Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center holds Employee Recognition Program
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8:15 am

Chet Truskowski, chairperson of the Claxton-Hepburn board of directors, with Cecil Barr, Michael Wheeler, Megan Hunter, and Claxton-Hepburn President and CEO Nate Howell.

OGDENSBURG – Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s new employee recognition program, “Claxton Defenders,” is using characteristics in employees such as “brawler,” “renegade,” and “warrior” to define workers they believe ensure the best care.

In a recent awards ceremony, three employees were cited for their steadfastness in providing care.

Megan Hunter, RN, who works in obstetrics, is a brawler who effectively manages challenge and hardship, is strong and confident, and empowers others, the award announcement said. She has worked at Claxton-Hepburn since 2007. She is described as a hard-working team player who goes above and beyond to help her co-workers. She promotes teamwork and excels with great patient care. Her sense of humor is unique, and during stressful times, she displays strong emotional control, the announcement said.

The employee recognized as a renegade is Michael Wheeler, lead mechanic and supervisor of the facilities management department. He is a troubleshooter and problem solver, an innovator, and continuously seeks improvement. He has been employed at Claxton-Hepburn since 1991. He is a “knowledgeable, dedicated, hardworking teammate who is committed to the Medical Center and our customers,” the announcement said. He is “friendly, has an even temperament and understands what genuine customer service is. He looks at opportunity and change as positive and learning experiences.”

A Warrior is a team player; is fully engaged in their role; and dependable and has the power to endure.

The employee recognized as a warrior is Cecil Barr, parking attendant and greeter. He has worked at Claxton-Hepburn since 2004. He is “an asset to both the Medical Center and the community. He is complimented by patients and staff as always going above and beyond and putting safety first. No matter the weather, Cecil still keeps his sunny, cheerful, and courteous disposition whether his parking a vehicle or assisting someone crossing the street,” the announcement said.

Each winner received flowers, a recognition certificate, gift cards, a special parking space, and lunch with CEO Nate Howell at a restaurant of their choice.