Marianne Sullivan is the 2017 Chase County Community Hospital’s Caring Kind award winner. She accepted her award Friday from the Nebraska Hospital Association, and is congratulated here by CCC Hospital CEO Steve Lewis. (Courtesy photo)
Fellow employees believe physical therapist lives up to award’s name
It follows logic that someone who receives a Caring Kind award is just that—caring.
According to her fellow employees, that describes Chase County Community (CCC) Hospital physical therapist Marianne Sullivan pretty well.
Comments such as “Caring for people is a part of who she is whether she is on the job or not,” and “She considers others more than herself and has no expectation to get anything in return” were submitted with her nomination as the Caring Kind award winner this year.
Sullivan was joined by her husband, Bill, Hospital CEO Steve Lewis and Amy Cyboron, the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer, last Friday as she accepted the award from the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) in Omaha.
When she learned she was the hospital’s nominee in July, she said it surprised her a bit.
“But it was very nice to be nominated and voted on by my peers,” she said.
Sullivan joins a long list of CCC Hospital Caring Kind award recipients. This year marked the 38th year for the NHA-sponsored recognition.
She has been employed in the physical therapy department since 1991 when she and Bill lived in Wallace.
She commuted to Imperial five days a week during her first two years here, but cut back to three days a week when their first child was born, she said.
The family moved to Imperial in 1999, and she returned to full-time employment.
During her nearly 27 years with the hospital, she served as department head from 1992-2011.
One of the reasons she decided to enter the physical therapy field was due to a desire to work directly with patients. Having a love for chemistry in high school, she initially entered college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with the plan to become a pharmacist.
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