WOODRUFF, WI— Patrick Baker, Respiratory Care Practitioner at Howard Young Medical Center, was recently recognized at the 2009 Wisconsin Health Care Employee Pride Program recognition dinner, held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Baker joined 76 other health care employees from across the state.
The program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), is designed to celebrate the health care workforce and recognize their “truly amazing” contributions to the health of their communities, according to WHA President Steve Brenton.
“People who work in hospitals are among Wisconsin’s most dedicated and valuable employees. It takes special people to care for others and our communities are richer, safer and healthier places to live because of these professionals,” Brenton said. “Whether they are on the front lines, or supporting those who deliver patient care, every health care employee helps improve the health status in the community where they live and work.”
Employees were asked to describe what led them to choose an occupation in health, and why they decided to work in a hospital. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays. A committee at each health care facility selected the winning essay, and that person was honored at the recognition banquet May 7.
“I was in an automobile crash which almost ended but dramatically changed my life. Through the events that followed my realization is that I did not choose health care, it chose me,” said Patrick Baker, Respiratory Care Practitioner at Howard Young Medical Center.
The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare human Resources Administration, and the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives.
Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.