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Provena Health Announces Annual R.I.S.E Award Winners

Every day, employees and physicians across the Provena Health system are guided by our mission to build communities of healing and hope by compassionately responding to human need in the spirit of Jesus Christ.  Expanding upon the faith and heritage of our founding religious congregations, Provena Health also commits itself to its four values - Respect, Integrity, Stewardship and Excellence (RISE)- which flow from our mission and identity as a Catholic healthcare ministry.

Each year, Provena Health employees have an opportunity to nominate fellow employees or physicians whom they feel best live out these values in their daily work as part of the system's annual R.I.S.E. award competition.  In March, four local winners were chosen at each Provena hospital ministry, as well as Provena Home Care, Provena Senior Services, Alverno Provena Hospital Laboratories and Provena Corporate Offices.  From this distinguished group, the five overall system winners were selected and formally unveiled during Provena Health's annual Leadership Convocation, held in Chicago in early May.

And the well-deserving winners areā€¦

RespectAngie Brown

Angela Brown
Staff Accountant, Payroll Manager
Provena Senior Services Corporate Finance

A co-worker who nominated Angie wrote: "All of Angie's contributions are excellent, but there is one particular undertaking that has stood out for me.  Angie spent her own personal time to embrace the Bidwell house project in Freeport.  Angie participated on each call to make sure all the necessary items would be available and that volunteers would have everything they needed to get the job done.  She took time to talk with the residents of Provena St. Joseph's community living program, treating them with the highest regard and true respect.  I am very proud to be Angie's co-worker."Dr. Jo-Mel Labayog

Jo-Mel Labayog, M.D.
Oncology/Hematology, Regional Cancer Center
Provena United Samaritans Medical Center

"Dr. Jomel Labayog is a man whose compassion and dignity for others shows in everything he does," wrote members of his staff who nominated him for the award.  "His patients are a part of our family.  In a time when they may feel like their lives are 'out of control,' he gives them power, respect and compassion.  The teamwork that we have at the Regional Cancer Center is outstanding because Dr. Labayog - our team leader - is so wonderful.  We all strive to better ourselves because of his ability to challenge us.  We enjoy coming to work because of him.  We are so lucky that he calls Danville and Provena his home."

IntegrityRhonda Grubb

Rhonda Grubb
Regional Director, Human Resources
Provena United Samaritans Medical Center

"When you feel as strongly as Rhonda does about making a difference - a difference to employees, patients and visitors - it does not go unnoticed," wrote a co-worker.  "Rhonda is a wonderful mentor and coach to the human resources staff and PUSMC management team, and she is respected and trusted throughout the organization. Rhonda is always willing to help out and make time for everyone - she is an advocate for all employees and gives many of us hope that whatever obstacle arises, we will overcome it!"

StewarEd Petakdship

Ed Petak
Director, Mission Services
Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

"Certainly Provena Health's definition of 'stewardship' was inspired by Ed Petak, a tireless advocate for the poor and vulnerable," states one of many nomination forms submitted on his behalf. "Over the years, Ed has assisted employees in so many ways.  He is here for our happiest times, such as marriage and christenings, and during our saddest moments, often giving up his personal time to assist others in various ways.  He has walked with many families in the darkest moments of life's journey - a painful diagnosis, the dying and grieving process, and other difficult family situations.  He is a mentor and models the passion he feels for our mission, connecting with each person on a deeply personal level."


Jennifer ComptonJennifer Compton
Respiratory Coordinator, Cardio-Pulmonary Diagnostics
Provena Covenant Medical Center

"Jennifer exudes excellence in everything she does.  She has high standards for herself and those who work for her.  She is responsible for many areas and plays a key role in our service excellence efforts.  As initiative champion, Jennifer is one of the team leaders I can always count on each and every time.  Her work with the measurement team is outstanding and our Studer coach says Jennifer is one of the best team leaders he has ever worked with - he said she does "a superior job!"

"On behalf of our sponsors, our Boards and the entire Provena Health family, I am extremely pleased to extend my heartfelt congratulations to these shining examples of what we all strive to be," said William T. Foley, President and CEO.


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