Each year, Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill recognizes employees who reach significant employment milestones.

This year’s group of honorees totals 37 employees who together hold nearly 500 years of combined service to Good Samaritan Health Center or Ministry Health Care.

“The service award banquet is definitely a highlight each year,” said Good Samaritan President Michael Hammer. “It’s always exciting to join together and recognize the dedicated staff members who provide the backbone of our commitment to provide high quality health care to the Merrill Community.”

Leading honorees this year are a pair of 40 year employees, Carol Schmidt who serves as a certified nursing assistant on the medical/surgical unit and Radiology Director Norbert “Nubs” Ashbeck.

Those recognized for 30 years of service include: Anne Ashbeck, Respiratory Therapy; Kathi Lynn Peterson, Same Day Surgery Center and Nancy Dabbert, Radiology.

20 year employees include Bonnie-Jo Noonan, Laboratory; Deborah Schleif, Administration; Sandra Schmeltzer, Merrill Child Care Center; Barb Woller, Finance; Cynthia Koehler, Physical Therapy and Lizabeth Heckendorf, Materials Management.

“All of these employees have made a contribution to the delivery of health care in the Merrill area and are a significant part of our history,” added Hammer.

15 year honorees include Carole Fink, Nursing Administration; Susan George, Occupational Therapy and Jean Thom, Nutritional Services.

Those recognized for 10 years of service include Erinn Bunnell, Occupational Therapy; Susan Coady, Rehabilitation Services; Beth Schmelling, Physical Therapy; Colleen Schuett Emergency Department; Vivian Sczygelski, Nutritional Services; Kenneth Sullivan, M.D., Emergency Department; Sheryl Chism, Community Health & Wellness and Kristin Woller, Occupational Therapy.

5 year honorees include David Skiff, Pharmacy; Carrie Heckendorf, Business Office; Valerie Sabatke, Radiology; Amy Wood, Merrill Child Care Center; David Burnett, Anesthesiology;Jeffrey Craig, M.D., Emergency Department; Dawn Schmidt, Housekeeping; Mary Hintze, Anesthesiology; Wendy Atkinson, Health Information Services; Joel Robl, Emergency Department; Michael Newman, Plant Maintenance & Operations; Beverly Dietz Plant Maintenance & Operations; Ruth A. Nelson-Lau, Walk In Clinic and Randy Stank, Anesthesiology.

Good Samaritan Health Center employees achieving these service milestones were recognized on Thursday, March 5 during a banquet held in the Hospital Cafeteria.

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