Seven Rivers Regional names Employee of Year

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center has named Susan Brooks, LPN, as 2013 Employee of the Year.

This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Susan was chosen from among 460 employees for the honor.

“Healthcare requires a special blend of great people skills, tireless energy and the ability to work well under pressure,” said Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer. “People who work in healthcare share the common desire to help others and make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a pleasure to recognize our employees for their dedication to our patients and to providing outstanding care.”

Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job.

Susan Brooks has worked for Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center since July 1998. She began her nursing career 40 years ago, working the night shift in a labor and delivery unit. Later she became a school nurse. Now, Susan cares for medical and surgical patients on the third floor of the hospital. When questions arise, it is Susan’s clinical expertise and bedside experience that make her a favorite resource for students, co-workers and leadership.

“From the time I was six years old, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. My grandmother was a nurse in England. And now, much of my family works in healthcare. They are nurses, doctors and administrators,” said Brooks. “Our calling in life is to serve others. We’ve chosen healthcare as our way to do that.”

Susan’s manager knows why she was selected as employee of the year. “She always goes the extra mile to help others without being asked; she is so in-tune with her work environment and the needs of her co-workers,” said Carol DeFalco, nurse manager.