Two staffers honored by FMCH during pandemic

Pictured: Shelby Burchett, FMCH CEO, Vicki Kokjohn, VP of Patient Care Services, Amanda Burgus, Heather Oppenheimer-Smith and Barb Linder, Director of Quality/Patient Safety

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Community Hospital recognized two employees for the March Employee of the Month honors. Amanda Burgus, Emergency Room Director and Heather Oppenheimer-Smith, Infection Preventionist were chosen for their continuous dedication to FMCH during the the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were recognized with this nomination:
These two employees are being nominated as co-employees of the month for the exemplary job they both have done preparing our facility for the COVID-19 pandemic. They have and continue to spend countless hours around the clock providing us with guidance and an understanding of what we are up against, and what we must do to serve our patients and staff safely. They both lead by example and educate us on the why’s during these difficult times and they do so with a positive attitude. With these two professionals leading us, we are well prepared for whatever we are faced with. It is not just their knowledge, but the way they convey this knowledge to others. I am proud to have these two ladies as part of our leadership team at FMCH, and our staff and patients are better off because of them!
Heather has been with FMCH for the past eight years and Amanda just celebrated her twelve-year anniversary with FMCH. Both recognized Shelby Burchett, CEO, as a mentor throughout their careers at FMCH. Heather also added Mary Zippe as someone who helped her “grow up” as a nurse. Amanda added a shout out to her mom, who went back to nursing school when Amanda was ten, this is what encouraged her to pursue a career in health care and she truly feels lead to her success as a nurse today.

When asked about their favorite part of working at FMCH, both responded the family driven culture and teamwork as key factors.
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.

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