April 12th, 2005

Teresa Bence is Great River Health Systems’ EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2004. She has worked at Great River Medical Center since 1964.

Bence, of West Burlington, is a registered nurse in the Women and Family Center.

Great River Klein Center, a 125-bed long-term-care facility, named Dianna Rounds its 2004 EXCEL Employee of the Year. Rounds is a life enhancement specialist in the Sapphire Wings Unit for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Rounds has worked for the hospital and Klein Center for 32 years. She lives in Burlington.

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.