A night of gratitude: Employees earn recognition at annual Service Awards

November 1, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Earlier this week, Michigan Medicine’s most committed employees earned recognition for their dedication and perseverance.

“Tonight, we honor so many who have spent decades helping this organization in its pursuit of excellence,” said Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the U-M Health System.

Denton spoke at the annual Service Awards dinner, which this year honored 254 employees who have served the organization for 30, 40, 45 or 50 years.

His remarks focused on the commitment it takes for individuals to stay successful for so long: “You have all reinvented yourselves time and again, adapting to change in ways that allowed you to carry out our mission and impact thousands of lives.”

Earning recognition

Among the honorees was Pam Beatty Cupitt, the lone employee who has been with the organization for 50 years. Cupitt is an administrative manager who was recently profiled in a Headlines feature story.

Also receiving recognition was Hannah Clark, a nurse who has worked for Michigan Medicine for 40 years. She said the key to her longevity is the support she has received from colleagues.

“Throughout my career, I was encouraged to go back to school and work my way up in my career,” Clark said. “Everyone I’ve worked with has wanted me to find success.”

She added that events like the Service Awards dinner are unique and appreciated by honorees.

“Our organization is so big, but there are still events like this that make it feel like a small community,” Clark said. “I can look around and see people I haven’t seen in a while, but they all look familiar.”

A night full of fun

The evening included remarks from Denton, a performance by the U-M Friars – which is made up of members of the university men’s glee club – and a keynote address by Mary Ceccanese that focused on gratitude and the many benefits of individuals stopping to appreciate the things that shape their lives.

Honorees were able to invite a guest, along with their supervisor. It all created a night many will appreciate for years to come.

“This is a great place to work, and nights like this just reinforce that,” said Cheryl Ford-Butler, an entrance attendant at the Northville Health Center. Ford-Butler has worked as an entrance attendant for four decades.

“The patients are what keep me coming back each day,” she said. “If they don’t come in with a smile on their face already, I do what I can to put one on their face. It’s how I can make a difference and it’s what will make this a hard job to leave when that time comes.”

Ford-Butler was accompanied by her supervisor, Matthew Thompson.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to recognize Cheryl – and everyone else here — for what they do every day,” Thompson said.

Denton echoed those thoughts.

“Thank you for who you are, thank you for what you’ve done, and thank you for what you will continue to do,” Denton said. “It’s our privilege to honor you both tonight and every day at Michigan Medicine.”