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Published on November 21, 2016

UHS honors 317 at 35th Service Awards Dinner

The ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton was the setting Nov. 18 when 87 recent retirees and 230 milestone employees were honored at the 35th annual UHS Employee Service Awards Dinner.

More than 400 people in total attended this year’s event, which drew honorees and their guests from throughout the UHS healthcare system.
UHS honors 317 at 35th Service Awards Dinner

One retiree, Carol Irwin, RN, Inpatient Addiction Treatment Program, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, was recognized for 50 years of service, and another, Anna Tucci, Housekeeper, Environmental Services, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, was honored for 49 years.

Members of the UHS senior team gave service pins to the retirees and to the milestone employees – those who reached 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service during 2016.

In delivering the keynote address, Matthew J. Salanger, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of UHS, praised the longtime staff members for “standing firm, standing together and changing lives for the better.”

“We recognize the extraordinary commitment that you’ve brought to the UHS family, and celebrate the way you’re a reflection of the loyalty, energy and dedication that distinguishes our organization as a family of caregivers,” he said.

Mr. Salanger noted that, while much has changed in the healthcare field and at UHS over the past half-century, the basic principles of quality care still apply.

“We have seen more high-tech diagnostic and surgical capabilities, better medications and therapeutic options, and more advanced information capabilities and interconnectivity,” he said. “But throughout the years, it has always been the dedication, knowledge, skill and compassion of our team that have remained constant.”

The current group of honorees has provided 8,404 years of combined service to UHS and the patients it serves, said Michael McNally, vice president for Human Resources at UHS, master of ceremonies at the event.

“They and their colleagues represent the finest qualities of our community, and it’s because of them that UHS is the premier healthcare system in the Southern Tier,” he said.

  • Honored for service <br>
UHS lauded 317 retirees and milestone employees Nov. 18 at the 35th annual Employee Service Awards Dinner in downtown Binghamton.  Honorees included longtime team members Anna Tucci of UHS Binghamton General and Carol Irwin of UHS Delaware Valley.  From left:  Paul Summers, president and CEO, UHS Delaware Valley; Mike McNally, vice president, Human Resources, UHS; Ms. Tucci, retiring with 49 years of service; Matt Salanger, president and CEO, UHS; Ms. Irwin, retiring with 50 years of service.
  • Celebration <br>
UHS employees with 20 to 45 years of service, as well as those retiring this year, celebrated their milestone service anniversaries at the annual awards dinner, held this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
  • Showing appreciation <br>
A number of employees showed their appreciation to their longtime colleagues by decorating their tables with balloons and confetti at the 35 annual awards celebration hosted by UHS.
  • A happy occasion <br>
UHS employees were all smiles Nov. 18 when UHS hosted the 35th annual Employee Service Awards Dinner.  More than 400 staff members and their guests attended the event in the DoubleTree by Hilton ballroom.
  • Lauded for service<br> 
With service-year pins handed out to 317 people Nov. 18, members of the UHS senior team thanked veteran employees for their steadfast service of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service, and congratulated this year's 87 retirees.