Richland Hospital Laboratory Manager Recognized
Richland Hospital’s RWHC 2014 Rural Health Ambassador Award Winner
Richland Hospital is proud to recognize Julie Kepler, Laboratory Manager as its 2014 Ambassador Award winner. Over her many years of service at the Richland Hospital, Julie Kepler has promoted healthcare and wellness in various ways. As a leader in her department, she organized community coronary risk screenings and health fair glucose checks. She also instituted a program to verify accuracy of personal glucometers for diabetics.
Julie makes significant contributions to her profession as a Medical Technologist by promoting clinical rotation program for students in Clinical Laboratory Programs at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC), Madison Area Technical College (MATC) and Mid-State Technical College (MSTC). She is on the Advisory Board at SWTC and has taught classes at the SWTC Medical Laboratory Technologist program. She provides the Microbiology class at UW Richland with a tour and a lecture. Julie, also, encourages local elementary classes to tour the lab. Our lab team is always happy to assist students with their science fair projects.
“We Serve.” This is the Lions International Moto and truly describes Julie. Julie is a volunteer and Lions International Club Member, where she has performed many tasks and held numerous positions. Some duties include roadside cleanup, Rodeo Parade equine sanitation, brat stand sales, Candy Days Chair for Wisconsin Lions Camp for Blind, Deaf, and Diabetic Children, and she has helped with Cornea Transportation. As a volunteer, she is always willing to help where needed for any organization or group. She has helped inspire the laboratory team to be good stewards of our community. Many of us are members of community service organizations because of the example Julie sets. We work at and/ or sponsor: A family for Salvation Army host a family, a tree for Rotary Lights, and the Kiwanis fair stand. Julie has sewn costumes for the high school choir, provided fundraiser items and baked pies for auctions and benefits.
Julie regularly attends the RWHC Roundtable meetings for laboratory leaders to share her knowledge and learn from others. She is ASCP and ASCLS Certified (American Society of Clinical Pathology and American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science).
The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) established the Rural Health Ambassador Award to recognize employees at member hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their respective organizations, and made significant contributions to rural health care in general. The award criteria do not necessarily emphasize job performance or years of service – although these may be used as secondary factors in your internal selection process. Any organization that is a current member of RWHC is encouraged to select one employee to receive this annual award. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a history of fostering positive communication and relations within the hospital’s respective service area – and beyond.
1. Nominee must be a current employee of a hospital that is an active member of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
2. Primarily, nominee must be involved in one or more activities that enhance either the image of the hospital or the relationship between the hospital and the surrounding service area. Examples include:
- Serving as the hospital representative on community boards/service organizations
- Taking advantage of volunteer or public speaking opportunities through the hospital
- Participating in hospital events (health fairs, outreach activities, parades, etc.)
- Supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital
3. Nominee supports and strengthens rural health care within their community, including participation in RWHC task forces and committees.
4. Nominee routinely demonstrates a positive attitude and demeanor during interactions with patients, visitors, co-workers and other customers.
5. Nominees may not be an active hospital volunteer/auxiliary member (there are other awards that recognize those who serve in this capacity). An employee may not be re-nominated for the award within three years of receiving the award.