Shore Health celebrates service award recipients

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Honored of 40 years of service to UM Shore Regional Health were: back row from left, Michele Williams, James Knotts, Karen Bitter and L. Kim Elliott; front row, Anne George, Janet Shivers, Constance Edwards and Pamela Kennedy.

EASTON — University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recognized the loyalty, dedication and service of 367 team members at the annual service recognition lunch and dinner celebrations, held Oct. 10 and 11, at The Milestone in Easton.

Team members who had reached their 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th years of service, along with those who had retired during the past year, were honored at the dinner event on Oct. 10, while those celebrating their 10th and 15th years attended the luncheon on Oct. 11. All told, this year’s honored team members represented more than 4,250 years of service to UM Shore Regional Health.

“Shore Regional Health is indeed fortunate to enjoy such loyal dedication from its team members,” says Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO. “Nationally, the mean tenure in a health care position is just four years and the average annual turnover rate in hospitals is estimated at 19.1 percent. I am both grateful and proud that in non-clinical as well as clinical areas, our turnover rate is much lower, around 13 percent, and that so many Shore Regional Health team members at all levels choose to be part of the ongoing care we provide our families, friends and neighbors.”