BY PCC STAFF
Fort Madison Community Hospital recognized Neva Koechle as it’s October Employee of the Month. Koechle works as a registered nurse and Certified Lactation Consultant in the Birthplace at FMCH. She has been with FMCH for 18 years.
Koechle was recognized with this nomination, sent in by a patient:
This employee has been my biggest supporter in my journey of breastfeeding both of my girls. It doesn’t matter when I call or text her she always gets back to me as soon as she can even on her days off. She has encouraged me to look even further into whether my youngest daughter had a tongue tie when we were having so much trouble nursing. Once we had her tongue tie fixed the pain went away, my supply increased, with coaching from this employee, and my daughter was far more satisfied. This employee was also the one who first told me about donating milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank. This was something that caught my attention and became a dream of mine because both of my girls had to be in the NICU after birth, using donor milk while in the hospital in Iowa City. Through careful coaching, we have already been able to donate 232 ounces of milk, growing my supply to meet my daughters demand as well. I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of donating milk to the sick babies who need it the most had it not been for this employee. She is quick to say that I did all the work, but without her I would have never made it. She is always so eager to offer a kind word, encouragement, support, love and humor to whatever problem I go to her with. She’s absolutely wonderful with the kids when we go to baby weigh in, to the point of crawling around on the floor with my 2 1/2 year old and playing with her under the chairs. I would also like to thank the hospital for allowing her the flexibility to make herself available to us nursing mothers and our babies. It’s truly a blessing, and certainly has been to my family.
“My favorite part about working at FMCH is our people, all of us in every department. Like most families, we don’t always agree but for the most part we all strive for the same goals and work together well. We hold each other up when things get hard and we clap for our friends when things are going well,” commented Koechle.
Koechle enjoys spending time with her husband and three very active school-aged children when not working.
The Employee of the Month is an initiative developed by the Reward & Recognition team. Each month a FMCH employee is honored for going above and beyond for the good of the patient, their co-workers and the organization.