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St. Helena Hospital Honors Employees for Service

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St. Helena Hospital Honors Employees for Service

May 12, 2012

St. Helena, California

St. Helena Hospital recently held two events honoring 255 health care and administrative employees. Each has given five or more years of service at the Napa Valley, Vallejo or Clear Lake campus.

According to Mark Fowler, Executive Director Human Resources/OD at St. Helena Hospital, "These employees, with their skill and dedication, are the backbone of the quality care we offer the region."

The commitment of these employees is extraordinary - out of 255 honorees at the two events, over 180 have served more than 10 years, with 22 serving between 25 and 35 years. "We’re honored to have so many employees who have provided care and support to the community for so many years," said Wendi Fox, Administrative Director of Human Resources at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. She said that the awards given "express our sincere appreciation for their ongoing dedication to our mission."

Employees of St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health were honored May 3, 2012. The event recognized 204 staff members with five or more years of service. The event began with pictures dating back to the 1970s, when some of the honorees first began employment at St. Helena. "The photos really brought home how many years and how many changes these employees have experienced during their time here," said Fowler.

Margie Penkala, Manager of the Graphic Arts department, summed up some of the reasons so many have chosen to remain with St. Helena Hospital for so many years of dedicated service. "I love the character of the hospital, the Christian spirit, the administrators, the volunteers and the employees I get to work with in connection with my job," she says. "The hospital is my second family. I truly enjoy the work I do, so I get to experience job satisfaction on a daily basis. I get a lot of work done, but have fun doing it. I also love coming to work in a country setting with gorgeous views and scenery surrounding me. Knowing the hospital has been in operation for over 100 years gives me inspiration, and the buildings (both old and new) and grounds have personality. There is always something new to see and discover. I am proud to be a part of St. Helena Hospital." Ms. Penkala has served at the Napa Valley campus for over 35 years.

Employees of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake were honored on May 10, 2012. Following an invocation by Duane Barnes, honors were presented to 51 employees – representing 560 years of service – during an awards ceremony conducted by Ms. Fox; Terry Newmyer, President/CEO of Adventist Health’s St. Helena Region; and Vice President of Operations, David Santos. Mr. Santos spoke about of the contributions of the honorees. Dr. Steve Herber, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Edward "Buck" McDonald, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, were also in attendance.

"Everything we can offer to the community, every service, every technology, comes down to our people," said Terry Newmyer. "Health care is first and foremost about care, and that care comes from the hearts, minds and hands of the people who work with our patients, partners and systems. Our employees, in every role within the hospital, make extraordinary contributions on a daily basis. It can be truly humbling to see the commitment and sense of mission expressed every day in acts of caring both large and small. It’s our privilege, as an organization, to be able to provide a framework for so many dedicated people to make such a difference in our communities."


About St. Helena Hospital: is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the health values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 18 acute care hospitals, more than 135 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.