MT. PLEASANT-- Connie Hatch is happy just flying under the radar, doing what she loves most - without recognition. That may be much harder from now on.
Hatch, Respiratory Therapist at Sanpete Valley Hospital, was just recognized with two significant awards from her peers for the exceptional care she provides to her patients in the Sanpete valley community.
The Utah Society for Respiratory Care (USRC) presented Hatch with the 2013 USRCs Respiratory Therapist of the Year award during the society's April 11 and 12 annual conference.
She was also recognized for her volunteer activities related to a statewide demographic, on site survey of Respiratory Therapists in Utah. She recently served on the USRC Board as the secretary.
She was also recognized as the 2013 Intermountain Healthcare's Respiratory Care Rural Respiratory Therapist of the Year during the April 25 Respiratory Care Director's annual Retreat.
Connie continues to travel across Utah performing overnight sleep studies for rural patients requiring such diagnostic services.
According to Steve Abplanalp, Executive Director of Respiratory and Pulmonary Services for Intermountain Healthcare, "Connie exemplifies Intermountain Healthcare's concept of superb care by bringing such needed diagnostic services to the patient".
Taking care of her patients is Connie's passion. These awards are simply confirmation that she does that with exceptional compassion and skill.
As Kim Bennion, Respiratory Care Services Quality Assurance Manager for Intermountain Healthcare put it in response to this recognition for Connie: "She is the sleep manager in Sanpete, but we have felt her reach of patient care far beyond Sanpete county."
Intermountain Healthcare and Sanpete Valley Hospital express sincere congratulations to Connie for these significant acknowledgements of her professional skill and care for her patients. We're delighted to have her as a part of our Intermountain family, and are especially glad to know our patients are in such good hands.