|KHMH’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon|
|Written by Shane D. Williams|
|Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00|
On Wednesday, December 15, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority held an appreciation Christmas luncheon for its staff members. One of the board’s main priorities is to raise the morale of the staff and create a more family based theme within the flagship health institution of Belize.
Before the feast commenced, Dr. Ricardo Fabro, Chairman of the Board of Directors, had a few words to say to the staff. He said that many times the staff members of KHMH dedicate themselves completely and sometimes go beyond the call of duty to serve their Belizean brothers and sisters but the “thank you’s” are few: “Well we the members of the Board would like to tell the staff thanks for everything that you have done. Thanks for being there for your patients; thanks for being here for KHMH; thanks for being a part of our family.”
The Human Resource Department recognizes those with perfect attendance record. Lisa Green is the Director of the department. She says that the recognition has caused a boost in productivity and efficiency. The attendance record from December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 is reviewed and everyone with perfect attendance receives a special certificate of accomplishment and a small monetary award. Last year 49 individuals were recognized for perfect attendance. The recognition and cash incentive caused that number to increase to 71 this year. The program itself is another initiative geared at improving service delivery and raising staff morale.
In addition to those recognized for perfect attendance, three staff members were congratulated for reaching their 25th year of service and four retirees were honoured. Althea Baldwin Fitzgibbon, Myrna Arana and David Jones all started working at the Belize City Hospital in 1985. Angela Wade, Director of Operations; Jennifer Decosta, Domestic Auxillary; Lorentina Steven, Staff Nurse; and Alexie Staine, Nurse’s Aide, retired or entered their submission for retirement in 2010.
After the ceremony, the kitchen staff served the traditional Christmas dinner to their fellow colleagues.