Richard Allen WGH CEO, Kelsie Watkins, ER Manager, Ashley Taraska, ER, PCT and Joe Akif WGH COO/CNO.

Taraska is 9th WGH BEE Award Recipient

February 27, 2024

WARREN, Pa. – Warren General Hospital Patient Care Technician Ashley Taraska became the 9th BEE Award recipient on Feb. 23, 2024.

Taraska was nominated for the BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) Award by a recent WGH patient. The BEE Award was developed to honor any hospital employee who is not a licensed nurse.

“Ashley was very compassionate about my rash,” the patient wrote in the nomination. “She took the time out to put lotion on my rash. She respects my feelings every time I come in the ER and makes me feel welcomed and takes such good care of me. When I see her she makes me smile. The way she takes care of me is amazing. Ashley helps me collaborate when I feel unheard and she is always friendly and nice. Not many people do what they say they will for me but Ashley always does and she is honest and accountable if she can’t complete my request. Ashley is like my sunshine.”

Employees may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Warren General Hospital to receive The BEE Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.

““We are proud to recognize our exceptional healthcare workers,” Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif said. “They are everyday heroes, and it’s important that they know their work is highly valued. The BEE Award provides a way for us to do that.”

Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for Being Exceptional Every day. Honorees also receive a BEE Award pin, a generous gift card at the hospital’s Window Box gift shop, four free lunches at the cafeteria, eight hour awards day off, and a beautiful, very rare crystal called the Bumble Bee Jasper, found at Mount Papandayan in Indonesia.

“It is important our employees know their work is highly valued, and the BEE Program provides a way for us to do that,” WGH CEO Rick Allen said.

The BEE Award was created by nursing leadership to compliment the DAISY Award and honor patient care staff that continuously goes above and beyond for patients and their families every day. Just like in nature, bees are loyal and hardworking and cannot exist without the daisy, and neither can the daisy exist without the bee. The BEE Award acknowledges the employee for going above and beyond for patients, their families, and the hospital every day.

On February 23rd, 2024 a Patient Care Technician (PCT) at Warren General Hospital was honored with the BEE Award for Being Exceptional Every Day. The BEE (Being Exceptional Every Day) award was developed to honor any hospital employee who is not a licensed nurse here at Warren General Hospital. This Award was created by nursing leadership to compliment the DAISY Award and honor patient care staff that continuously goes above and beyond for patients and their families every day. Recognizing non-nursing staff who demonstrate our Core values here at Warren General Hospital is important to us.

Just like in nature, bees are loyal and hardworking and cannot exist without the daisy, and neither can the daisy exist without the bee. The BEE Award acknowledges the employee for going above and beyond for patients, their families, and our hospital every day. The Warren General Hospital Leadership Team appreciates everything they do to make the Hospital and our patient’s a top priority.

“Recognizing non-nursing staff who demonstrate our Core values here at Warren General Hospital is important to us,” the hospital said in a release. “On behalf of all of us at Warren General Hospital, we thank you, Ashley Taraska, PCT, for choosing Warren General Hospital as your employer and for the skill, care, and compassion you give to our patients and coworkers every day. Congratulations!”

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