This year’s Hearts and Hands award recipients at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls are Jeff Sabinash and Joan Hinch. Pictured, from left, are Board Vice Chairman John Archocosky, Board Members Ben Smith, Sabinash, Hinch, Board Chairman Bill Leonoff and ICMCF Administrator Chester Pintarelli. (ICMCF photo)CRYSTAL FALLS—All 321 employees of the Iron County Medical Care Facility were invited to join in the celebration and recognition of the coveted Hearts and Hands Awards winners at this year’s 23rd annual event.
The years’ theme, a Hawaiian luau, brought staff adorned in grass skirts, tropical prints and festive colors out to celebrate the special event.
Attendees enjoyed delicious food, fabulous decorations, fun fellowship and, most of all, a memorable night honoring employees for their continued years of service and the special honorees for their dedication and hard work.
The annual Hearts and Hands awards are given out to a person from the nursing staff and a person from the non-nursing staff who go above and beyond what is required of them in their daily duties.
The process to choose the most commendable staff begins each year with the opportunity for all employees to submit nominations.
Once the nominations are gathered, a committee is formed and those on the committee select the two employees who are the most deserving.
Each winner received a plaque, a special parking space and a weekend stay at the Country Inn and Suites in Green Bay, Wis.
This year’s winners have several things in common.
Each of them were nominated and chosen because of their unselfishness, care, concern and compassion for their coworkers and the residents, and their true aspiration to meet and exceed the residents’ requests or desires.
Jeff Sabinash, a long-time employee who works as a vital member of the facilities kitchen staff, was the recipient of the non-nursing award.
According to Administrator, Chester Pintarelli, Sabinash is, “respectful of his co-workers, other staff members, and most importantly the residents. He will often be late or miss break in order to accommodate a resident’s last minute request, making sure the resident is happy.
“In the winter, he makes sure all of his coworkers make it out of the parking lot okay before he leaves, and if they have car trouble he stays and assists in any way possible. He goes above and beyond every shift.”
The winner of this year’s nursing award, Joan Hinch, is deserving of the prestigious award because she is, according to Pintarelli, “always a positive, happy person when she comes to work and when she leaves work. She will be sure if someone wants a special TV program or a special meal, that they get it.
“She always picks up little extra things for the residents on her own, and expects nothing in return. She is a team player, willing to help and get the job done, and always has in mind what is best for the residents, which is the reason we are all here.”
With a facility as large as the Iron County Medical Care Facility, it takes many hands and many hearts to make things run as smoothly as they do, said Pintarelli.
“Our facility is blessed to have so many caring and compassionate individuals on staff who truly have the residents in mind every single day. Approximately 60 percent of our staff has given us at least five years of service, which is phenomenal. Their extraordinary talents, dedication, and passion for what they do and the residents they serve is certainly something to be celebrated.”