eric Van Osdol
  • Kelly Rupe
  • Bradley Wright - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion

1st Quarter 2021

  • Mathew Abram
  • Amy Cullen
  • Calley Plumb
  • Karen York
  • Lathan Hopsecker - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion

4th Quarter 2020

  • Jonathan Cook
  • Lori Durst
  • Heather Perry
  • Dr. Deeanne Engle
  • Anna Troupe - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion

3rd Quarter 2020

  • Mat Ammons
  • Bre Dorsey
  • Silje Pederson
  • Donna Rouse
  • Joel Long - Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion