ALAMOSA — Twenty-five years ago, Janet McGinnis started working at San Luis Valley Health. This year, she was honored, along with 78 other employees, who together have logged a total of 760 years of service with the healthcare organization with a special Years of Service celebration.
“It doesn’t seem possible it can be 25 years already,” said McGinnis. “When I first started, I pretty much knew everyone that worked here. Today, we have way too many employees to know everyone, but it still feels like a close-knit family.”
The event on Thursday, Feb. 11, looked different than in years past, because of the recent epidemic restrictions. Instead of a large banquet, this year the organization honored its employees with a small, private and socially distanced ceremony held in the second-floor ARTrium. Employees achieving service milestones received awards for their service as well as gift cards to their favorite local eatery.
“As resilient, understanding, and innovative the SLVH team has been this past year, we are committed to identifying ways to acknowledge them and communicate how thankful we all are for their commitment, the great work they accomplish every day and the service they provide to SLVH staff, leadership, and our community,” said Konnie Martin, Chief Executive Officer for SLV Health. “We know that the heart of this organization lies with each employee’s dedication to service and commitment, and we would not be able to accomplish our vision and mission without them.”
The employees were honored in five-year milestone increments. This year, 39 employees celebrated 5 years, 19 employees celebrated 10 years and 12 employees celebrated 15 years. Six employees were honored for reaching their 20 year milestone: Amy Oaks, Tandra Dunn, Alan Newby, Cindy Jackson, Stephanie Quintana and Karen Christensen. Three employees reached their 25-year anniversary: Conejos County Hospital Purchasing Buyer Terri Lucero; Director of Radiology Janet McGinnis and Registered Nurse Anna Montoya.
“This is the main thing about SLV Health: We are family,” said McGinnis, recalling a life-changing event that happened to her and her family this year, and how the SLV Health employees were there. “I will forever remember the kindness and generosity shown to our family during this stressful time. We help each other, support and lift each other up.”