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Current Champions of Excellence

Congratulations to this Quarter's
current Champions of Excellence!

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.

Past Recipients

1st Quarter 2022

Esther Enders

Champion of Excellence Esther Enders

Esther Enders serves as a Registered Nurse at the Physician Offices at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County Medical Office Building.

Comments from Nominator:
Esther is a great employee. She helps out wherever needed and is always willing to help out and answer questions. I value her time, knowledge and friendship. Over the last couple of months I have really felt like we grew a bond and really work well together. When we lost Sheila, she stepped up with the vaccinations for our kiddos. It takes a lot of time everyday to make sure they have insurance or not and what vaccines they need. Esther always has a smile on her face and is here to do her job. I feel that she is really compassionate about her job no matter if it nursing, the people she is taking care of or if she is ahead of vaccines that day. She is always ready to give someone a pick me up if someone is having a bad day or someone needs to hear they are doing a good job. I love seeing Esther everyday and am glad I get to work with her. Esther has a lot of compassion for her job and you really can see it every day. Esther is such a joy to work with and be around. Patients are always number one to Esther. She has great communication with all the staff up at the Medical Office Building. She seems to know the answers and if she doesn't know she finds the answers for us. She holds everyone accountable and keeps us all on track.”

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

Janet Hinkley

Champion of Excellence Janet Hinkley

Janet Hinkley serves as an Accounts Receivable Clerk in the Business Office at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Janet has worked at Memorial Hospital for 28 years. We asked Janet her thoughts on being nominated and she said, “I am surprised to be nominated!” We also asked her what she enjoys most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital. Janet responded with, “I like challenging myself to give the best customer service to everyone I come in contact with every day.” A fact that some may not know about Janet – she is a 4th generation pioneer of Douglas.

Comments from Nominator:
“She demonstrates every single one of our values every day. She has compassion for our patients and coworkers and is often our go to problem solver and our "big dog momma", taking care of all of us like her own. She is very competent in her job skills making sure every single penny is put where it is supposed to go and often staying late to get it all done. She is very organized and efficient and she is respectful in her actions and towards our patients, always treating them and us as important people. Janet has integrity in how she does her job, she is a joy to work with every day, and her job revolves around patient-centeredness.”

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

Joy Johnson

Champion of Excellence Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson serves as the Pharmacy Manager at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Joy has worked at Memorial Hospital for 21 years. When asked her thoughts on being nominated, Joy said, “It is quite an honor. The pharmacy department plays important role in the everyday life at MHCC. It feels good to be appreciated.” When asked what she most enjoyed about her job, Joy said, “As pharmacy manager at MHCC, I truly enjoy working with the MHCC staff whether clinic or non-clinical. MHCC has a strong since of family with the hometown feel.” When she’s not working, Joy enjoys the company of her family and friends.

Comments from Nominator:
“1) She is humble and patient-centered. Joy didn’t expect any recognition or accolades. She just quietly does what needed done, and beyond. 2) Ownership. Joy sees people as she goes about her day, and is observant. When she is met with a challenge, she tackles it head on and figures it out. 3) Respect. Joy is respectful of human dignity, and goes out of her way to care for the underprivileged. She is a servant leader.”

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

Cindy Ortega

Champion of Excellence Cindy Ortega

Cindy Ortega serves as a Barista at Mocha Molly’s in Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Cindy is working on her 11th year at Memorial Hospital. We asked Cindy how she felt about receiving the Champion of Excellence and she said, “I feel honored and I truly am blessed to be involved with this organization.” We also asked her what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Memorial Hospital. Cindy responded with, “I love everything about my job. My favorite day of the week is Monday, I get to come be with my work family. This is the greatest organization to be a part of.” Fun fact, Cindy is allergic to negativity.

Comments from Nominator:
“Cindy is always so happy. She loves her job here and she loves her customers and co-workers. People think she is crazy with her Happy Monday's and her sprinkles, but she puts a smile on everyone's face. She is a joy to work with and if more people could be that happy when they come to work it would make a world of difference for our customers, patients, and co-workers. Cindy is one of the most joyful people I have ever met. When I think of our value of Joy her face is the 1st thing that comes to mind.”

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

Mindy Timberman

Champion of Excellence Mindy Timberman

Mindy Timberman serves as the Radiology Manager at Western Medical Associates. While she’s been with Memorial Hospital since their merger in 2020, Mindy has worked with Western Medical Associates since 2017. We asked Mindy how she felt about receiving the Champion of Excellence and she said, “I appreciate the nomination, thank you! It was a pleasant surprise.” We also asked her what she enjoyed most about her job and working at Western Medical Associates and Memorial Hospital. Mindy responded with, “The two best parts of my job are patient care and my coworkers. I gain satisfaction being able to help patients in their time of need, and to give them the kindness and reassurance they deserve. I work with the best team, I enjoy coming to work with them.” An interesting fact about Mindy that most people don’t know…she use to race in endure races! “I miss my car and racing every summer and hope to be able to race again someday”, said Mindy.

Comments from Nominator:
“Mindy takes great pride in her job and patients come first to her. She shows all 7 of our the hospital values. Her patients come first and she will do anything she can to make sure that they are well taken care of. She is constantly volunteering for more jobs, even though she might not have the time, so that she can help out the hospital and make it a better place. She’s a manager, Radiology Tech , and does all the ordering for all of WMA. She took on doing all the ordering for WMA, even though she was stretched thin with all her other jobs, to make sure her co-workers have the supplies they need. She is a joy to work with and a team player. She puts the hospital and her patients needs before her own. Mindy just keeps taking on new jobs for WMA and never complains and keeps on plugging away.”

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

Special Recipients

In special recognition for their efforts during the trying times of the Fall 2021 COVID surge, we've also recognized the following employees as Champions of Excellence with $250 monetary awards:

Misti Bachus, RNChampion of Excellence Misti Bachus

Wade Brennan
Champion of Excellence Wade Brennan

Sariet Burchfield, RN
Champion of Excellence Sariat Burchfield, RN

Shelly Lopez, RN
Champion of Excellence Shelly Lopez

Tara Mesa

Wes Morris
Champion of Excellence Wes Morris

Donna Rouse
Champion of Excellence Donna Rouse

Stacey Schiel, RN
Champion of Excellence 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