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Pat Harper named Employee of the Month
Flu Program Manager honored

February 28, 2005

Home Health United has named Pat Harper employee of the month for February. Harper is celebrating her 35th year as a registered nurse. She joined Visiting Nurse Service in 1992 as a case manager and later became a supervisor. Home Health United and the Visiting Nurse Service eventually merged.

In 1998 Harper took over the Flu Immunization Program. She was also instrumental in starting the Corporate and Community Health and Wellness Program.

Under Harperís leadership, the HHU Flu Program has grown each year. This year Harper faced huge challenges when the vaccine shortage caused cancellation of hundreds of immunization clinics. However, she didnít let it get her down. Instead Harper showed great flexibility when the situation called for day-by-day adjustments, coordination with state and local health officials and starting from scratch to provide public immunization under CDC limitations.

Harper reacted to the changes in criteria with a "do whatever it takes attitude." She was always thinking about how to contact people and let them know where they could get flu shots. She says she enjoys the challenge of managing the program.

Pat and her husband, Mike, have two sons and one grandson. Harper enjoys reading and scrap booking. The Harpers are ushers at the Overture Center. Pat plays hand bells and is active in the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. She goes on a mission trip each summer with the church youth group.

Home Health United is a comprehensive home health care provider serving patients in 19 counties. This nonprofit agency has offices in Janesville, Madison, Reedsburg, Portage and Prairie du Sac. The Home Medical Equipment division has additional offices in Baraboo, Platteville and Johnson Creek. The agency employs about 350 people including nurses, therapists, social workers, companion caregivers and administrative staff.

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