Jamestown (JRMC) January 14, 2023— A legend is not built in a day. It takes years of consistent commitment to performing with selfless purpose. A legend commits every day—without concern for recognition—to being irreplaceable.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) recognized its legendary employees at The Golden Gala recognition event on Friday, Jan. 6. This is JRMC’s first offsite appreciation event for employees since the onset of the pandemic.

“JRMC employees have worked tirelessly since the beginning of COVID and even before. I am so grateful for the opportunity to recognize them in person alongside their colleagues and families,” Delfs said. “They are beyond deserving.”

Previously titled the Celebrity Celebration, JRMC renamed the event to celebrate individuals who have achieved milestones as well as individuals who have exceeded expectations in their role.

“The event is a little different this year,” said JRMC President & CEO Mike Delfs. “We renamed it. We reinvented it. And, we re-evaluated its purpose. The Reward & Recognition Committee worked hard to ensure this night served as an opportunity to recognize the Difference Makers among us.”

To do that, JRMC recognized 2022 leaf winners. Difference Leaves are peer-to-peer recognition. The leaves acknowledge employees who demonstrate JRMC’s mission or excel at JRMC’s standards of behavior.

Leaf winners this year include: Brianna Mayhair, Plant Operations; Tabitha Kleingartner, Pharmacy; Allison Windish, Radiology; Jewel Wohlart, Nutrition Services; Heather Sobolik, Radiology; Marly Schnabel, Marketing; Kristin Briss, Nutrition; McKenna Barnick, Nutrition.

JRMC also recognized its Legend Award recipients. A “Legend” is the highest honor presented to a JRMC employee. JRMC Legends are real life examples for others to follow. Every day, acts of heroism take place in healthcare. These legends commit to going above and beyond to benefit the hospital and their community.

This year, those recipients include: Kristin Satrom, Patient Care Unit; Janean Schmidt, Linen Services; Krista Ames, Patient Financial Services; Katie Barta, Courtney Cook, Maggy Russek and Brianna Six, Patient Care Unit and Mitch Gahner, Information Technology.

“We also recognize this year’s service award winners,” Delfs said. “These individuals have dedicated anywhere from five years to 35 years to serving JRMC and their community. We are grateful for them and for their dedication.”

Also JRMC Annnouces:

The nursing faculty at the University of Jamestown (UJ) selected Trisha Jungels as the inaugural recipient of the UJ Nursing Excellence award.

Jungels is the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services at Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC). She received the award on Thursday, Jan. 12 at UJ’s Sophomore Induction Ceremony.

The UJ Nursing Excellence Award recipient is a graduate of the Jamestown College/University of Jamestown Nursing Program and is selected by the nursing faculty, said Kim Ash, chair of the UJ nursing department. The recipient demonstrates a passion and commitment to nursing. He/she is devoted to improving patient care; advocating for patients, families, and/or communities; and is recognized for his/her exemplary service to the nursing profession.

“Trisha is a worthy candidate due to her dedication and enthusiasm in the field of nursing, which she shows through her consistent effort to provide the best patient care possible. With an eye towards the future, she also advocates for bettering greater issues facing patients, families and communities,” Ash said.

Jungels has nearly 20 years of nursing experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing at the University of Jamestown in 2002 and Master of Science in Business from University of Mary in 2016. Some of Jungels’ greatest accomplishments include implementing multiple best practice initiatives to improve patient outcomes, enhancing staff development in reporting Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), development of a Private Duty Home Health Aide Program, implementing productivity standards for Home Health & Hospice and implementing organizational excellence principles.

“As nurse leaders at JRMC, we recognize Trisha’s passion for JRMC and the patients in our care,” said Shar Trevithick, JRMC’s Home Health & Hospice Manager. “She is very deserving.”

Jungels is also known for:

  • her mentorship and preceptorship skills
  • building the Nursing Clinical Excellence Ladder program
  • implementing the patient care bundle
  • developing clinic and cancer center service lines
  • serving as secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • her involvement in the Student Nurse of the Year program

“Trisha is a valuable member of the JRMC team. She exemplifies what legendary looks like. When we think of JRMC’s mission – to be THE difference in the lives of those we serve – we think of Trisha,” said Mike Delfs, JRMC President & CEO. “We’re grateful to UJ for honoring Trisha in this way.”

To learn more about nursing positions or care at JRMC, visit jrmcnd.com.