Creative Activities Keep Employees Motivated


Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

Beckie Kistler (left) and Jennifer Nolan (right) shared their enthusiasm at the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital island-theme employee dinner.

PCA Facility Spotlight
As a follow up to the Performance Culture Assessment (PCA) and Culture of Safety survey, work teams have set goals for the coming year. This is the next in a series of articles featuring the goals and activities of our different facilities.

Creative Activities Keep Employees Motivated

Would you rather attend a safety meeting or a Safety Circus?

It’s a Safety Circus for employees at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, where themed events make serious topics fun and memorable.

The Safety Circus featured information and game booths from departments across campus. The event was held for day and night shifts, and included prize drawings and giveaways.

“The circus showed our commitment to safety in a fun environment,” said Petie Anderson, senior HR business partner. “It was very successful, very well attended.”

Pictured right: Ken Johnson clowned around with Amit Mehta during the Safety Circus at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Safety news is reinforced through the “Weekly Wisdom” newsletter, launched in 2013. The newsletter includes topics from daily safety huddles and an “Amen Corner” for staff recognition.

More news is shared through the weekly employee newsletter titled “The SMEH Pulse.” Topics include upcoming activities, responses to employee questions, employee health news, safety information, good catches, employee recognition and community involvement.

Pictured right: The staff Safety Circus included games and info booths at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Here, Mike Duffy, manager, Laundry, displays the interesting items his team has found.

Petie expects employee participation will continue to grow as Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital launches a new Spirit Team. This employee-based group will work with HR and administration to plan and implement campus events.

Jennifer Nolan, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital president, said motivating staff is a big part of her job.

“Working in health care can be stressful, so I try to find different ways to keep it exciting and fun,” Jennifer said. “When staff are engaged and enjoy their jobs, if they are happy, patients are more likely to be happy.”

Pictured right: Sandy Bowman and Ken Johnson served smiles and beverages at the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital island-theme dinner for employees.

One fun activity has been the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital “Starfish Luncheon,” honoring employees who go above and beyond with customer service or service excellence. Rave reviews after the event boosted attendance at the two lunches that followed.

The Starfish Luncheon might even be implemented at other KentuckyOne Health facilities, as we strengthen our culture of recognizing employee efforts. The starfish theme was inspired by the story of a girl who tosses individual starfish back into the ocean because “it makes a difference to that one.” The Starfish Luncheon recognizes employees who influenced the outcome for even just one person.

Pictured right: Employees who make a difference in the lives of others are recognized at “Starfish Lunches” at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Special staff events don’t necessarily require a lot of time or money, Jennifer said. “Staff enjoy the activities — they create department pride. And after an event, employees always suggest ideas for the next celebration!”   

The island-themed employee dinner at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
was as much fun for event staff as it was for the attendees.