On Thursday, May 10, during National Hospital Week, Mike Madden, CEO of Skyline Hospital, congratulated Dr. Ray FitzSimmons and Mika Clark as the winners of Skyline's Service and Employee awards, respectively.
"Dr. FitzSimmons always puts his patients first. He has made health care a major priority in his life. He's a very talented doctor who provides excellent care for his patients," said Madden.
"I am honored to receive the Service to Skyline Award," noted FitzSimmons, who has served at Skyline for the past 28 years, ever since he became a part of NorthShore Medical Group (formerly Mid-Columbia Family Health Center)
Dr. FitzSimmons, board-certified in family medicine, remembers when Skyline was not much more than a one room, two-bed emergency room where he often served as the ER doc, the hospital doc, the clinic doc, and the office manager all in a day's work.
"A lot has changed since then," continued FitzSimmons. "Skyline's first-rate radiology department, their dedicated trauma-certified surgeon, their growing list of specialists, and their spectacular new patient wing."
"One of the best things about my job -- both at NorthShore and Skyline," says Dr. FitzSimmons "is how we all work together so well. I'm dedicated to giving the highest quality of care to all patients. And I know Skyline is too."
Dr. FitzSimmons is not the only person who has been a part of Skyline's evolution. Clark, who works in the kitchen, received the Employee of the Year Award.
"Mika was raised in the service industry and frankly she loves to take care of people. As part of our kitchen crew, Mika takes care of patients and staff. She wants to make everyone happy. And she does," Madden said with a smile.
"I love the public and I love serving them food. There's something about working in the kitchen that nourishes in so many ways. You know, when people come to Skyline they're not coming because they're on a cruise. They're here because they're hurt or a loved one is sick. This is not like working in a regular restaurant, people eating at a hospital need more than just nourishment. My gift is to serve and from the kitchen is where I do it best."