On May 11, Lake Regional Health System presented Beacon Awards to five employees at a reception held at the hospital.


On May 11, Lake Regional Health System presented Beacon Awards to five employees at a reception held at the hospital. Beacon Awards are given annually during National Hospital Week to Lake Regional employees who embody and represent LRHS customer service standards and the following values: patient-centered care, continuous improvement, teamwork, integrity, exceptional service quality and safety. Recipients of Beacon Awards are nominated anonymously by their peers.

 Following are the 2012 Lake Regional Beacon Award recipients.

 •Gene Barnes, from Lake Ozark, is a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) analyst in the Health Information Systems department. Barnes is commended for exceptional job performance, integrity, teamwork and communicating effectively. A peer who nominated him said: “His attitude has always been that what he does every day … translates directly to better patient care.”
 •Kathie Bishop, a registered nurse from Camdenton, works on 2 East. Bishop is commended for her strong integrity, positive attitude, exceptional job performance, making excellence her goal, teamwork and innovation. A peer who nominated her said she is “a great role model.”
 •Rita Carolan, from Osage Beach, is an OR supervisor. Carolan is commended for making excellence her goal, safety consciousness, teamwork, continuous process improvements, integrity and communicating effectively. A peer who nominated her said: “She has a true commitment to patient satisfaction, working with several other departments to make excellence the goal for every patient who comes into surgery.”
 •Jennifer Newman, a registered nurse from Osage Beach, works in the Intensive Care Unit. Newman is commended for her patient-centered spirit, making positive first impressions, exceptional job performance, treating others as guests, continuous process improvements and teamwork. A peer who nominated her said: “She shows professionalism and respect to all patients she serves … Her vigilant concern contributes enormously to the patient’s outcome.”
 •Jessica Snelling, a pharmacy tech from Camdenton, works at Lake Regional Pharmacy – Osage Beach. Snelling is commended for treating others as guests, making positive first impressions, innovation and teamwork. A peer who nominated her said: “Jessica always keeps her smile and positive attitude, and she treats each patient like they are her only concern … allowing each customer to feel
special.”

 Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake region. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a two-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, urgent care, specialty and rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area.