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UVMC Recognized Employees’ Years of Service

Mike Dunker Honored as Employee of the Year

During UVMC’s 2008 Employee Recognition Dinner held at A Learning Place in Piqua on May 7, Mike Dunker, RN, BSN, was honored as Employee of the Year, and 246 employees were recognized for continuous years of service. Dunker said he chose nursing because he wanted to help people.
"I saw nursing as a way to do this. There are many opportunities in nursing to help people."
He has been helping people at UVMC since December 2000, when Dunker became a nurse at Dettmer, to work in Adult Mental Health. The graduate of Sinclair College and Capital University said he enjoys nursing and enjoys working in mental health.
"The team I work with, the staff, they are super people to work with," said Dunker. From the staff’s perspective, Dunker is "always very caring towards co-workers and patients. He always goes above and beyond duties when it comes to teamwork and patient care. He is always willing to take on new challenges and learn new things. It’s just nice having someone to work with who always tries to make things better."
UVMC recognized Connie Christian for 40 years of service. Four employees, Nancy Ernst, Carletta Gritzmaker, Linda Ritter and Diana Shellenberger, were recognized for completing 35 consecutive years of service, and 15 employees, Mary Bachman, Carol Brooks, Nancy Brumbaugh, Dee Dee Cain, Missy Long, Janet Low, Janet Mullins, Vicki Petry, Beverly Plantz, Mona Seebach, Connie Strawser, Kimberly Stump, Kathleen Tobe, Dixie Warner and Diana Wiltheiss, for 30 years.
The 26 employees honored for 25 years  included Mary Jo Brewer, Larry Cantrell, Sherri Colby, Pam Fashner, Wanda Glenn, Benita Griffieth, Patricia Helman, Pamela Hobbs, Deborah Huelskamp, Lora Kingham, Barbara Mangen, Margie Meyer, Barbara Monnin, Ruth Oldiges, Cyndie O’Neal, Jane Pierce, Kim Riley, Lynn Salmon, Theresa Saunders-Jackson, Sherri Shelley, JoAnn Staten, Anita Stern, Lea Ann Stevens, Stephanie Stoner, Pamela Strack and Ellie Thieman.
Forty-one employees were recognized for 20 years of service; 31 employees, 15 years; 62 employees, 10 years; and 66 employees were honored for five years of service.