The Regina Hospital senior leadership team prepares to distribute cupcakes, Cuties clementines and apples to staff around campus (left to right): Bob Verchota, Andy Rolling, John Tonsager, Stephanie Cook, Ty Erickson.
Cupcakes, Cuties clementines and apples were handed out to Regina Hospital employees in a celebration of the one-year anniversary of joining Allina Health.
The five members of Regina Hospital's senior leadership team took time out Thursday (Jan. 29) to pay a surprise visit to all hospital departments, bringing the sweet treats with them.
Each basket of goodies included a card, hand signed by each member of the team, which read, "Please accept our thanks and appreciation for your hard work and dedication this past year during the merger and transition to Allina Health. Your efforts have contributed greatly to Regina's successful transition to many new processes and improvements in the quality of patient care. We applaud you and appreciate all that you do!"
Earlier the same day, Ty Erickson, Regina Hospital president, had announced his resignation effective Feb. 27, and many employees took the opportunity to tell him they appreciated his leadership and would miss him.
Erickson has accepted a position with Essentia Health in Duluth, and will be moving into the role of Senior Vice President – Regional Practice, East Region with that organization.
He said, "The spirit of Regina—which also happens to be the name of our foundation's fundraising team here on campus—is something really quite extraordinary. I have seen it daily during my time here and it was brought home to me again today, as I visited departments with the rest of the senior leadership team to hand out cupcakes and fruit in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Regina Hospital’s transition into Allina Health.
"Caring for our patients is not 'just a job' to our employees. It is their passion, vocation and calling. Even those staff members who may not see a patient from the start of the day to the end understand how the work impacts our patients or our patients' caregivers. This is what gives Regina Hospital its spirit."