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Morris Hospital Fire Starter of the Month for January

As a unit secretary on Morris Hospital’s 2 East nursing unit, Jen Applebee, of Morris wants to make a difference.
As a unit secretary on Morris Hospital’s 2 East nursing unit, Jen Applebee, of Morris wants to make a difference.

As a unit secretary on Morris Hospital’s 2 East nursing unit, Jen Applebee, of Morris wants to make a difference. Applebee was recently honored for doing just that when she was recognized as Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ Fire Starter of the Month for January.

“Jen is the epitome of what an employee should be,” Meagan Rothrock-Magana, manager of 2 East at Morris Hospital, said in a news release.

“She takes pride in her work, wants to do a good job and wants the unit to succeed. She welcomes visitors with a pleasant smile and is always willing to answer their questions. She has truly developed into one of the keys that keeps our unit running smoothly.”

Prior to becoming 2 East unit secretary, Applebee spent more than 10 years in various roles in the nutrition services department at Morris Hospital, including dish, café, hostess, and clerk.

“Jen’s determination to help create a seamless patient experience, while helping to maintain order and flow on the unit, is obvious in the connections she has made with the staff,” wrote co-worker Shannon Borgstro. “The staff trusts and respects her. Jen is recognized and appreciated by patients and visitors and is truly a friend to all she meets.”

Applebee says she enjoys coming to work and is eager to dive in at the start of each shift.

”When somebody needs help, I always do my best to help them," Applebee said in a news release.

She also said, "“I love being here. I hope I’m making a difference by doing my job and going the extra mile to make sure things are done correctly.”

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