Julie Trinkala, honored for a strong work ethic and commitment to the goals and ideals of the health care system, is the 2011 recipient of the Edward J. Protin Memorial Award at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Julie, a housekeeper in environmental services, received the honor at the hospital’s 39th annual Service Awards Dinner at the Willow Room in the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver.
The Protin Award is one of the hospital’s most prestigious honors and the recipient is not named until the night of the event.
Trinkala, whose career at Monongahela Valley Hospital spans more than 19 years, received a standing ovation from the audience.
“I just love to help people,” she said when accepting the award.
Sandra Orborne, last year’s recipient of the Protin Award, made the presentation to Trinkala.
The Protin Award was established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory of the late Edward J. Protin of Charleroi, former president of the hospital’s Board of Trustees and a longtime community leader in the mid-Monongahela Valley.
Criteria for the award are that the recipient must have served the hospital for at least 10 years, exhibited significant contributions to the health care system over and above what is required, and demonstrated the qualities of leadership, loyalty, compassion and empathy.
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Louis J. Panza, Jr., President and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital, emphasized that Trinkala, “certainly meets the criteria for this honor – for many reasons.”
“In addition to leading by example,” Panza said, “Julie makes MVH a better place. She brightens the day and has that special ability to make everyone smile.”
Trinkala attended Ringgold High School and worked in many departments throughout the hospital. She currently is the full-time housekeeper in the MVH Emergency Department.
Her supervisior, Lisa Martin said, “She is an outstanding employee and she missed her calling. She should have been a nurse because she cares so much about our patients.”
Her MVH teammates lauded her by noting that she is very dependable and always seems to be there when you need her.
She cherishes the role that MVH plays in the mid-Monongahela Valley. Her special community interests include The Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the United Way.
Julie resides in Charleroi with her son Darrell.