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Cardinal Glennon is blessed with so many exceptional employees who work hard to care for our patients, and a recent event celebrated a number of employees who make an impact on patients.

The Exceptional Service Performance Awards held at the Renaissance Downtown also recognized employees who have celebrated employment milestones at SSM Health Care.

Mark Rellergert of Central Distribution and Bertha Zackary of the Emergency Department were honored for 40 years of service with SSM Health Care. Elaine Mastin of the Cardiology department was recognized for 45 years of service.

The event was an opportunity to honor individuals and teams who have excelled in the areas of Patient Care, Commitment, Innovation and Financial Performance.

In the field of Exceptional Patient Care, Jill Kelly from the TCU received the individual award for a phenomenal commitment to patient safety that led to more than 10 great catches in 2011 alone. The Resource/Special Procedure Team won the team category for their proactive work addressing issues with PICC lines.

For Exceptional Commitment, Linda Hoefflin from Sterile Processing was recognized for her compassionate care and willingness to step in at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center when help was needed. The team award was given to the Infection Reduction Team for their aggressive work in reducing infections in the NICU.

In the category of Exceptional Financial Performance, Chris Longtin from Central Service was honored for his hard work in reducing supply costs and streamlining inventory. The Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation won the Team Award for their fresh look at the Glennon Sunday campaign.

For Exceptional Innovation, Becky Chambers from TCU received the individual award for tweaking the discharge process to increase patient satisfaction in the TCU. The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute won the Team Award for their innovative ExIT procedure, a rare surgery that can save the lives of babies with life-threatening problems at birth.

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