Jamestown Regional Medical Center held its annual Golden Gala celebration, honoring employees for their years of service and dedication. The event also highlighted recipients of monthly peer recognition known as the Leaf Award as well as the medical center’s highest employee distinction, the Legend Award.

JRMC Reward & Recognition Committee at the Golden Gala
JRMC Reward & Recognition Committee at the Golden Gala.

The Leaf Award is a peer-to-peer recognition program that allows JRMC staff to nominate colleagues who demonstrate the medical center’s values of attitude, communication, compassion, ownership, respect and teamwork. Throughout 2023, over 400 handwritten leaves were exchanged among employees.


The Legend Award recognizes employees who live out JRMC’s mission. Nominations share how the employees live out JRMC’s mission. Winners are voted on by JRMC employees. In 2023, JRMC employees selected Amy Walz, Physical Therapy; Jamie Heinley and Liz Mehus, Social Services; Joey Cotton, Plant Operations; Hannah Boese, Nursing; and Abby Harr, Transitional Care, for their legendary work.

Years of service honors reached a new record this year, recognizing Marla Wegner for her 50 years of service to the medical center.

JRMC congratulates and sincerely thanks all the milestone recipients.

50 Years

Marla Wegner, Family BirthPlace

40 Years

Pamela Enger, Patient Care Unit

30 Years

Marcie Marler Maier, Surgical Services

Pamela Enger, Marla Wegner and Marcie Marler Maier
(l to r) Pamela Enger, Patient Care Unit; Marla Wegner, Family BirthPlace; and Marcie Marler Maier, Surgical Services were honored at the 2024 Golden Gala for their years of service at JRMC.

25 Years

Tracy Anderson, Rehabilitation Services
Melissa Matzke, Utilization Review
Julie Meyer, Health Information
Rhonda Ravely, Materials
Leann Ripplinger, Rehabilitation Services
Julia Schulz, Rehabilitation Services
Karrilyn Woehl, Health Information

20 Years

Rhea Miller, Surgical Services
Donna Rowell, Patient Financial Services
Lori Wanzek, Patient Financial Services

15 Years

Emily Allen, Nutrition Services
Katherine Barta, Patient Care Unit
Steven Mayhair, Information Services
Lori Morin, Respiratory Care
Amy Walz, Rehabilitation Services

10 Years

Heather Erholtz, Health Strategy
Victoria Rangel, Patient Access Management
Lili Ruby, Clinic Support Services
Sharlee Trevithick, Home Health/ Hospice
Wendy Widman, JRMC Clinic

5 Years

Rebecca Anderson, Surgical Services
Tonya Anderson, Family BirthPlace
Maria Benson, Radiology
Sophie Brandenburg, Surgical Services
Lauren Buringham, Rehabilitation Services
Noelle Buskness, Radiology
Joey Cotton, Plant
Kent Diehl, Emergency Department
Ashley Eagleson, Pharmacy
Kayla Emter, JRMC Clinic
Mitchell Gahner, Information Services
Steve Inglish, Emergency Department
Holly Kiehl, Nutrition Services
Jessica Linderman, Surgical Services
Desirae Otto,  Patient Access Management
Tara Simonsen, Family BirthPlace
Lisa Truax, Emergency Department
Kayla Willer, Rehabilitation Services

Sophie Brandenburg, Meredith Weisz and Holly Wald
(l to r) Sophie Brandenburg, RN; Meredith Weisz, Patient Access Management; Holly Wald, Patient Access Management take a selfie at the Golden Gala celebration.

“Our employees are the heart of Jamestown Regional Medical Center,” said Mike Delfs, JRMC President and CEO. “The Golden Gala is an opportunity for us to express our immense gratitude for their dedication and service. We are privileged to have such an outstanding team focused on providing high quality, compassionate care to our community.”

JRMC congratulates all award recipients and extends thanks for helping make JRMC the trusted community partner it is today.

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