Three hospital employees honored in Potsdam
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:01 am

From left, in front, are Patty Delosh, Zach Laramay and Elissa McKay. In back are Jodi Colby, Bojan Petrovic and Ryan Titus.

POTSDAM -- Canton-Potsdam Hospital employees recently selected Patty Delosh, case management; Zachary Laramay, information systems; and Elissa McKay, pharmacy, as employees of the quarter.

The three were honored by coworkers and managers during a ceremony on the main campus.

Patricia Delosh joined the hospital in 1998 as a registered nurse in the birthplace, later joining the emergency department and then quality and case management.

Most recently, Delosh was selected to lead the chronic disease management program at the hospital. Through that program, patients are provided with care and education during their stay, then monitored and coached at home via televists to prevent readmission and promote healthier lifestyles.

“Patty’s passion toward quality and patient care inspires others. She takes every opportunity to confirm and re-confirm with her patients that they understand their provider’s orders and prescription instructions before discharge,” said Jodi Colby, director of quality and case management.

“Her leadership of the Chronic Disease Management program has proved successful just within the first few months of its implementation,” said Colby. “We are definitely seeing a decrease in our readmissions, largely because of her dedication and commitment to the program.”

Zachary Laramay, information technology support technician, joined the hospital in 2012 and is said to have exceeded expectations from his first day. His peers noted his attention to detail, exceptional demeanor and respect for a team approach. It is not unusual for Laramay to take on additional assignments and contribute beyond the scope of his normal responsibilities.

“Zach is a hardworking, devoted individual who exhibits tremendous initiative and tenacity,” said Bojan Petrovic, information technology manager.

“He brings a unique skillset beyond information technology, which is recognized and appreciated among departments hospital-wide,” said Petrovic. “He is an invaluable member of our team who represents CPH in the best possible way and is well-respected by his peers, administrators, and providers alike.”

Elissa McKay joined the hospital in 2008 as a patient registration clerk. Two years later, she relocated to the pharmacy to fill a technician vacancy. She now serves as a certified pharmacy technician, compounding IV technician and pharmacy buyer.

McKay’s newest role of creating, calculating and logging chemotherapy doses requires a great deal of attention to detail to ensure patient and staff safety.

“Elissa has been an integral part of the care we provide within our Center for Cancer Care,” said Ryan Titus, clinical pharmacist. “Since her oncology training, Elissa has become an unofficial pharmacy staff educator, composing training materials for future technicians to reference.”

“She takes tremendous pride in the quality of her work and it shows,” added Titus.

As employees of the quarter each received flowers, an achievement certificate and pin, chamber gift certificates, gift shop gift certificates and a designated parking space.