Employees Recognized at Service Awards Dinner

05/30/12

Winchester Hospital Honors Employees at Annual Service Awards Dinner

Winchester Hospital hosted its 59th annual Service Awards dinner on Thursday, May 10.  Over 400 award recipients were recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 years of service at Winchester Hospital as well as Winchester Physician Associates and Winchester Healthcare Enterprises.

Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Services, Anne Lang kicked off the evening, as she welcomed the award recipients.

“This is without a doubt my favorite night of the year,” Lang said. “It is the time of year we get to celebrate the people who make Winchester Hospital the caring and healing place it is for our patients. It is the time of year we can celebrate milestones and share memories.”

There were pom poms placed at each table to cheer on the recipients as they received their service awards.

Featured speakers during the evening included President and CEO Kevin Smith, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors Paul Andrews, and President of the Medical Staff Richard Toran, MD.  Each of these speakers praised the hard work and dedication of the award recipients. They also spoke about the overall dedication of the Winchester Hospital employees who work hard every day to deliver excellent patient care.

Director of Volunteers, Marie Johnson, introduced this year’s Volunteer of the Year – Cindy DeRosa. DeRosa was recognized for her years of volunteerism to the hospital, serving in leadership roles and on the front lines, ensuring the best possible experience for patients.    

And for the first time in its 100-year history, Winchester Hospital recognized an employee for 50 years of service to the hospital – Tony Vasconcellos.

Tony has worked at Winchester for half the hospital’s life.

“Tony’s commitment to our patients and to the hospital is evident,” said Lauren Reardon, Director of Guest Services and Food and Nutrition. “I can’t thank him enough for all of his hard work and dedication.”

John Copanos, MD was named the first recipient of the Dr. Kenneth Tucker Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award at the Service Awards banquet. This inaugural Winchester Hospital award was given in honor of the exemplary compassionate care given by the late Dr. Tucker, a member of the Winchester Hospital medical staff and founding co-chair of the Schwartz Center Rounds at Winchester Hospital.

“Dr. Copanos is the perfect recipient of this award as he exhibited all the characteristics of a compassionate caregiver: sensitivity, empathy, respect, understanding of emotional needs, outstanding listening skills, ability to impart hope, support of cultural and spiritual differences and going above and beyond to meet patient needs,” said Director of Inpatient Nursing Services at Winchester Hospital, Marlene Williamson.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.