On Friday, Feb. 12, five Northern Arizona Healthcare employees and volunteers were recognized at the United Blood Service Hero Award Ceremony in Phoenix.
Mary Hostetler, Flagstaff Medical Center volunteer; Monique McCartney, FMC Education office supervisor; Kim Angelo, FMC Facilities Services buyer; Laura Curtiss, Verde Valley Medical Center volunteer; and Lois Takach, VVMC volunteer, were awarded the Hero Award and the Valentines for Life Award.
Hero Awards are presented to organizations who go beyond the minimum to set the standards for others to follow. It is the most difficult award to earn and the most prestigious. More than 1,100 organizations hosted blood drives in Arizona in 2015, and fewer than 30 of them received the Hero Award.
United Blood Services created the Valentines for Life Awards program to recognize blood drive coordinators for their lifesaving efforts. During the year, coordinators work toward a goal of receiving a platinum, gold, silver or bronze award. The awards are based on a group’s size and the percent of participation of their members.
Ann Bollone, NAH vice president of Human Resources, presented the Hero Award to Hostetler, McCartney and Angelo during the award ceremony. Takach and Curtis were unable to attend.
"I am touched by this team's service and appreciate all employees who donate not only their time but blood to help community members in need." - Ann Bollone, NAH vice president of Human Resources