St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale held its annual Service Awards Luncheon and Awards Presentation for more than 70 of its employees who've worked at St Luke's 5 years or more, The luncheon was held at Macaluso's Restaurant in Nesquehoning.

A service awards presentation was done after the luncheon. Opening remarks were giveb by Andrew Seidel, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, St Luke's Hospital & Health Network. Other speakers and presenters included Edward Nawrocki, Interim President, St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital; Kelly Miller, Human Resources Assistant; Carol Evans, Payroll/Workers' Compensation Specialist, and Andrea Visnosky, Director, Marketing & Public Relations, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

Gail Chickilly, LPN, from Nesquehoning, who started working for the hospital in November of 1969, said she stayed there over 40 years because she loves her job, all the kind people she works with and all the great patients she helps care for as family. Andrew Seidel, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, St Luke's Hospital and Health Network, pointed out the constant hard work done by all the dedicated employees and the appreciation of being able to celebrate everyone's years of hard work and dedication. Edward Nawrocki, Interim President, St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, stated they are celebrating more than 980 years of total combined dedicated service and hard work to the hospital.

Prior to the luncheon, all service award recipients were given a gift catalog to be able to choose a gift of their choice during the luncheon. Forty year service recipient Gail Chickilly received a diamond necklace for her many years of service. Service award recipients with 35-39 years of dedicated service were Andrea Marren, Susan Seaver, Nancy Paul, Margaret Sheeto. Service award recipients with 30-34 years of dedicated service were Diane Briggs, Donna Dowling, and Diane Pruett. Service award recipients with 25-29 years of dedicated service were David Hnat, Kathleen Matika, Barbara Porambo, Elaine Hoben, Lynn Mongi, and Joan Walker. Service award recipients with 20-24 years of dedicated service were Rose Marie Harvan, Mary Kay Horvath, Gail Marek, Anita Hiles, Andrea John, and Karen Robertshaw.

In addition to these long-time employees, 18 employees were recognized for serving 15-19 years of service, seven employees were recognized for serving 10-14 years, and twenty-four employees were recognized for serving 5-9 years. Nawrocki said, "Our hospital has a large hard working and passionate staff with many years of experience. They love what they do. We are a family taking care of neighbors."