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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Matt McPherson voted employee of the year


March 8, 2017

Tracie Mitchell

Washakie Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer LeGay Parks announces that respiratory therapist Matt McPherson has been voted as the employee of the year during a special luncheon at the hospital in Worland March 1.

WORLAND – On March 1, Banner Health Washakie Medical Center respiratory therapist Matt McPherson was surprised during the annual employee of the year luncheon to learn that he had been voted by his peers to be the 2016 employee of the year. The employee of the year receives a plaque with his picture on the wall of the hospital and a $150 gift certificate.

McPherson stated that when he first started at the hospital he saw the plaques and knew that earning employee of the year was a goal that he would strive for. He knew that he wanted to leave his mark by being the best that he could be. "When LeGay (Parks) stood near where I was sitting to announce the employee of the year, my heart was pounding, I couldn't believe that it was me. It's awesome," he added.

Washakie Medical Center Cardio-Pulmonary manager Rita Miller stated that McPherson definitely deserves to be employee of the year. She stated that he goes above and beyond the call of duty every day. She said recently McPherson took the time to speak to a young patient, who wasn't even on McPherson's caseload, about the patient's diagnosis and shared his own experiences with the patient to provide support and hope.

According to Washakie Medical Center Executive Assistant Sheri Averett, an employee must receive the employee of the month award prior to being chosen as the employee of the year. They must demonstrate the Banner Behaviors of compassion, respect, be responsive, promote teamwork, foster cross-departmental coordination, communicate effectively, be proactive, be resourceful, be safe and reliable, share knowledge, continue to learn, be accountable and performance driven.

McPherson doesn't consider working for Washakie Medical Center as work. He enjoys his job and looks forward to going to work every day. He stated that he loves the fact that with his calling he sees patients from day one, at their worst, and gets to see their daily progression until the patient can go home. Seeing first-hand how every department works together for the patients good. "When I chose this career, I chose it because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives," he said.

"Washakie Medical Center has allowed me to grow tremendously and I am doing things that I never expected to do and I am lucky to be able to work here," McPherson said.


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