Regional Health Announces January/February 2016 ‘I Am Regional Health’ Honorees
Regional Health has announced its three caregivers who were recognized during the months
of January and February 2016 for the “I Am Regional Health” campaign. The individuals for January are Amy-Jo Sokol, LPN, in Hot Springs; Theresa Ferdinand, Department Manager for Regional Health’s Employee Well-Being program in Rapid City; and Jamie Madden, Medical Imaging Operations Manager in Sturgis.
The individuals for February are Jana Bielmaier, RN, Wall Regional Medical Clinic and Home Health; Mavis Jeffery, RN, Clinical Resource Nurse at Rapid City Regional Hospital; and Kelly Weis, RN, a Surgical Services Nurse at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Sokol is a nurse who believes caring for patients involves medicine – and more. In her work
at Hot Springs Regional Medical Clinic, Sokol is dedicated to lifting patients’ spirits as well as treating their physical needs. She has worked to create a cheerful, comfortable clinic environment to put patients at ease when they are receiving medical care. A native of New York, Sokol enjoys the more relaxed pace of life in Hot Springs and considers her patients her extended family.
Ferdinand focuses her seemingly boundless energy on making Regional Health and her community the best it can be. Ferdinand is passionate about taking care of people and helping people take care of themselves. After working as a nurse at Regional Health for 23 years, she has taken on the role of leading the Employee Well-Being program. Co-workers call her an inspiration, and someone who lives the lifestyle she believes in.
Madden gave up a basketball college scholarship to pursue a career in health care. Now, as
Medical Imaging Operations Manager at Sturgis Regional Hospital, she still puts her sports background to use. “I think basketball has taught me about what it means to be on a team, to work together for other people and help support other people,” she said. “Going into health care just made sense after that.”
Jana Bielmaier knows most of the patients she provides care for and wouldn’t have it any other way. Bielmaier, who is originally from Wall and lives there today, is honored to be a part of the team providing health care in Wall. In addition to caring for patients, she and her husband have three children whose activities keep the young family busy. Bielmaier also volunteers on the annual Wall Celebration Committee.
Every day at her job as a nurse is a new adventure, and that’s just what Mavis Jeffery loves.
“You go around and help everybody get through their day,” Jeffery said, describing her role in the Cardiac Intervention Unit. “It’s a good feeling to have people call me and ask for help. I just love doing it.” Jeffery also is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who volunteers with many organizations that help people in need in the Black Hills.
Caring for her grandfather and for her special-needs daughter, Kenadi, helped spark Kelly
Weis’ interest in health care. Now, as a nurse, she enjoys caring for her neighbors and family members – and for other special-needs individuals throughout the Black Hills and Wyoming. Weis and her family established a foundation in memory of Kenadi that provides playground and medical equipment and raises awareness about those with special needs.
Beginning in May 2015, Regional Health launched a yearlong campaign aimed at celebrating its nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Each month, the organization showcases three exceptional individuals from across the region who truly represent Regional Health’s purpose – helping patients and communities live well.