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Current Champions of Excellence

Congratulations to this Quarter's
current Champions of Excellence!

Dawn Connolly

Champion of Excellence Dawn ConnollyDawn serves as a receptionist in the Patient Access department at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Dawn has worked at the hospital for almost 7 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital Dawn said, “I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know staff and the patients.” When asked her thoughts on being nominated, Dawn was completely surprised. “Being a receptionist you sometimes feel left out and underappreciated. I would just like to thank everyone who nominated me. It is so greatly appreciated. I know there are so many other more worthy people”, said Connolly. “I miss my MHCC peeps from getting to know everyone when I worked in the café and also at the MOB. MHCC is an awesome organization and I truly wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

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

Tanda Hicks, FNP-C

Champion of Excellence Tanda Hicks, FNP-CTanda serves as a Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Laramie Peak Rural Health Clinic in Wheatland. Tanda has worked at Memorial Hospital since October 2020, but has served the Wheatland community for 18 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about working here, Tanda said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for MHCC. From the very beginning, on the first day of orientation with Frank, I knew I had made the right choice. The culture is amazing! So positive, and people –centered, which is not always the case in larger healthcare organizations. MHCC truly cares about the patient, as well as its employees and I appreciate this greatly.” We asked Tanda her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am so excited to be nominated as one of the Champions of Excellence. I appreciate the recognition for the hard work that my team and I have put into starting LPRHC. It has been truly rewarding to see the impact we have had on this community.”

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

Eric Van Osdol

Champion of Excellence Eric Van Osdol

Eric serves as the Facilities Director at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Eric has worked at Memorial Hospital for 16 years. When asked what he enjoyed most about working here Eric said, “Everyone at MHCC has a common goal and all across the organization we work together to meet that goal and succeed. Every employee here has the opportunity to succeed and excel with the support of the entire organization behind them.” Eric felt incredibly humbled to be nominated. “It is very humbling to receive this recognition for the things that I do. Every success that I have had here at MHCC would not be possible without my entire team and the help of every other department. That includes the Foundation and the Board of Directors for always having the best interest of our patients and staff in mind.”

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

Kelly Rupe

Champion of Excellence Kelly Rupe

Kelly Rupe serves as a CPC/Physician Biller for Memorial Hospital of Converse County. She has worked at Memorial Hospital for 9 years. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital Kelly said, “I am blessed to have a job I love here at the hospital. I love working with the physician’s and their nurses that I code for and learning new things every day. The thing I like best about working here is the people, but especially the other 17 women that are in my department. They are all amazing and are more than coworkers; they are friends and family.” Kelly felt truly honored to be nominated for the Champion of Excellence award. “I feel like there are so many deserving employees that go above and beyond every day; ones that make a true difference in the lives of others. I am humbled to be considered as one of them and hope that I can bring joy to even one person’s day.”

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

Bradley Wright

Champion of Excellence Bradley Wright

Bradley was selected as the Converse County Hospital Foundation Champion.

Bradley is a Patient Care Technician at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. He just celebrated 10 months at Memorial Hospital this month! When asked what he enjoyed most about his job and working at Memorial Hospital Bradley said, “That’s a hard question but also an easy one! I enjoy everything about my job from patient care to taking care of unit council business. MHCC is definitely one of the best places to work so it makes it easy to enjoy, especially when you work 12 hours with the best professionals at MHCC!” Bradley was very excited to be nominated for the Champions of Excellence award. “I couldn’t have gotten where I am today without my co-workers and most importantly my patients!,” said Wright. “I would just like to thank everyone for helping me succeed. It’s highly appreciated, more than you know! I would not be where I am today without all of you!”

Bradley’s favorite quote that he lives by is the perfect way to sum up how he feels about his nomination and working at Memorial Hospital. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”- Mahatma Gandhi

Bradley received a monetary award of $1,000 from the Foundation.