At Vernon Memorial, we believe “A Great Staff is Our Greatest Strength.” Listed below are awards and recognitions received by members of our staff and our organization. We are proud to receive recognition that reflects our dedication to safety, clinical excellence and quality patient care.

Rural Health Ambassador Award

   The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) has presented a 2013 Rural Health Ambassador Award to Gary Tricker, Laboratory Manager at Vernon Memorial Healthcare.  The award recognizes health care employees at RWHC hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their respective organizations, while making significant contributions to rural health.   
Tricker is very involved in organizations connected to the medical/clinical laboratory field.  He is the current chair-elect of the Shared Health Services Lab Alliance and will take over as chair in 2014-2015.  He previously chaired the alliance in 2009 and 2010.  Tricker has been a member of the Executive committee of the Lab Alliance for the past 6 years.  In addition, his laboratory leadership with Shared Health Services has afforded him the opportunity to serve as a member of a national Amerinet clinical lab member input group. 

   Tricker is a 40 year member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  He was the 2012 President of the Coulee Region branch of the Wisconsin Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Branch of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association.   He belongs to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Medical Laboratory Technician program at WTC in La Crosse.  

  Tricker is currently an active member of the Coon Valley Lions Club.  He is a member of St. Mary Parish in Coon Valley.  Tricker served as an EMT for 30 years. 



Employee Pride Award

   Linda Sherry, a VMH Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA),  says she enjoys her job, her patients and her co-workers at VMH.  "It's wonderful to know that I am employed at a facility where we give the best care and where I received the best care," she said.  Sherry has been employed as a CNA at VMH for over 13 years.   "I enjoy being involved in wound care and take pride in my involvement in our bereavement program," she adds. 

   Sherry is the recipient of the 2013 Employee Pride Award.  The award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association to celebrate the pride that health care employees have in their work and the contributions the make to their patients, the community and their profession.