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Manager to the rescue, St. Luke's employee of the month

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UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Employee of the Month for July is Eileen Hansen, a manager on the surgery/oncology floor at St. Luke’s. Hansen is a master planner with impeccable attention to detail. This is some of the reason this surprise ceremony left her confused and worried that she had let something slip through the cracks.   

Traditionally, managers play a role in helping plan these surprise ceremonies, but this time, it was the manager being honored. When Hansen saw members of the Senior Team and several others coming with the Employee of the Month award, she started to panic a little bit. “I was worried that I missed the communication about the ceremony. I was quickly trying to get all team members to the nurses’ station to make sure this winner wasn’t going to miss out on their award,” says Hansen.

Before the big announcement Hansen still had a confused look on her face and was spotted mouthing to people across the room asking “Who, are they here and is it you?”

She never thought for second that she was the one being honored and that didn’t surprise Hansen’s boss, Sheryl Steuk. “She is incredibly humble and compassionate, she is always focused on her team and making sure they have the support that they need. She is so deserving of this honor.”

Team members describe Hansen as an amazing leader who is helpful, genuine, understanding, supportive, positive and professional.

As the St. Luke’s Employee of the Month for July, Hansen received a special watch from Greenberg’s Jewelers, her own premium parking space, gift cards to the St. Luke’s Glass Apple Gift Shop, The Parkview Café and a gift certificate to be used at an area restaurant. She will also have the chance to be voted as St. Luke’s Employee of the Year for 2017. That comes with a paid vacation.