Three employees of Regional Hospital of Scranton are being honored as the hospital’s top employees of 2012. They are Employee of the Year Mary Ann O’Malley, Food Service Department; Clinical Manager of the Year Elaine Walker, director of Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Diagnostic Services, and the Vascular Lab and Non-Clinical Manager of the Year David Mattei, director of Plant Operations.
Walker has been a Regional employee for more than 37 years. As director of CardioPulmonary Services, Walker’s work is her passion.
“Elaine is truly dedicated to her patients, peers, staff and the hospital,” said Cindy Segar-Miller, chief operating officer. “She demands excellence from herself and models the same for staff.”
Walker has planned and executed two heart fairs, is instrumental in the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) accreditation for Cardio and Pulmonary Rehab and is leading the hospital’s efforts toward Chest Pain Accreditation. Her focus is on the care and teaching of cardiac patients and she is the hospital’s representative in the community as an American Heart Association board member.
Walker is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and earned her master’s degree from Marywood University. She says her oversight of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Departments as well as EKG, Echo, EEG, EMG Vascular and Respiratory Departments is challenging, but rewarding.
She recalls her high school days when her goal was to go to Boston to work with open-heart patients. “My dad died from heart disease when he was 40 years old, so my mom was a widow with four children,” she explained. “When I think back, we didn’t even have CPR in those days, and today we are so advanced in how we treat people with heart disease.”
Walker and her husband, Larry, live in Dalton. They have three children: Vanessa, Vincent and Aaron and a grandson, Gary Weaver.
O’Malley has worked at Regional since 1978, when she was a senior at Scranton Technical High School. She has worked in various positions throughout the hospital and currently serves in the Food Service Department’s starter position on the food line, where trays are set up for individual patients.
She is an outstanding employee, says Food Service Supervisor Joanne Ilnicki. “Mary Ann is very methodical in completing her tasks. Her work area is very well organized and she consistently completes her job duties.”
O’Malley was surprised about her recognition and says she can’t wait to go to Opryland in Tennessee, one of her awards as Employee of the Year.
O’Malley and her husband, Edward, live in Scranton. They are the parents of three sons: Matthew, Edward and Christopher; and grandparents to three granddaughters.
Clinical Manager of the Year David Mattei has been an employee of Regional Hospital of Scranton for more than 30 years. As director of Plant Operations,Mattei has earned the respect of his co-workers by demonstrating responsiveness to them and all patients, said Segar-Miller, chief operating officer.
“Dave knows the hospital building inside and out,” said Segar-Miller. He understands that a quick response to requests is crucial and makes sure his staff commits to this expectation as well. Dave literally keeps the place running.”
Mattei began his career at Regional in the hospital laundry while he was earning his biomedical engineering degree at Johnson College. After graduation, he progressed through the ranks from biomed tech to supervisor to his current duty as director of Plant Operations. He has worked in this position since 2001 and oversees a staff of 35 individuals. Mattei looks to his father, the late David S. Mattei, as a role model. His father, who passed away in 1994, served in many capacities at Regional including interim president and CEO.
Mattei and his wife, Lisa, are residents of Bear Creek. He is the father of David, Nathan and Taylor.