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Regina Legacy Awards presented to three outstanding employees

HASTINGS, Minn. 04/28/2015
Pictured are (left to right): Kit Justen, Dr. Christina Pieper-Bigelow and Dawn Trombley with their awards in the Regina Chapel.

Pictured are (left to right): Kit Justen, Dr. Christina Pieper-Bigelow and Dawn Trombley with their awards in the Regina Chapel.

Three exceptional employees were recognized for their service at the annual Regina Legacy Awards.

Every year, Regina Hospital and Regina Senior Living invites nominations for its most prestigious employee awards, which are named in honor of three founding members of the Hastings medical campus; Fr. Dunne, Dr. Just and Sr. Tabitha.

This year's awards were presented in a celebration April 16 to the following members of staff:
Dr. Christina Pieper-Bigelow, gastroenterologist, Regina Hospital (Dr. Just provider award)
Kit Justen, activities assistant, Regina Senior Living (Fr. Dunne healing presence award)
Dawn Trombley, activities director, Regina Senior Living (Sr. Tabitha leadership award)

There were 14 nominees for the 2015 awards, highlighting employees from across the Regina campus. Some employees received multiple nominations for the awards, which are considered the highest honor that can be achieved by a Regina member of staff.

Jim McGlade, interim president of Regina Hospital, said: "Regina Hospital and Regina Senior Living are more than bricks and mortar buildings; it's the people who work here every day who are our facilities, to our patients, our residents and the Hastings community. These awards are one way that we honor those employees who do an outstanding job, day after day, of caring for those who most need our help."

"The Regina Legacy Awards provide an opportunity to stop and celebrate the best in people across the Regina campus," said Karrie Tipler, chief executive officer of Regina Senior Living. "While there are many tasks that are done well every day at Regina, there are staff here that help set the bar high in areas like customer service and quality that inspire others to do the same. They remind us of our shared mission and of what can be accomplished for the community we serve when we work together. Your heart is always moved at the Legacy Awards."

Recipient nomination summaries:

Dr. Christina Pieper-Bigelow: Gastroenterologist Dr. Christina Pieper-Bigelow received multiple nominations for the Dr. Just provider award. Common themes highlighted were her thoughtfulness, high standards, willingness to share knowledge and skills, compassion and dedication. Also spotlighted was her commitment to call each of her surgery patients (1,800 per year) after their return home to ensure their well-being and answer questions. One nomination stated: "Her name is well-known throughout the community and it's not just because she is such a skilled doctor. She is also kind, compassionate and a constant advocate for the patient."

Kit Justen: Kit Justen brings warmth, kindness and understanding to her role in the Activities Department at Regina Senior Living. Music and mission make up a large piece of Kit's nomination, which highlights the musical ability she shares readily with residents, and her attention to keeping the organization's mission at the forefront of coworkers' minds during meetings. Kit treats all with respect and dignity and is well-respected for her ability to "get this done."

Dawn Trombley: Dawn Trombley brings warmth, acceptance and creativity to the Activities Department at Regina Senior Living and received multiple nominations for Regina's Legacy Awards. This 35-year Regina employee is described as being an advocate for both residents and staff, perpetuating a culture of respect and accountability, and anticipating needs before they are voiced. Her sense of stewardship helps her to create things of beauty for residents out of items most people might discard. Dawn's coworkers say they would be millionaires if they received a penny every time Dawn says: "What can I do for you?"

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