Jamestown Regional Medical Center recently announced Liz Mehus as its Legend Award recipient for the first quarter.
The Legend Award is the most prestigious distinction for a JRMC employee. The Legend Award recognizes employees who exceed expectations and make a difference in the lives of those they serve.
JRMC Home Health Manager Shar Trevithick nominated Mehus because Mehus went out of her way to find homes for a patient’s pets while the patient received care.
“When a JRMC patient was discharged to her sister’s home, the patient was extremely concerned about the welfare of her many cats. Liz worked diligently to find homes for more than 30 cats, making phone calls and even going to the patient’s home and helping to find, catch and deliver the cats to their new owners. Liz truly went above and beyond,” Trevithick wrote.
Mehus joined the JRMC team in 2010. She lives in Valley City with her husband, Dan, and three sons, Sam, Max and Joey.
JRMC’s 350 employees cast anonymous votes to select the Legend Award winner.
The purpose of the Legend Award is to inspire, motivate and capture the moments that define JRMC. The goal is to help employees and volunteers connect to the sense of purpose that brought them to the organization. This award is for employees who’ve made extreme efforts to benefit their patients and colleagues.
“The nominations inspire staff members to continually be the best, exceed expectations and make a difference in the lives of those we serve,” said JRMC Chief Executive Officer K.C DeBoer.
Once nominated, both JRMC administration and employees voted on their favorite nominees and their stories.
“JRMC goes above and beyond for its staff from our Legend Awards each quarter to employee engagement,” JRMC Human Resources Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Ricki Ramlo said. “We are grateful for our employees’ commitment to caring for our patients and our community.”
The Legend Award first began in 2012. Since then, more 30 individuals were named legends and more than 100 employees were nominated.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
When JRMC patient, Janice Harr, was discharged to her sister’s home, Joann Seekins, on hospice in November 2017, she was extremely concerned and anxious about who would take care and look after her many cats at home.
Harr’s residence was home to more than 30 cats and they were all part of her family.
“Janice had a big, compassionate heart,” shared Joann Seekins, Harr’s sister. “She didn’t always have so many cats, but the strays found their way to her because they knew she would take care of them.”
JRMC Social Services, Liz Mehus was taking care of Harr’s patient case when she found out about her fur-babies. She worked diligently to rehome the cats.
Mehus made several phone calls to find homes for Harr’s cats. She even went to her home to find, catch and deliver them to their new owners.
“You could see Janice’s anxiety lift from her shoulders and see the relief in knowing her cats were taken care of,” JRMC Home Health Manager, Shar Trevithick said. “Liz truly went above and beyond.”
Mehus’ story was nominated by Trevithick for JRMC’s Legend Award. The story and three others were voted upon by administration and staff.
“I am honored to have received this award,” shared Mehus. “Even being nominated for the Legend Award by Shar was awesome.”
Liz Mehus, you are THE difference at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.