3rd Annual GEFCC SPIRIT Day and Winners of SPIRIT of Excellence Awards Announced

Although our minds continue to be preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 22nd, 2020 Greater Elgin Family Care Center took some time to celebrate our employees for their excellence, commitment and dedication to our mission during our 3rd Annual GEFCC SPIRIT Day.

This year our SPIRIT Day looked a bit different from those in the past. However, it was still a special day for our team, celebrating each other and enjoying a delicious socially distanced lunch at each of our 9 Community Health Centers. While we missed celebrating via a family picnic as GEFCC has done in past years, many of our employees enjoyed our temperature-regulated lunchrooms – and we didn’t have to worry about heavy rain ruining the fun!

During our celebration, the winners of GEFCC’s employee recognition program, SPIRIT of Excellence, were announced and introduced by members of GEFCC’s SPIRIT of Excellence Committee. A brief program took place at GEFCC’s Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic, which was live streamed to all GEFCC Health Centers, where our colleagues also joined in the celebration and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Our SPIRIT of Excellence program offers GEFCC patients and staff an opportunity to nominate GEFCC employees who have made a positive difference and who have demonstrated one or more of GEFCC’s organizational values: Mission, Reputation, Quality, Leadership, Communication and Teamwork.

During the SPIRIT Day celebration, GEFCC’s President and CEO, Bob Tanner, congratulated this year’s winners and thanked staff for their work as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. He reiterated to them that they are the reason why GEFCC continues to provide excellent quality and affordable health care services in all the communities we serve, and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

Please read below to learn more about why this year’s Award winners are GEFCC’s Top Performers, including a notation from one of the many nominations each received.

GEFCC 2019-2020 SPIRIT of Excellence Winners:

Patient Liaison – Yiseli Dominguez, Receptionist
“During this stressful time, she took the time to write a note of encouragement for our staff. She demonstrates great teamwork for all our staff. Keep it up!”

Care Partner – Ana Rodriguez Caracheo, Certified Medical Assistant
“She has been my backbone for the last several years. She continues to grow and build her pediatric knowledge. Her compassion and dedication show in her patient care. My patients ask about her when she is not here. Parents let me know how efficient she is and the care she shows all patients. She continues to make sure that I meet my Medicare requirements for each patient.”

Practitioner – Dr. Kiran Ali, Pediatrician
“Her passion and genuine concern to provide high quality care to our patients is very appreciated. She has a wealth of information. She is kind, patient and has been a wonderful mentor. I truly appreciate her dedication to our patients, and their families. For that she truly gives an understanding to the mission of GEFCC. I am fortunate to work alongside her. Thank you!”

Organizational Support – Nicole O’Grady, Clinical Operations Manager
“She is awesome! It has been great to have a someone that is passionate, caring and an overall Team Player! I know that if I need help with anything or something needs to be done, I can go to her. I know she’ll get the job done!”

From left to right: Bob Tanner, Yiseli Dominguez, Ana Rodriguez Caracheo, Olha Mendyuk (representing Dr. Ali, who was unable to attend), Nicole O’Grady.

Congratulations to our SPIRIT of Excellence Award winners. And thank you to the entire GEFCC Team for their enduring commitment to excellence in health care!