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Special to The Sun—
WELLINGTON — Collingsworth General Hospital honored six employees on Dec. 10 for their years of service to the hospital (CGH), Collingsworth Family Medicine and Collingsworth County.
Until this year, service awards were announced with great fanfare at the hospital’s annual Christmas party.
“In 2020, a time when saying thanks to our employees was never more important, we had to go a slightly different and safer route,” explained Candy Powell, administrator.
The RARAS mobile food trailer from Shamrock parked on site at the hospital for most of the day providing staff members with great beef, chicken and pork tacos. Staff was encouraged to visit the truck in small groups and ate in their offices or at home over their lunch break.
“Not quite as much fun,” reported April Wright, human services manager, “but as many as 60 employees were able to participate.”
All employees received a gift of a toiletry bag filled with goodies for immediate use or to take along on their next trip. Powell also met with employees who achieved significant service milestones throughout the day to thank them in person.
With 35 years of service, Marilyn Neeley, director of rural health clinics for Preferred Management Corporation, began her career in the dietary department at CGH in 1985. She continued to work for the hospital in various positions, including manager of Collingsworth Family Medicine, until she was promoted by Preferred to oversee the rural health clinics of all Preferred affiliated hospitals including CGH. Neeley received her 35-year pin, a
trophy and a gift card.
Wendy Langford, LVN, a 25-year employee who has received numerous nominations for employee of the month and who has earned a STAR in three different years, also received a pin, trophy and gift card.
Payton Darrow, RN, was honored for her 20 years of service, also with a pin, trophy and gift card.
Other staff reaching employment milestones included Carolina Trejo, nursing assistant, 15 years; Hayden Behling, PA-C, physician assistant and Kenney Keys, PT, DPT, physical therapy director, 5-year recognition.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone,” noted Powell, “but when you have employees like these who support your organization and truly care for your community, you really know how lucky you are as an employer, a colleague, a patient and a friend.”