Caz receives statewide Health Care Employee Recognition honor

It is the voices. “Voices as distinct today as they were when I first heard them.” Christine Caz, Community Services and Volunteer Coordinator at Eagle River Memorial Hospital recalls the voices, faces and experiences that have become part of who she is and where she has been.

“It is rare that one person can say their life has been so fortunate to cross the many paths of others as mine,” said Caz in her essay. “I have known leaders and visionaries. I have seen the best and worst of people and situations. I have cried and laughed at the same time, held hands, written pounds of reports and attended countless meetings. But through all of this it is the voices that I hold dear. The endless echo of those words that have touched and shaped my life. My job, my organization, my community; these have become the very fabric of my life.”

Caz and 53 other health care employees from across the state were honored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) annual Employee Pride Recognition Program. The program 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 a health occupation. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays. A committee at each health care facility selected the winning essay, and that person was honored by the WHA, a membership organization that advocates for the ability of its members to provide high quality health care services to Wisconsin communities.

The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives.

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