Valley View named Employer of Year by state MS Society |

Valley View named Employer of Year by state MS Society

Valley View Hospital has received accolades from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado. The award as 2002 Employer of the Year was presented Nov. 4.

Joye Cole nominated the hospital for the award. She is a financial counselor at the hospital.

“An announcement regarding the opportunity for submissions caught my attention in the MC Connections newsletter,” Cole said.

It was titled, “Got a Great Boss?” The award allowed individuals to recognize employers in their community who made significant contributions toward hiring and retention of workers with MS and other disabilities. It was promoted as to say thank you, reward positive employment practices and publicly highlight and encourage those practices.

“It sounded like an ideal way to relay my appreciation to my employer for affirmative hiring and retention practices,” Cole said. “I had been employed by VVH for over five years when I was hospitalized with the diagnosis of MS. After being a patient for a month at VVH, I was released to home to continue my rehabilitation.

“As I was pushed out in a wheelchair, my sentiment was that I would see the staff soon, as I would be back to work. A positive attitude, excellent medical care, family support and VVH staff commitment to encouraging and championing my efforts resulted in my returning to full-time employment after a six-month medical leave,” Cole said.

“MS is a mysterious illness. The uncertainty regarding my recovery was not a hindrance to VVH; they actively engaged in efforts to facilitate my return to my position, which they held for me during the medical leave. I wasn’t pressured to return to work. What was important to me as I improved was the fact that the staff encouraged me to be a part of the team as soon as possible for two reasons: They valued my knowledge and skills in my area of expertise and they believed in my determined effort to again be a supportive and contributing part of our hospital.

“Attitude has been a key factor in my new lifestyle. The acceptance and encouragement of my employer gave me hope and a goal. Returning to work was critical to my healing.

“VVH is proactive in creating a work environment that is supporting to employees who choose to challenge illnesses and disabilities. This environment of caring and encouragement is also extended to the people of the community relying on the hospital each day for their medical well-being,” Cole said.

VVH has other staff with MS and other disabilities. As an equal opportunity employer, it persuades all individuals to be a part of the health care process and utilize their special skills.

VVH is also a partner in programs with the Re-1 School District and Mountain Valley Developmental Services. Each year VVH has sponsored the spring MS Walk. The philosophy of the administration is not to focus on disability issues, but rather to mainstream individuals through employment and special programs.

VVH’s nomination will now be forwarded to the national society for recognition.

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