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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sponsler returns to Lower Keys Medical Center

Lower Keys Medical Center recently welcomed back Brenda Sponsler as the hospital's new chief nurse executive. Sponsler has worked in the health care field for 25 years and returns to Key West from Bartow Regional Medical Center in Bartow, Fla., which is owned by Health Management, the same company that owns Lower Keys Medical Center.

As chief nurse executive, Sponsler is in charge of developing and implementing patient care delivery models, maintaining staffing standards for all patient care areas, and developing/implementing policies and procedure that assure compliance with regulatory agencies, a hospital press release states.

Fishermen's honors employees

Fishermen's Community Hospital recently announced the recipients of its Exemplary Employee Awards for the first quarter of 2013.

Isabel Yerena, who works in Admissions and ER Registration, was named Outstanding Employee. She is consistently praised by patients for her excellent customer service skills, according to a hospital press release.

Nurse of the Quarter honors went to Linda Ardire in the Intensive Care Unit. Ardire also fills in as a supervisor and is described by co-workers as being a "nurse advocate," a "patient teacher" and "a real asset to both patients and nurses," the release states.

Larry Wise, director of diagnostic imaging, was named Manager of the Quarter. Lauded for creating a user-friendly workplace and patient environment, the longtime Marathon resident, joined Fishermen's in 1995. He has overseen the implementation of the new digital mammography equipment as well as the full-time operation of MRI testing.

The honorees are nominated by their co-workers as well as patients and their guests, the release states.

Local chapter receives HR honors

The Florida Keys Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (FLKSHRM) recently received a Silver EXCEL Award from the national society.

The award "recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members," according to a press release.

The Florida Keys chapter works to "foster and encourage a relationship with each employer in Monroe County, across the public and private sectors, exchanging information and listening to suggestions and ideas relating to the administrative, educational, scientific, technical, fundamental and best practice concepts of HR management," states the local chapter's website.

Sheley marks 5 years with First State

Cherie Sheley, assistant vice president/deposit operations manager recently celebrated her fifth anniversary with First State Bank of the Florida Keys.

Sheley joined First State in 2008 with 25 years of banking experience.

"Cherie is a valuable member of our team and her continued commitment to customer service has contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the bank," said Vice President Terri Bethencourt.