Scott Stermer | May 2021

Scott Stermer is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Radiation Safety Coordinator. Scott recently showcased his commitment to patient care and to keeping staff safe. It was after hours, and patient who had received a radio- isotope treatment at another facility needed to be admitted to EIRMC. Basically, this patient was radioactive because of his particular type of treatment received earlier in the day.

First, Scott worked with the physician Radiation Safety Officer to develop a plan to protect others from radioactive exposure. He used a Geiger Counter to calculate safe distance from the patient, and taped off the room so that visitors and staff didn’t expose themselves to radiation. Scott worked closely with nursing staff so they were educated on how to keep themselves safe. For example, Scott created a playbook with detailed notes on how to safely provide cares, including distances they needed to maintain.

His ability to quickly respond to the situation and his “safety-first mind-set” paved the way for the best outcome… not only for the patient, but for all those that cared for the patient during his stay.

Scott comes in every day with a smile and willingly takes on additional duties in other areas. Scott is an exemplary employee, he lives by EIRMC’s mission and values. He is an invaluable member of the EIRMC team.

Felicia Peterson | October 2021

Felicia Peterson is a CNA and Unit Secretary on the 5th Floor.

Felicia helped care for a patient hospitalized for several months, fighting cancer. The pair developed a close bond, and Felicia learned that the patient loved flamingos.

When Felicia brought in a flamingo-decorated cup for her, this started the best trend! Other staff and family and friends joined in the fun, and the patient was receiving flamingos almost daily.

By the end of her stay the room was entirely decorated with flamingos and it took two carts to get it all out.

This patient made such an impression that Felicia tattooed a flamingo on her arm! In Felicia's own words: "The reason I tattooed the flamingo on me is because of the strength I saw in her. She kept saying flamingo strong 💪. Lately the nursing field has been hard, and I’ve been a CNA for about 8 years. I was thinking of switching careers and she made me feel like I was right where I belonged."

What a beautiful show of support!