Darla Ream, a 14-year executive assistant to the hospital president, is the October Ambassador of the Month for Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City.
The award has been presented by the hospital’s Social and Recognition Committee since 1988 and recognizes employees who exhibit the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance – compassion for those in need, respect for life and the dignity of mankind, wellness and prevention of illness, restoration to health and acceptance of death as the final step toward wholeness. Recipients also have demonstrated courtesy, the proper attitude and enthusiasm for their work.
Besides in her current position, Ream, of Michigan City, has been a hospital pharmacy technician and Human Resources assistant. She has three children and a grandson.
Ream was nominated for the award by the spouse of a patient, who called her “awesome” for assisting him with a concern.
Ream said she was “stunned, nearly speechless and flattered” to learn she would receive the honor. She added she enjoys her work and the new challenges each day brings, adding, “There is never a dull moment.”
Ream said she is “honored and blessed” to serve the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and their mission to continue Christ’s ministry, which she called powerful.
When she’s not working, Ream enjoys traveling, reading and cooking.
In recognition of the honor, Ream, as are all Ambassador recipients, was honored with a special billboard display for the month, a privileged parking spot, an Ambassador badge holder, a photo on the Ambassador of the Month wall that displays the previous 12 months’ winners, $150 cash and an invitation to the annual Service Awards and Recognition Banquet.