Regional Hospital of Scranton Names Employees of the Year
Three employees of Regional Hospital of Scranton are being honored as top employees of the year. They are Employee of the Year Patricia Slusser, RN, intensive care unit (ICU); Clinical Manager of the Year Gordon Travis, RNFA, BSN, director of surgical services; and Non-Clinical Manager of the Year Gerald J. Korea, executive director of information technology.
Employee of the Year Patricia Slusser has worked at Regional since 1997. She was nominated by ICU Nurse Manager Maureen Kane who says that she is a strong resource for the department and the hospital. "Tricia stands out because she is an extremely compassionate, caring, and knowledgeable ICU/CCU nurse. She is a patient advocate who works well with others. Physicians and staff respect her judgment and decisions and patients compliment her caring nature," Ms. Kane says.
Ms. Slusser was also nominated for outstanding nurse in 2011. According to Ms. Kane, she has volunteered for ICU subcommittees to enhance patient care and policies. She also mentors new nurses.
"Every day, I know that what I do will make a difference in the lives of my patients and their families during a time that is incredibly frightening and overwhelming," Ms. Slusser says. "Even though my job is intense and at times stressful, I would never trade it for anything else. I know when my shift is over, I have helped my patient, supported a family member, and passed along some of my knowledge to a newer nurse," she explains.
Ms. Slusser lives in Yatesville with her husband Shawn and their infant daughter, Mia.
Clinical Manager of the Year Gordon Travis has worked at Regional since 1986. He was nominated by Patricia Dei Tos, chief nursing officer, who notes that since Gordon began to manage surgical services in 2008 he has created an atmosphere of mutual respect and developed a first-rate staff where clinical competency and compassion are highly valued.
"This is what makes this OR the place surgeons like to work and enables them to give quality surgical care," Ms. Dei Tos says. "Gordon is constantly working to improve, is confident and gives 100 percent to any assignment. His staff, as well as his superiors, know that he is someone they can count on ¬– whether it's scrubbing in for surgery, completing a budget, or giving flu shots."
"I love the interaction I have every day with nursing staff, surgeons, and the patients," Mr. Travis says. "Being able to solve problems is the best part of my day. Not all problems can be solved, but the ones that do make it a better day for me."
He says his "true (career) love" is surgical services. "There is no better feeling than the satisfaction you get from knowing you helped a patient get better," he explains.
Mr. Travis was also nominated for outstanding nurse in 2011. He is chair of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Core Measures Committee, Value Analysis Committee and Patient Safety Committee. He also serves as a youth soccer coach in his Archibald community. Mr. Travis and his wife Rosemary, have three children, Kristin, Erin, and Daniel.
Gerald (Jerry) Korea worked for Regional from 1997 - 2008 and was rehired in 2010 as executive director of information technology. He manages the day-to-day operations of the information technology department and the telecommunications department.
Mr. Korea was challenged to complete multiple information technology conversions with the hospital ownership change in 2011. He completed the IT cutover in four months while also maintaining daily operations. This was a challenging task as it required satisfying multiple stakeholders with sometimes competing goals. His technical knowledge, experience and professionalism have been described as exceptional.
On a daily basis, Mr. Korea strives to motivate staff, colleagues and senior leadership. Members of his staff remark that he is respected by all. Mr. Korea says that his work gives him the ability to provide others with the technology they need to do their jobs better. He lives in Duryea with his wife Kelly and their children Marissa and Mark.