From Illinois Business Journal news services
GRANITE CITY – Gary Sorenson has been named 2014 Employee of the Year for Gateway Regional Medical Center. The recognition is the highest honor a hospital employee can receive.
Employees are nominated for the award by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job. Sorenson was chosen from among 900 employees for the recognition.
“Each employee plays an important role in delivering quality care and creating the best possible experience for our patients,” said Ed Cunningham, chief executive officer. “Gary Sorenson exemplifies the best of who we are as healthcare providers through his dedication to our patients and the hospital. It is a pleasure to recognize Gary and celebrate the hard work of all our employees.”
Sorenson has worked at Gateway since September of 1971 where he started as a co-op student. Sorenson put in the hours working his way up through the system learning different trades. In September 2002 he was promoted to supervisor and has continued proved to be proven asset to this organization since.
“Working in health care is its own world. There are bits and pieces in every department, in every circumstance, that if not in working order, can have serious effects on patient safety,” said Sorenson. “Being a part of an organization whose single goal is to provide excellent patient care in a safe environment is a driving force in my career choice. I’m proud to be a member of Team Gateway and honored to be chosen for this award. There’s no doubt in my mind there were multiple qualified candidates throughout the hospital.”
Gateway Regional Medical Center is a 343-bed hospital with a 100-bed behavioral health unit. It is home to The Bone & Joint Center, has a medical staff of more than 150 physicians and provides emergency services, orthopedics, geriatric medicine, robotic surgery, therapy services, home health and hospice, occupational health, and women and newborn services.