June 12, 2002 Contact: Mary Jane Kinnas
For Immediate Release 542-7744
HOUSTON HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES "COKES FOR CARING":
AN EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Houston Healthcare's Nursing Services Department today launched "Cokes for Caring," a new program to reward employees with a special souvenir cup and a card for 50 free refills of Coca Cola beverages from the hospital cafeterias. In addition to the Coke cup, employees will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.
Employees can earn a "Cokes for Caring" in several ways, including demonstrating kindness above and beyond the call of duty to a patient; being willing to be part of a team and take on an "unwelcome" assignment; being part of solution-oriented thinking or a concept that would save their unit or facility money; helping to recruit for a difficult to fill position; having perfect attendance for six months; and working to achieve performance improvement goals for their team, unit, department or facility.
"The program is starting as a pilot project in nursing services," explained Ginny Bartoldo, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, "but will be implemented during the year to work in all departments throughout the entire Houston Healthcare system."