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2021 VIA winners honored during online ceremony

Each winner was introduced along with the testimonials that got them nominated during a live, online presentation.

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Twenty-one years ago, a team of 100 Asante leaders engaged more than 1,100 employees to determine what would be our organization’s values.

On Nov. 2, five employees from across the health system were honored for their representation of those values: excellence, respect, honesty, service and teamwork.

During a live, online presentation attended by Asante leaders, board members, and family members of the recipients, each winner was introduced along with the testimonials that got them nominated.

This year’s winners are:

Clifford Brown, a nutrition services coordinator at ARRMC. Cliff was introduced by his manager, Nicole Morgan, who said Cliff keeps everyone motivated no matter what’s happening. He has a big heart, a wide array of skills that help the department, and has been known to cook just one dinner for one patient to make sure they’re well fed.

Cliff said, “This is a humbling award. Before I was a coordinator, I was a cook. I feel blessed to have started from the bottom and worked my way up.”

Debbie Daggett, a development officer for Asante Foundation, was introduced by her manager, Andrea Reeder, who says Debbie’s compassion for others has always been a part of who she is. Debbie worked with Human Resources to implement the employee emergency and compassion fund for those who were affected by 2020 fires and pandemic.

Debbie has worked for Asante for 29 years. “I was one of Scott Kelly’s first employees! This award is very humbling,” she said. One of her daughters, Jess, added that her kids and grandkids are so proud of what she does for her coworkers, community and family.

Jason Dimmick, an ICU supervisor at ATRMC was introduced by his manager, Jenna Williams. Jason has been with Asante 10 years, mostly as an ICU charge nurse. Jenna says Jason’s compassion for patients is  evident and at the forefront of all his actions. She noted that Jason has spent more than 80 hours a week at times to make sure everyone was fed, hydrated, got breaks and filled in where needed.

“As a leader, I shouldn’t ask anyone to work harder than I’m willing to work myself, helping as much as possible,” Jason said. He thanked his wife for her support during this challenging time.

Sharon Franklin, a monitor technician at AACH General Medicine, was introduced by her manager, Brianne Poland, who says Sharon is the hub and the glue of the department and makes it look so easy. She commended Sharon for being highly skilled, strategic, thorough and an advocate for patients.

Sharon began her career at Asante in 2004 and said, “I work with so many great people.” AACH administrator Dr. Steven Hersch added, “Whenever Sharon is at the desk, she is incredibly helpful.”

Angela Lango, a registered nurse in obstetrics at AACH, was introduced by manager Gina Tuggle. “She is our Florence Nightingale,” Gina said. After 24 years as a labor and delivery nurse, when COVID hit, Angie took it upon herself to offer her services in the Med/Surg unit. Patients have said that having Angie by their bedside is like being taken care of by their mom or best friend.

Through heartfelt tears, Angie shared her reasons for being a nurse. “When I look back in 10 years, I want to know that I did what I could to help. I’ve enjoyed working on other floors, meeting new people and learning new things. Thank you for the recognition, not just for me, but for everyone who has pulled together to get us through this past year and a half. I’m very grateful and humbled that so many people have stepped up during this time.”

Annual VIA winners received a charcutier box, flowers, badge backer, gift card and crystal award. Each person was nominated by their peers, and a panel of leaders and employees selected the final winners.

Watch for profiles of each winner in future Asante News.

VIA fun facts
  • More than 11,000 VIAs were submitted in 2021.
  • More than 150,000 blueberries have been issued since the program started in 2000.

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