Congratulations to our Staff of the Season!!
Dr. Zachary Adler
Dr. Zachary Adler is an Orthopedic Surgeon who joined HOI in December of
2014 along with his partner Dr. Corey Lieber. His focus at HOI specifically
being orthopedic injury care. Since his arrival to HOI he has made a huge
impact on the staff as well as patient outcomes. He brought to HOI evidence-based
best practices for patients as well as a focus on the team approach. What
this means is that most patients are in surgery within 24 hrs from the
time they enter the ER, which research has shown reduces post-op complications.
Most of these individuals are able to bear weight on their operative leg
immediately after surgery, which allows for greater mobility, more independence
and improved overall health. He has implemented new order sets which are
specific to this population of patients and are designed to optimize patient
care. Dr Adler rounds frequently and includes the involvement of all disciplines,
improving patient care. He is described as attentive, approachable and
efficient. Dr. Adler is a wonderful asset to HOI and we are so proud to
have him on our team.
Jen Brandon is our Physical Therapy Director and has been with HOI since
we opened in 2010. Jen was nominated by the staff as our employee of the
season because, to quote the staff, “she is just awesome."
The staff that work for her describe her as flexible, lovely, fair and
approachable. She is looked up to by those around her. She is always willing
to step in and help with patient care when needed. She is focused on the
team around her and on best outcomes with an understanding of the trust
that our patients have placed in us. Jen is instrumental in the continual
growth and improvement of our facility. She is truly a role model and
represents everyday the high standards of excellence we strive for at HOI.
Dr. Steve Barnett
Dr. Steve Barnett is HOI's most prolific surgeon. In this calendar
year, he has already performed 340 surgeries! Each day he brings smiles
to the perioperative team members with his sweet nature and wonderful
sense of humor. Loved also by his patients, Dr. Barnett receives wonderful
comments on our Press Ganey survey. This year in October, he will assume
the title of Chief of Medical Staff. He is respected, admired, and loved
by all members of the team.
Karen Hanich is a PCA in PreOp. PreOp team members cannot say enough about
Karen's contribution to HOI. Every day the department looks amazing
due to her insistence on cleanliness and order. Karen provides excellent
customer service for patients and nurses in the department. She completes
tasks independently and is often referred to as forward thinking. In addition
to her PCA title, Karen also assists with form revisions, schedules, and
computer assistance. HOI does not want to think about doing without this
Dianne Theisen is employee of the season for HOI in the Post Anesthesia
Care Unit (PACU).
Dianne started at HOI when it opened. She takes personal ownership at
our facility and lead the PACU when we opened. She serves as charge nurse,
a resource for other nurses, and always keeps patient safety as her top
priority. She was instrumental when converting over to electronic order
sets. She truly loves her HOI team and it shows in the care she takes
with her patients and her fellow co-workers.
Congratulations Dianne on this wonderful recognition by your fellow team
Ben Malonzo has been with HOI since the opening day. He is motivated by
improving outcomes for our surgical patients via perfecting his sterile
processing techniques. He works tirelessly to ensure that instrument trays
and implants are ready on the day of surgery. Ben is approachable, knowledgeable,
and has excellent teaching skills. As his role as lead suggests, he sets
an amazing example to others on his team.
Being the OR charge nurse is not an easy job. Communicating to everyone
is necessary all through the day. Managing physician and staff schedules
seems to be easy for Shirley Pangelina. She is an amazing multi-tasker
with the energy of a Tasmanian Devil. At the same time, we consistently
see a smile on her face. Shirley is appreciated by staff, anesthesia,
and surgeons. We don't know what we would do without her!