It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to cut loose and
have a little fun with your co-workers! That’s exactly what we did
earlier this month at our annual Employee Service Awards Banquet as we
honored five employees for 40 years of continuous, full-time service and
two others with the most prestigious awards of the evening. The reward
and recognition event distinguishes employees celebrating milestone anniversaries
and those with significant professional achievements.
During the event, Bonnie Johnson, Melody Pinckney, Barbara Righter, Linda
Stone and Julia Wilson were each recognized for reaching the 40-year milestone.
Employees who’ve reached the 36 to 40 year milestone are pictured
above with Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati, Summerville Medical Center
CEO Lisa Valentine and Summerville Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer
Maria Teresa Alaisa, patient coordinator for Trident Medical Center’s
Progressive Care Unit earned the Trident Award. “It is evident with
every shift Maria Teresa works that her goals are to provide excellent
care to our patients, educate and support the staff and make the Progressive
Care Unit the best it can be,” said Elizabeth Ussery, manager of
the Progressive Care Unit.
Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati (right) presents Maria Teresa Alasia (left)
with the Trident Award.
Joan Funderburk, monitor technician for Summerville Medical Center’s
Telemetry department earned the Summerville Award. “Joanie connects
with people of all kinds and has the gift of giving comfort, kindness,
empathy and most of all compassion,” said Carolyn Ogrodnik , director
of the Medical-Surgical Unit at Summerville Medical Center. “Not
a day goes by that she doesn’t demonstrate all of these qualities.”
Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati (left) and Summerville Medical Center CEO
Lisa Valentine (right) congratulate Joan Funderburk (center) with the
The Trident and Summerville Award nominees are designated by directors
and collected quarterly from each department. Each year, the administrative
team determines one winner to represent each facility. The award recipients
each receive $1,000 and a bouquet of flowers. In addition, $1,000 is also
sent to a charity of each recipient’s choice.
Co-workers Brittany Hyland, Rebekah Faulk and Catherine Holly have fun
on the dance floor.
More than 300 additional employees were recognized for their years of service
in categories ranging from five to 39 years. The health system celebrated
a combined 4,165 total years of service to Trident Health.
“To have so many employees who have dedicated decades of service
to Trident Health is a real testament to our organization and the character
and commitment of our wonderful team,” said Trident Health CEO Todd
Gallati. “We are so grateful and blessed to have these individuals
as part of our staff.”