Each year, employees of Heritage Ministries nominate other outstanding workers at each Heritage location who demonstrate dedicated customer service and commitment to the mission of the non-for-profit organization - promoting hope, dignity, and purposeful living. David Smeltzer, Executive Director, recently presented awards to Heritage Ministries' 2012 Employees of the Year. Among this year's honorees were Rickey Walters, LPN at Heritage Park Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Jamestown; Ella Putt, activity attendant at Heritage Green Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Greenhurst; Teresa Sheldon, resident care attendant at Bergquist Memorial Assisted Living in Gerry; and Karen Goodwin, unit secretary at Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Inc. in Gerry.
"As an organization, we are focused on becoming the employer and provider of choice," Smeltzer said. "We place a great emphasis on customer service. Rickey, Ella, Teresa and Karen have continually gone above and beyond their job duties to provide excellent customer service. They hold our residents and their family members in the highest regard and serve them faithfully on a daily basis with care and compassion. They truly epitomize our mission of promoting hope, dignity, and purposeful living on a daily basis."
The 2012 honorees were asked to explain why they love their work.
Pictured from left is Rickey Walters, Karen Goodwin, David Smeltzer, Teresa Sheldon and Ella Putt, Heritage Ministries’ employees of the year for 2012.
"I enjoy working at Heritage Green because it gives me an opportunity to brighten the days of our residents. I feel my smile and caring attitude have a positive effect on the people around me," Putt said.
"I work at Heritage Park because it allows me to help others and improve the lives of our residents. It also allows me to do my part in carrying out our mission statement of promoting hope, dignity, and purposeful living," Walters said.
"Bergquist Memorial is my family. I enjoy the residents and the people I work with. It brings me great joy to bring a smile to a resident's face and make them laugh," Sheldon added.
"I joined Heritage Village in 1998 to enrich my life by learning from our truly amazing residents. I remain in hope that I can continue to bring joy into their lives," Goodwin said.
This year's recipients were announced at facility-specific events where the honored employees received awards such as a bonus check, gift certificate, and preferred parking. As the eighth largest employer in Chautauqua County, Heritage Ministries employs over 750 people who possess a wide variety of educational and professional experiences. This includes careers related to the provision of rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, retirement housing, and assisted living.
Heritage Ministries is currently hiring committed and customer service driven individuals to fulfill their mission of promoting hope, dignity, and purposeful living. To apply online, please visit the Heritage Ministries web site at www.heritage1886.org and click on Join our team or call (716)487-6800 to request an application.