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Linda Ryan honored as Oaklawn Hospital’s Employee of the Year

Linda Ryan honored as Oaklawn Hospital’s Employee of the Year


MARSHALL – Linda Ryan has received Oaklawn Hospital’s annual “Employee of the Year” award.


Ginger Williams, Oaklawn’s President and CEO, announced the award during a holiday gathering of hospital employees Tuesday evening.


Ryan, a 1976 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and a Battle Creek resident, is employed in the Oaklawn’s registration and emergency department.


A 12-year Oaklawn employee, she came to the hospital after 22 years at the former Battle Creek Health System as well as 20 years as a senior services instructor at Kellogg Community College.


“I’m very honored to work here,” a surprised Ryan told her fellow employees. “I’m very honored and very thankful. I’m a little overwhelmed.”


Williams said Ryan “alerts staff to any changes occurring in the waiting room, while remaining calm and assuring to our patients and families in crisis.” On one occasion, Williams related, Ryan even helped to deliver a baby during an emergency situation.


“That’s going over and above!” Williams said.


As recipient of the award, Ryan received a dozen red roses, an honorary pin, a monetary award and an engraved clock. Her name will be added to the Employee of the Year plaque in the hospital’s front lobby.


“Our employees of the year are always fabulous – among fabulous people,” Williams said. “This year is no exception. This is an employee who always goes above and beyond and always flies under the radar, never drawing attention to herself. But she is always there for patients and staff. She is a rock and a delight to work with.”


Ryan is the 37th recipient of the honor, which Oaklawn has bestowed since 1978. Last year’s award recipient was Joseph “Joe” Young, an employee in the hospital’s pharmacy.


The award announcement was the high point of Oaklawn’s annual holiday party for employees. Employees, family members and Oaklawn supporters gathered in the hospital lobby for the gathering, which featured a balloon sculptor, music, refreshments, drawings for prizes, discounts at Schuler’s restaurant, as well as holiday-related activities.


Children also could enjoy a private visit with Santa Claus and an assistant elf, who had volunteered their time especially for the event.