June 18th, 2004

Chris Oleson is Great River Health Systems’ EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2003. She has worked at Great River Medical Center since 1978.

Oleson, of West Burlington, is director of Great River Home Health Care and Hospice.

Great River Klein Center, a 125-bed long-term-care facility, named Candie Decker its 2003 EXCEL Employee of the Year. Decker has been a licensed practical nurse at the center since 2002. She lives in Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Criteria for the employee of the year awards are based on the health system’s philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for Enthusiastically friendly, X-ceeding expectations, Caring and compassion, Energetic teamwork, and Leadership and professionalism.