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) bestowed their 2012 Rural Health Ambassador Award to Kathryn Sutton-Anderson, a physical therapist 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. Each recipient demonstrates a history of fostering positive communication and relations within the hospital's respective service area by: serving on community boards/service organizations; taking advantage of volunteer or public speaking opportunities; and supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital.
Sutton-Anderson has held roles at VMH including Clinical Education Coordinator for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students. She is a certified specialist in orthopaedic and pelvic physical therapy. Sutton-Anderson is a past recipient of the Clinical Instructor of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the UW-La Crosse Department of Physical Therapy.
Active in her church and Westby community, Sutton-Anderson has volunteered with the Viroqua Area Schools as a parent's group member, school music parents committee and Viroqua Athletic Booster Club. She has also been active with the Liberty Pole 4-H Club.
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.