Derks Honored with Best of the Best Administrative Award by Partners of WHA

October 09, 2018

Partners of WHA, Inc. presented its 2018 Best of the Best Administrative Award to Jenny Derks, Chief Administrative Officer for Ascension Calumet Hospital and Clinic in Chilton as part of its annual convention in Stevens Point. Each year, this award recognizes an on-site hospital executive who demonstrates a cooperative, supportive, enthusiastic, and well-defined relationship with its volunteer organization.  

In nominating Derks for this award, the Calumet Medical Center Auxiliary shared she “takes time to learn and know every volunteer by name and stops by each of them when doing her hospital rounds. This building of relationship and trust carries over into the entire philosophy of seeing her being a great leader and the volunteers wanting to follow in her footsteps in every aspect.”

In addition, her volunteers shared many examples of Derks support:
She is “an active volunteer in every way.” 
She helps promote events and the importance of the volunteers to the hospital, recruits for volunteers, volunteers herself, speaks at events, and attends almost every event and fundraiser the Auxiliary hosts, both on and off the hospital campus. 
She also prioritizes making time to attend WHA’s Advocacy Day each year and encourages and welcomes as many volunteers and staff that want to ride the bus “to be that voice and presence.”

In closing their nomination of Derks for the 2018 Best of the Best Administrative Award, her volunteers noted, “…she has built a strong foundation with our volunteers and made them feel important, needed, and how to be a shining example of positive leadership.”

Visit the Partners of WHA for more information on Best of the Best Administrative Award.

This story originally appeared in the October 09, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter