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Wendy Lamboley, inpatient physical therapy coordinator at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru poses with George Buckman, hospital board member. Lamboley received the 2014 Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award.
A physical therapist credited with helping joint replacement surgery patients recover more quickly so they don’t have to spend more time than needed in the hospital is the winner of the 2014 Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. Wendy Lamboley is the inpatient physical therapy coordinator at IVCH. “She always goes above and beyond when working with our orthopedic patients. Her attention to detail and willingness to stay late if need be is one reason we have been able to cut our patient length of stay down,” said a nomination from Cathy Renk, a physician assistant with the Illinois Valley Orthopedics medical practice. “Wendy is a true professional in every sense of the word,” read a nomination from Michelle Salas, coordinator of The Joint Replacement Center at IVCH. “She treats patients with respect and the patience of a saint. She has an upbeat attitude that carries through her work with patients and fellow co-workers.” A resident of Oglesby, Lamboley has been employed at IVCH for 23 years. Any IVCH employee may nominate any other employee for the Buckman Award, which was established in 1994 by the George Buckman family of Spring Valley. Buckman is a member of the IVCH board of directors and the IVCH Foundation board of directors. His wife, Elaine, is also a member of the IVCH Foundation board. The non-employee members of the IVCH Foundation board select the winner of the award each year from the field of candidates nominated by IVCH employees. Thirteen nominations were submitted this year. Lamboley is the 21st recipient of the Buckman award. Other 2014 finalists, listed in alphabetical order, include: n Jackie Barr, IVCH volunteer and transportation services coordinator, who also manages the hospital’s gift shop and provides assistance to the public relations department. Barr is responsible for so many things in each of her areas of responsibility at IVCH and she carries out these responsibilities with grace,” said a nomination from Karen Gillan. n Social worker Jana Callahan was nominated by patient representative Deborah Puetz. “She works tirelessly to get what the patient needs, making numerous calls to arrange nursing home placements, transportation, home health referrals, etc,” wrote Puetz. n Joan Fernandez, community outreach coordinator, was nominated by Gene Vogelgesang, IVCH public relations director. “No one puts in more time outside of regular working hours than Joan in being the face of our hospital at public events and meetings,” said Vogelgesang. n Jennifer Koyak, a nurse for Illinois Valley Hospice, the IVCH department that cares for terminally ill patients in their homes. “She understands that every hospice patient’s needs are different and she strives to make them comfortable and as peaceful as she possibly can. I would not think twice about entrusting my family members into her care,” said a nomination from Lisa Casford, Illinois Valley Hospice spiritual care coordinator.
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