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Hospital honors eight employees

Rapid City Regional Hospital recently honored eight employees with Nursing Recognition Star Awards. Employees were encouraged to nominate their fellow nurses for the awards, which were developed by the hospital’s Nurse Shared Governance Council.

Maternal child health nurse Sandy Wright received the Guiding Star–Mentor Award. Melanie Tish, registered nurse in the cardiac interventional unit, received the Gold Star-Service Award. Carol Carey, registered nurse in the emergency department, was chosen as the Shining Star–Community Award winner. 

The Rising Star–Novice Award was presented to Jennifer Hart, a recent nursing graduate currently working in home care/hospice. Carolyn Sigel, clinical resource nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, was honored as the Super Star–Expert Award recipient. Wendy Asher, certified nurse practitioner, was recognized with the Blazing Star–Advanced Practice Nurse Award.

The Supportive Star Award was presented to Jeanne Anderson, a health unit clerk in pediatrics.

The Nurse Advocate Award, intended for a non-nursing employee, was awarded to Dana Darger, the hospital’s pharmacy director.

Martin attends elder law meeting

Rapid City attorney Robert Martin recently attended the 2010 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys elder and special needs law annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The group’s mission is to establish members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and service to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. 

Work for mental health honored

Behavior Management Systems recognized community members for their efforts in supporting mental health issues with a community service award, in observance of Mental Health Month in May.

Judy Koscak of A-Plus Payee Service was recognized by the mainstream division, a program for adults with long-term mental illness, for commitment and compassion in working with the consumers of Behavior Management Systems. 

Tammy Arens-Beauchamp of Early Childhood Connections was awarded the Youth Service Award by the family pathways division of Behavior Management Systems for her commitment and dedication to early childhood interventions.

Behavioral health workers honored

Lori Atkins, Rapid City, was named employee of the year for Behavior Management Systems during the organization’s annual staff retreat.

Other award recipients included Cindy Baumann-Bourne of Rapid City for the Personal Effectiveness Award; Lisa Field of Rapid City for the Leadership and Empowerment Award; Jeff Wahl of Rapid City for the Client and Customer Focus Award; Matt Gordon of Hot Springs for the Service Excellence Award; the Full Circle Division of Rapid City for the Team Effectiveness Award; and Kevin Callahan of Rapid City for the Rookie of the Year Award.

A 20 Years of Service Award was given to Mike Sprung of Rapid City. Cindy Stolte-Brown, Bob Holmes, Dick Leir and Shawna Roth of Rapid City and Bev Oswald of Spearfish were honored for 15 years of service; Bonnie Lang, Deanna Pfeifle and Margaret Skillman of Rapid City and Linda Gross of Spearfish were honored for 10 years of service; and Matt Gordon of Hot Springs and Tammy Shepherd and Debbie Embree of Rapid City were honored for five years of service.

Tjaden rejoins Regional clinic

Dr. Karen Tjaden has rejoined the staff of the Regional Medical Clinic, with an office at the Lead Deadwood Regional Medical Clinic.

Tjaden is board-certified in family medicine and earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at St. Cloud Hospital/Mayo Family Medicine Residency in St. Cloud, Minn.

Tjaden provides family medical care in Deadwood.

Equipment installers earn member status

The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society announced the names of members awarded RSES certificate member status in April for having passed an examination that tests the knowledge required to install and service refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

Members of the Black Hills Chapter who passed the exam included Lynn J. Amick, Kennith E. Baker and Scott E. Larson, all of Rapid City.

Staff honors

Connie Hall of the housekeeping department was employee of the month for April at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. … Amanda Crooks, Black Hills travel specialist, was top salesperson for March at Black Hills Central Reservations.

New hires

Karin Hansen of Rapid City has joined the staff of the South Dakota Retailers Association as a marketing representative, responsible for the western half of the state.

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