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Bartlett Regional Hospital Announces Fireweed Award Recipients

Community news | Thursday, January 12, 2023

Contact: Erin Hardin

Bartlett Regional Hospital (BRH) is pleased to announce the second round of Fireweed Award recipients for their exceptional care and service to the community.

29 nominations were submitted this quarter and four employees were randomly selected for hospital wide recognition:

Anna Mae Yadao (Yah-DOW) is a Patient Access Assistant who was nominated by a patient’s family member for her outstanding performance greeting and assisting individuals as they enter the hospital. “A good receptionist is most often overlooked. Anna Mae recognizes me every time I bring my father-in-law for physical therapy. She quickly gets us through the screening procedures and offers a transport chair.”

Sara Gress is a Perinatal Educator and Lactation Consultant who was nominated by a patient for her amazing work supporting young families in Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Sara balances her time “teaching and supporting moms to feed their babies and facilitating baby and toddler groups where family’s feel comfortable and welcomed to come together. She identified where support was lacking and created a group to help with pregnancy and infant loss, a group to help families get through the struggles of parenting, and a group to help heal from traumatic birth.”

Luke McCarthy-Jones is a Behavioral Health Technician who was nominated by a colleague for his exceptional care with a challenging adolescent patient. Luke “was always warm, calm, interactive, supportive, and age appropriate. He had appropriate behavioral expectations and boundaries, communicated those expectations calmly and clearly, and the patient respected them because of the rapport and trust that he cultivated.”

Pelili Leha (Puh-lee-lee LAY-ha) is an Environmental Services Technician who was nominated by four different colleagues for going above and beyond with his care for the cleanliness of BRH. One colleague shared that “Although Pelili works behind the scenes, he makes a huge impact on the day to day operations of the hospital. I really feel like Pelili is what makes BRH a great place to work.”

A celebration event was held on campus and each recipient received a recognition pin, a gift card courtesy of the BRH Foundation, and a designated parking spot for the quarter.

Nominations for next quarter are currently being accepted. To submit a nomination, visit Continuing sponsorship for this award is provided by the BRH Foundation.