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Congratulations to Our September Employee of the Month, Glen Grimes


Glen has been with Adventist Health at Tillamook Regional Medical Center for one and a half years; he is a lab tech/phlebotomist. He grew up in Nehalem, graduated from Neah-Kah-Nie High School, and attended Western Oregon University. “I love my job,” Glen said. “The people are the best thing about working here. I get to see new people every day. I like working with patients and I work with great people. I want to say thank you to all of my coworkers for making this a great place to work.”

Pictured at right: Glen Grimes, September Employee of the Month, with Eric Swanson, left, and Larry Davy, right.

Glen got married in September to Connie Grimes; the two used to work together at the Mohler Co-op in Nehalem. They have been friends for 10 years and dated for the past year and a half. They have two children, Raymond, 6, and Addison, 16 months. In his spare time Glen likes to play with his kids.

From Glen’s supervisor Nicole Vertner: “When we opened the Plaza there were a lot of challenges to overcome in the lab; computers that didn’t work, unorganized resources, a lack of support staff and a higher patient volume than anticipated. Through it all Glenn kept a positive attitude, solved problems, and helped lead the department to success. Most recently I found him being the ultimate teammate, picking up extra responsibilities without being asked, pitching in and solving problems to better facilitate patient care.

Glenn is a shining example of the standards of Tillamook C.A.R.E.S. He shows commitment every day in his stewardship and positive attitude. He is constantly thinking of ways to make the lab at the Plaza a better place for patients and employees and is more than happy to help in any situation. He has shown this with his positive attitude, ability to adapt, collaborate and problem-solve on a daily basis. He is the reason computer systems are working properly. He fixed a problem with Epic that most of us thought was a network error; this allowed the phlebotomists to efficiently do their job and serve patients in an organized and timely manner.

“Glenn is very respectful; he treats patients like family and ensures that their privacy and dignity are maintained in often uncomfortable or nerve wracking situations where multiple tests are being performed. He shows excellence is his use of AIDET and always makes sure the patients are aware of the exam that is being performed and that any questions they have are answered. His service has raised the standards for his coworkers and exceeded the expectations of his patients. He is thorough and friendly while providing an excellent quality of care. It is a pleasure to work with Glenn and inspiring to watch someone solve so many problems and do it all with such a positive attitude. He has truly exceeded the expectations of his role in our organization and made the Plaza a better place for patients and for his coworkers.”

Congratulations Glen and thank you for your fine work.