Employee of the Month – January 2017

2017-1-photo-staff-julie-wJanuary 2017 – Julie W.

Julie has worked for HHU since 2001 and is currently a Medical Social Worker – MSW at our Madison East location. Julie has a vast amount of knowledge in both our home care and hospice services. She willingly picks up shifts, on-call and weekends as asked. Julie is able to seek connections for our patients so that they can stay safe in their homes. Julie has worked hard to market the skills of Social Workers to not only HHU staff, but also communities to ensure that HHU’s mission gets out to others. Her intuition to know when to help a patient or when to let the patient decide if help is needed is a great asset! Not only has Julie worked in her normal daily routine, but she has also taken on additional tasks to include being an integral member of the We Honor Veterans Committee, a participant in the TimeStar trial, and has many new staff shadow her. Julie is a crucial and knowledgeable team member of HHU.

What do you enjoy most about working at HHU?
I am passionate about being able to help patients and their caregivers/families find solutions to the issues that they face as they encounter health changes. Only in the home setting are we privileged to experience the larger picture of who a patient is and what is truly important to them. Those who work closely with me know my mantra: “there is always more to the story”. It is great to be a part of a team of health care professionals, as together we can learn the stories and truly make a difference in the lives of others.

What does Employee of the Month mean to you?
I am humbled to be among some of the first group of employees recognized as employee of the month and I value the recognition by my colleagues.

When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?
My partner and I love to cook year round. Summer months I spend gardening…call me weird, but I was excited to receive books and supplies for vermicomposting for Christmas! Winter months we are at our home away from home – the UW campus – as we are long time season ticket holders for UW women’s basketball and women’s hockey; throw in some theater throughout the year, and now you know a bit more of the Julie story.