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2019-8-19

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces the Safety Superstar Award

Emporia, VA – Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, has been named Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s (SVRMC) Safety Superstar for the Second Quarter of 2019. Letrice, who works in SVRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit, was caught making a difference in safety and was chosen by the SVRMC Safety Coaches to receive this award.  Her nomination included the following statements:  “She is always safety conscious and uses her error prevention tools on a daily basis.  She is often called the safety person on the Unit”.  Her Manager, Theodora Zacharopoulos stated “Letrice is always eager and willing to assist with the patients and staff on the unit.  Most importantly, she is extremely observant and we are proud to have her as part of our Behavioral Health Unit”.

Each quarter, safety coaches at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center nominate employees that have been caught making a difference in safety from safety coach observations throughout the quarter. The employee chosen is a wonderful example to others and is one that stands up for safety as well as uses their error prevention tools on a daily basis to ensure the patients at SVRMC receive the best and safest quality of care possible. These employees are never afraid to stand up for safety!

Front row, left to right: Susan Williams, CNO, Krista Turner, Quality Director, Letrice Lucas, Mental Health Tech, Theodora Zacharopoulos, Behavioral Health Manager, Peggy Dunn, Surgical Services Director; back row left to right: Meghan McCormack, Behavioral Health Unit RN, Sarah Wright, Quality Analyst, Wilson Thomas, CEO.

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for July 2019

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Lynn Holt, Long Term Care Social Worker, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for July.  There to congratulate Lynn was Tammy Trent House, Director of Social Work, Care Management and Chaplain Services, and Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Lynn has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 11 years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Lynn went above and beyond her normal work hours when asked to help the staff.  Her willingness to give up her personal time to meet the needs of her department demonstrates her professionalism and true teamwork philosophy.  She also exhibited a positive attitude through this usually busy period.  She performs thoughtful acts of kindness to other team members and is always well respected by her coworkers.  She constantly exhibits qualities of the Star Service Program and is a valuable asset to The Hundley Center.”

Lynn has been married to her husband for 50 years, has two sons, and two grandchildren.  When asked what words of wisdom she would give other employees, she stated, “Work hard and keep your sense of humor!”

In addition to the award, Lynn received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Lynn resides in Union Level, VA.

SVCC Employee Completes Apprenticeship Training in IT Field

Maynard Stowe (Left), with the Department of Labor, presents Anthony Taylor (Center), a Southside Virginia Community College employee, with his Apprenticeship card and certificate, and is accompanied by Kelly Arnold (Right), SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator.

A Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) employee has distinguished himself as the first in the Virginia Community College System to complete a certificate of Apprenticeship in Information Technology.  Anthony Taylor of Alberta, a server technician, received his journeyworker card from the Virginia Apprenticeship Council in a ceremony held on August 7, 2019, at the Christanna Campus of SVCC. Implementing the apprenticeship model proved to be an ideal training platform for SVCC’s IT department, relates Chad Wollenberg, Chief Information Officer.  

Maynard Stowe, an Apprenticeship Consultant for the Department of Labor, presented the certificate and card to Taylor. This certificate represents 2000 hours of On-The-Job (OTJ) training and 144 educational hours completed by Taylor, who is a graduate of SVCC and Old Dominion University.

“The program proved to be a lot of work but carries so much value with it,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s dedication and commitment to the program guaranteed a positive experience. The college’s investment in a Registered Apprenticeship program is ensuring a talent development program for the IT staff at SVCC.

According to Kelly Arnold, SVCC’s Apprenticeship Coordinator, “The IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. Keeping current is critical and the college’s apprenticeship program is the solution. While the apprenticeship model is well known within the building trades, it’s coherent approach to training fuses well in the IT world.  OJT hours combined with educational hours contribute to the program’s strong success. New IT occupations are being added to the DOL’s database.”

This training was made possible through the AAI Grant (American Apprenticeship Initiative) which awards funds to support the expansion of IT and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships in Virginia. 

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