Michigan Medicine employees honored for years of service

November 17, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees, ,

On Monday, Nov. 16, Michigan Medicine Human Resources combined efforts with University Human Resources to host a virtual Service Awards event, inviting 422 staff members from across U-M who celebrated 30, 40, 45, 50 or 55 years of service in 2020.

“Our faculty and staff — our people — are this organization’s most important asset,” said Deloris Hunt, M.S., chief human resources officer at Michigan Medicine. “We are fortunate that these employees have decided to make U-M and Michigan Medicine their employer of choice. We thank them for their decades of services to this great institution and all of our stakeholders.”

Typically, such recognition takes the form of two Service Award banquets, one for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint university campuses and another for Michigan Medicine. Due to current conditions and COVID-19 precautions, this year’s celebration was combined into one virtual Service Award event featuring live and recorded performances and messages from university leaders and colleagues at all levels.

Michigan Medicine top honorees

Of the more than 400 staff members honored at the event, 261 represented Michigan Medicine. This included four top honorees who have dedicated five decades (or more) to the organization.

Barbara Williams, 50-year honoree

Three employees celebrated 50 years of service: Kathleen Huster, medical technologist in pathology; Barbara Williams, inpatient unit clerk at University Hospital; and Carolyn Wisniewski, HRIS process coordinator in Human Resources.

When asked about her career at Michigan, Williams shared that some of her fondest memories were working in admitting, and she still comes to Michigan Medicine enjoying what she does.

“You have to come in every day with a positive attitude and do the best you can do,” said Williams.

Diana Richards, a nurse practitioner at the East Ann Arbor Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, was the sole employee celebrating a very special 55 years of service. Richards started her tenure at U-M as a nursing student and has been working for the university since 1965.

Throughout her career, she has cared for thousands of patients, been involved in initiatives that transformed care of obstetrics patients and witnessed how advances in technology have changed care delivery.

One thing has not changed for Richards, though, and that’s her focus on patient care. She spoke about her entire journey in the video at the top of the page.

While Richards’ dedication to the organization and our patients is certainly deserving of recognition and applause for a job well done, she said she’s not done yet. “My daughter always says you’ll now when you want to retire … I’m still enjoying what I do, so I’m going to keep doing it.”

All 2020 Service Award Honorees celebrating 30 and more years at Michigan Medicine are listed here. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition platform to share kudos, congratulations and kind words of support. Send an ecard to congratulate our colleagues on their special milestone.

A recording of the 2020 Service Awards presentation can be viewed on the university’s YouTube channel.

More information about the Service Awards, including a listing of those celebrating 10 and 20 years, visit the UHR Service Awards page.