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WMC staff members honored in National Hospital Week


May 23, 2017

WORLAND – Recently, the staff at Washakie Medical Center celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week May 6-12. This gave WMC the opportunity to say thank you to its 114 hospital employees. It was a week of special recognition activities for the hard work and dedication our health care team demonstrates every day.

On May 9, Washakie Medical Center presented annual awards to the following staff members at Washakie Medical Center.

Les Snyder, registered nurse (RN), was named Nurse of the Year. Snyder provides great patient care, collaborating on appropriate plans of care for all patients. He communicates effectively and shares his vast knowledge with new nurses as a mentor, according to a WMC press release.

Julie Stott, RN, received a Contribution to the Patient award. Stott practices nursing with competency, compassion and practical intelligence and has expanded her skills to work in multiple areas of the hospital helping out in any way she can.

Brandy Kottman, RN, MSN, received the Contribution to the Profession award. Kottman continued her education to receive a master’s degree in nursing. At the same time she shared her knowledge with others in the role of house educator.

Keith Van Brunt, RN, received the Contribution to Society award. Van Brunt organizes an annual fundraiser to provide financial help to cancer patients and raise awareness of the physical, emotional and financial trials that cancer patients face.

Lisa Gomez, RN, received the Contribution to Nursing Leadership award. Gomez has led her team through the opening of a new surgical unit. In addition, she seeks opportunities to continually improve and expand the services offered to the community.

Lexi Haun received the Friend of Nursing award. Haun helps by looking for ways to ease the workload on nurses and taking on new tasks when the department is busy.


Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 28 hospitals in six states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents.


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