Warren State Hospital has received the state Department of Public Welfare's Quarterly Excellence in Service Award for the care provided to an individual receiving services during the second quarter of this year.
The award recognizes employees and teams for outstanding work-related performance and was presented to the Warren State Hospital Multi-Disciplinary Team for Individuals with Intellectual Disability, the Israel Building Special Care Nursing Team, Mona Rosequist, Therapeutic Recreation, and Warren State Hospital Maintenance Staff.
Warren State Hospital Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Uber said the award was given in late September by Philip Mader, DPW Bureau Director of Community and Hospital Operations for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Gretchen Hathaway, clinical nurse specialist for OMHSAS.
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Warren State Hospital was awarded the Department of Public Welfare’s Quarterly Excellence in Service award in September. Pictured, back row, from left, Philip Mader, director of the Bureau of Community and Hospital Operations, DPW; Shane Stanley, registered nurse supervisor; Tammara Trubic, nurse manager; and Charlotte Uber, WSH CEO; and front row, from left, Jessica Stanley, Marlene Davidson; Judy Giffi, WSH chief nurse executive; and Gretchen Hathaway, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.
"It was great to have the leadership of the Office of Mental Health and Substance abuse come to Warren to recognize the efforts of our staff. We also took a minute to thank and recognize Phil and Gretchen for their support. They made personal visits to help prepare staff and made sure we had the resources we needed to give this individual every opportunity for success," Uber said. "We have literally seen a huge transformation in the progress of this individual thanks to the efforts of everyone involved."
According to Uber, the award was given to WSH in recognition of the "excellent quality of care and teamwork that was demonstrated in providing for the needs of an individual with unique challenges."
Uber said she was not able to elaborate on the circumstance due to confidentiality, but was able to say WSH staff "went above and beyond to improve the quality of life for this individual.
"This type of dedication and teamwork occurs every day at WSH to support individuals in their mental health recovery," Uber said.
The award is a first for WSH and reflects the work with one patient during the second quarter of 2012.
"Our nursing team is unique because they have specialized nursing skills that promote a therapeutic and holistic approach to our individuals in recover," Chief Nurse Executive Judy Giffi said.