Teresa Haffner, RN, BSN, a part time employee in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Cass Regional Medical Center, was named the organization’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2016. CEO Chris Lang made the announcement March 8, during a reception.
Haffner, an employee at Cass Regional since 2003, was nominated for the award by Cardiac Rehabilitation department employees. She was chosen as Employee of the Quarter for representing the qualities stated in Cass Regional’s vision and mission statement.
“Teresa goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager Terry Johns, RN, said. “She greets each patient every morning with a smile and without fail, she asks them how they are feeling
and gives them encouragement for the day.”
Haffner said the best part of her work is getting to know the patients and spending time with them one-on-one.
“The patients feel safe to talk about their health and their home life as well as their futures,” Haffner said. “The majority, most of the time, do well in the program.”
She explained that she enjoys working at Cass Regional because the hospital is large enough to take care of the community, yet small enough where employees can get to know coworkers throughout the system.
Haffner said she became a nurse because she was influenced by her mother who was also a nurse. Following her completion of nursing school, Haffner joined the Navy with one of her sorority sisters, where she served as nurse for eight years and met her husband.
Haffner presently resides in Pleasant Hill with her husband Mike, where they operate a Christmas tree farm. Her family includes her son Robbie and daughter-in-law Anna, her daughter Jamie, and her son Matt and daughter-in-law Kristin whose first child is due in July.
Her hobbies include Cornerstone Community Church activities, spending time with family, biking, hiking, traveling and decorating the Christmas tree farm’s gift shop for the holiday season.
As Employee of the Quarter, Haffner received a paid day off, a designated parking space for the quarter, an Employee of the Quarter recognition pin, an Employee of the Quarter crystal star award, a cake and balloons.“It was shocking to hear my name called,” Haffner said. “Undeserving was my first thought because all of our team works hard. I’m also honored and humbled.”