Employee recognition is a major component of the culture at Crouse Hospital, and one of the most popular traditions at the hospital is the Employee Recognition Picnic, held each year in early May, just before the start of National Hospital Week.
The Crouse picnic is a much-anticipated, festive event that features traditional picnic fare — hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, fruit salad and ice cream — served by members of the hospital’s leadership team alongside guest servers from the community, including elected officials, business leaders and local media representatives. Each employee also receives a gift, this year a sporty backback with (what else) the Crouse logo.
Today guest servers from WSYR-TV9 included Rod Wood, Chris Brandolino and Dan Cummings. Elected officials who came on board to help out were Sen. Dave Valesky; Sen. John DeFrancisco; Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli; and Mayor Stephanie Miner. Additional servers were 93Q’s Ted & Amy; Jim Mulder from the Post-Standard; Michele Johnson, president of the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary; Wayne Mahar and Matt Mulcahy from CNY Central; Mel Stith, just-retired dean of the Whitman School and president of the Crouse Health Foundation’s board of trustees; Richard Russell, a member of the Crouse Hospital Board; and community civic and business leader Bob Miron, also a Crouse board member.
During Employee Recognition Week, Crouse also recognizes those employees who’ve reached five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service during a reception open to all at the hospital. Retired and current employees who’ve become members of the hospital’s 25-Year Club are treated to a reception and dinner at the Doubletree Inn, held last evening.
A most visible sign of the hospital’s appreciation comes in the form of lighting Crouse’s iconic clock tower in teal, the hospital’s official color, last night and again this evening. Speaking of the 2,700 employees and the landmark clock tower, Human Resources Director John Bergemann said, “Our employees do us proud, while our historic tower stands proud.”
Crouse Hospital is the seventh largest employer in Central New York and has been honored nationally and locally for its employee relations and cultural transformation. It remains the only hospital to be awarded the prestigious national Optimas Award for General Excellence, in 2008, by Workforce magazine.
Also that year, Crouse received the Employer of Distinction Award from the CNY Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. In 2006, the CNY Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management presented Crouse with two awards: its Employer of Choice Award for being committed to excellence in all areas by meeting and exceeding the expectations of our employees and by building a dynamic work environment where all are valued and respected, and the Best Practice Award for Labor/Employee Relations for establishing and maintaining a program of open and honest communications among staff and union membership.
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