Sonia Coria, Interpretative Service Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center, has been named the recipient of the annual Catherine McAuley Excellence Award for 2012. The award was given to Coria at Mercy’s Employee Recognition Open House that was held on September 11.
In addition to the prestigious McAuley award, Mercy President and CEO Bob Peebles acknowledged the work of those Mercy associates celebrating employment anniversaries including seven employees with 40-year awards and another employee celebrating her 50-year anniversary with Mercy.
The McAuley Excellence Award is in honor of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy and is presented each year to an employee who exemplifies Mercy’s values and lives its mission. Coria was chosen as the recipient of the McAuley Excellence Award because of the critical role she plays in working with Mercy patients who have a difficult time with the English language. She serves as an interpreter for patients and families across the entire hospital complex and conveys compassion and respect for everyone she assists.
Coria joined Mercy Medical Center in 2006 and as part of Mercy’s Healthcare Opportunities for Latina Advancement (H.O.L.A.) program. She has since earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and has become an integral player in a patient’s experience at Mercy Medical Center.
At the hospital’s annual employee recognition reception, a total of 323 employees were recognized for their years of service at Mercy. Those with forty years of service included Steven McNeil, James Noble, Sandra Rise, Jane Sebring, Vicki Bornholtz and Deborah Hawkins. The 50-year honoree was Dianne Mansfield who works in Mercy’s medical records office.
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