New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland Presents Employee Awards


PORTLAND, Maine – New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland presented several awards at their annual Employee Appreciation Day celebrations held on May 30 and 31, 2018.

Occupational Therapist Jen Villacci Potter, of Cape Elizabeth, received The Buzz Fitzgerald Award, established by the friends and family of Buzz Fitzgerald to be awarded to a staff member who has demonstrated extraordinary care to rehab patients and their families. Jen approaches each patient as if they were a family member. She takes great pride in helping her patients regain their independence and ability to return home.

Nancy Lizotte, CRRN, of Brunswick, received the Leadership Award, given to a member of the hospital’s leadership team who has made significant contributions during the prior year. The Leadership Award is decided by a vote of all employees of the hospital. Over the course of her career at NERHP, Nancy has been a staff nurse, charge nurse, Stroke Program Leader, Medical Records Compliance Analyst, Nurse Manger, and in 2018, accepted the position of Chief Nursing Officer.

The Rehabilitation Services Award, which spotlights employees who work to improve patient care and contribute behind the scenes, was presented to Maine Medical Center’s Tristan Heydolph of Portland. Tristan is a great co-worker who helps his peers with any request. His supervisor receives many compliments about his great service.

Lindsay Smith, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), of Windham, was awarded the Sandra Marriner Certified Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year Award.  This special award was established as a way to commemorate Sandra Marriner, a CRRN at NERHP, who passed away in 2010. Lindsay advocates intensely for her patients and is regarded as a clinical expert on the night shift, where she is supervisor.

Physical Therapist Ashley Armington, of Portland, was awarded Clinician of the Year. In a relatively short time at NERHP, Ashley has become a clinician who exudes the confidence and determination of someone with years of experience. She will explore every avenue possible to help a patient achieve their goals.

Ruby Allen Clay, CRRN, of Amesbury, MA, received the Employee of the Year award. Ruby embodies the principles of comfort, professionalism, and respect in all of her interactions with patients, staff and visitors. She is highly approachable, has a smile for everyone and is an active listener.

A new award, the Community Partnership Award, was presented to Wayside Food Programs for their work managing the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, a low-income senior food program for community members who are 60 or older. Wayside has worked with NERHP and MMC staff to connect eligible patients with the program on discharge, helping to improve outcomes for our patients.

Along with these honors, the hospital acknowledged staff members with years of service from five to forty years.

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