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St. Mary Medical Center Announces Employee of the Year


At the St. Mary Medical Center 40th Annual Service Awards Gala, Tawny Pavese of Hobart and Laverne Stidman of Gary both were announced as Employees of the Year. More than 350 staff and guests gathered April 26 at the County Line Orchard in Hobart to celebrate the awards along with other staff honored for years of service to the hospital.

Employees of the Year are selected by staff and co-workers. For 2012, Pavese and Stidman both received the same number of votes, resulting in a first-ever dual award.

Tonight, we applaud those outstanding staff members who have reached milestones in their years of service to St. Mary Medical Center,” said hospital CEO Janice Ryba, at the event. “You all touch a number of lives through each of your efforts every day. You represent what is truly special about St. Mary Medical Center…our spirit and commitment to making the lives of those around us, better.”

Pavese, a nursing assistant in Same Day Surgery, was one of 12 STAR (St. Mary Medical Center Teammate Award & Recognition) Employees of the Month named throughout 2012. She was recognized for her constant smile and the respect and compassion she shows to each patient and family. Through her attitude and demeanor, she helps calm patients’ anxiety and is always cooperative and eager to help in any situation.


Stidman is a materials handler in the Storeroom. He was recognized for his positive attitude, professionalism, trustworthiness and willingness to go above and beyond in his duties every day. Stidman was also recognized for often volunteering his personal time to help other hospital departments with their needs.

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana, is a 205 bed acute-care hospital with more than 1,200 employees and 300 physicians on staff. The hospital operates several medical offices and outpatient facilities throughout Northwest Indiana, including the newly completed Valparaiso Health Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. As part of Community Healthcare System, the hospital joins an extensive network of physician offices, healthcare resources and outpatient services -- at more than 25 locations – throughout Northwest Indiana.


  • St. Mary Medical Center Hospital CEO Janice Ryba presents Hobart resident and Nursing Assistant Tawny Pavese with her Employee of the Year recognition during the Annual Service Awards Gala.
  • Gary resident Laverne Stidman has been named an Employee of the Year at St. Mary Medical Center.





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