Eileen Marsh, dietary assistant at Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program, was honored as Lutheran's 2012 Employee of the Year at the 17th Annual Employee of the Month Recognition Luncheon.
"Today is one of my most enjoyable days of the year," said Tom Holt, Lutheran president and CEO. "I'm here among the best of the best. You do such important work for our seniors and our youth. We are here to honor all of you who make this a great place to live and work."
Eileen was caught off guard when her name was announced at the event.
"I was totally surprised and thought I was going to cry," she said. "It feels awesome, and it's a privilege to be honored like this. I'm a people person, and I love working here. Everyone is so special to me."
Eileen has been an employee in the dietary department for 17 years and was chosen because she possesses positive characteristics that make Lutheran a destination of excellence. She is known among staff, residents and family for her ever-present trademark smile.
"Eileen personally knows each and every one of our residents," said Doug Frazier, general manager of Hospitality Services at Lutheran. "Often times she will stop in mid-stride to ensure their needs are being met. She is also an excellent listener who is compassionate and sincere."
The Richard D. Carlson Employee of the Month/Year program was started by Richard and Shirley Carlson in honor of their son, Richard D. "Rick" Carlson, who passed away in 2005. He had been a longtime resident at the Lutheran Home.