Magnolia Regional Health Center recently announced their 2010 Employee of the Year: Lisa Spencer.
Lisa has been working at MRHC for two years in the Dietary Department where she currently serves as a grill cook. Lisa enjoys this position because it enables her to meet new people every day and help them with their needs. “I have always enjoyed cooking. Each day I try to make extra things for everyone to eat and enjoy." The Employee of the Year is chosen from the 12 Employees of the Month nominated through the year. These individuals are chosen by their peers as the “star” employee who consistently meets and utilizes the customer service Standards of Behavior, as well as, promotes MRHC’s Mission, Vision and Values day-to-day.
Lisa has been described by her co-workers as being a “helper”, a “do a little more than you have to” employee and a “team leader.” Lisa consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty for the Dietary Department. Director of Food Services, Vanda Lee, recalls one such instance, “There is a little man whose wife comes and gets him a burger every week and Lisa draws him a sweet message and a smiley face on his to-go box. One week she was busy and forgot to draw on his box and the man’s wife just went on and on about how much he had missed his message from the hamburger lady at the grill. Needless to say, she never forgets his message now!”
No matter what crosses her path, Lisa is always upbeat and positive. According to Vanda Lee, “she comes to work every day with very few exceptions in a great, positive mood, ready to do her job. My favorite thing is that she knows how to cook everyone’s eggs in the morning because she’s done it so many times….she knows our cafeteria customers well.” As the grill cook, Lisa is responsible for all of the food served and cooked on the grill in the Magnolia Regional Health Center cafeteria.
When she is not working, Lisa enjoys camping, fishing, racing, cooking, working in her flower garden and spending time with her family. She has two children, Nick & Josh Malone, and five wonderful grandchildren, Vance, Dillan, Aiden, Brittany and Mia. Lisa grew up not far from MRHC in Marshtown and has enjoyed watching MRHC grow over the years.
When asked what she likes best about her job, Lisa replied, “My job at MRHC has brought me many new friends. It’s like having an extended family. My co-workers in Dietary are all great people.” She also commented that having excellent leadership from her CEO and department director, Vanda Lee, makes her job very pleasant.
Magnolia Regional Health Center also recognized other exceptional Employee of the Month award winners for 2010 and thanked them for their hard work and commitment to Magnolia Regional Health Center: Sherry Rogers, Jeanette Sullivan, Mae Gaines, Audie Patterson, Brenda Hopkins, Katrina Ramos, Amy Gray, Nathan Palmer, Bobby Holley, Linda Blassingame and Janet Lindsey.