MCH Recognizes Clinical Ladder Participants
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May 09, 2012

A reception was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Mendota Community Hospital in recognition of the staff who have completed the hospital’s Clinical Ladder Program, an annual incentive program, whose purpose is to 1) promote quality employee recruitment and retention; 2) support an environment that promotes professional behavior and growth; 3) promote continued excellence in the clinical departments; and 4) encourage active organizational involvement to improve the quality of patient care. 

To participate, each applicant must have a minimum of two years experience as a registered nurse or a certified or registered professional in one of the ancillary departments (such as Cardiopulmonary, Laboratory, Radiology, Rehab Services or Pharmacy).  In addition, participants must have been employed by the hospital for not less than one year in a benefit position.  Applicants must complete all requirements during the year being evaluated (this year it was April 2011 – March 2012).  A total of 15 points must be obtained for a first year participant, 18 points must be earned for a second year participant and 21 points are required for a third or more year participant.  Points can be earned through participation in community service, process improvement activities, hospital committee membership, and activities which share knowledge such as in-service education, public education or patient education.  All activities must be approved, verified, documented and presented in a binder format to the Clinical Ladder Team for evaluation at the end of the fiscal year.

Ten (10) employees successfully completed the 2012 Clinical Ladder Program:   4th year participants include Linda Brandt, RN, Tina Fitzgerald, RN, Berta Patterson, RN, Sara Schiefelbein, RN, and Vicki Smith, RN; 3rd year participant is Toni Piller, RN, 2nd year participants include Rhonda Myers, MT, and Mary Ritchie, RN; and 1st year participants Christy Kelson, RN, and Von Smith, CPhT.