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​DOC Employee Spotlight

Beginning the week of November 16, Department of Corrections officials will highlight a different employee group each week through the end of the year as a way of showing appreciation for the great work done by employees every day. This year has brought unprecedented challenges and changes, yet DOC staff continues to rise to meet the moment and work hard to keep DOC facilities safe. Below is a look at who was highlighted each week, along with how different facilities honored those groups.

Security and Maintenance Staff (Nov. 23-27)

Key Roles: Corrections officers (ranging from corrections officer trainees to majors); parole agents; community corrections center monitors; transport officers and agents; mailroom staff; training staff; perimeter patrol staff; facility maintenance staff.

Facility
Employee Recognition
AlbionStaff is being recognized/nominated by peers and receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for going above and beyond their duties during the pandemic. These are signed by the superintendent and awarded daily.  At the end of the week, assorted cookies will be provided for all shifts courtesy of Albion's Empowerment Committee.
Cambridge SpringsSent a message of thanks and support to the group recognized and held drawings for employees to win cookies. In lieu of "dress down days," since this group can't dress down, they are allowed to wear their favorite baseball cap with their uniforms.
Camp Hill
Uniformed staff are permitted to wear a ball cap or watch cap in support of  their favorite team/sport through Dec. 5.
Chester
​Allowed staff to bring food in to their work place. Recognized staff by hanging a "thank you" banner in the front lobby. Shared an email thanking them. 
​Coal Township
Sent a message of support and thanks to staff and provided sheet cakes in the staff dining room as a show of appreciation.
Dallas
Enlarged flyers were placed within the facility highlighting the specific departments along with the ODR. Additionally, the FSI’s were able to bake a beautiful cake for everyone to enjoy. To go along with the cake, a special “thank you” treat was placed on the ODR line that consisted of cinnamon swirled French toast.
Frackville
Each security and maintenance staff was given a hand-written thank-you card from the Administration along with a Dunkin Donuts gift card from the Employee Recreation Association. The cards were delivered throughout the week by Administrative Staff/Shift Commanders.  Also, each staff member received an email from Major of the Guard Theodore Carter expressing gratitude for a job well done.
Greene
Recognized staff this week by hosting a food truck from the Southside of Pittsburgh Monday and permitting staff to be relieved from posts to enjoy.  
Huntingdon
A banner at SCI HuntingdonHung a banner recognizing the group at the front gate for the week.
Laurel Highlands
SCI Laurel Highlands security employeesShared an article highlighting the group along with pictures of the various departments.
Mahanoy
Recognized this week’s staff with a banner in the entrance area as well as presenting all staff with $10.00 gift cards. 
Mercer
Security, maintenance and mailroom staff have an open gate for food this week, and names were drawn for parking spaces. Bags with cookies and a thank-you note were distributed, a long with daily emails thanking staff and a section of the main ramp will be decorated with employee names and notes of encouragement from coworkers. There will also be a gift card drawing at the end of the week.
Muncy
Recognized the group with special emails sent from people in these areas to talk about the contributions and work these departments do on a daily basis.  They will also enjoy a pound cake for the staff, and award parking spots and prizes to members of this honored group.
Phoenix
A staff appreciation banner has been displayed by the staff entrance commemorating a celebration of the week. The Employee’s Association, Mentoring Committee and Empowerment Committee will sponsor a random drawing of the celebrated staff. The winner will receive: one cup, $25 coupon for Employee’s Association merchandise, $20 Wawa gift card and $10 cash. In addition, Superintendent Sorber, Deputy Terra, Major Terra and Captain Cavalari handed out sticky-buns and hot chocolate, made by our culinary department.
Waymart
Shared a note of thanks and support to staff, including photo collages of each recognized department.


Medical and Dental Staff (Nov. 16-20)

Key Roles: Nurses; Doctors (contracted); Corrections Health Care Administrators; Dental Assistants; Dental Hygienists; Dentists

Facility
Employee Recognition
AlbionMedical/dental personnel recognized as Employee of the 4th Quarter.
Benner TownshipShowed appreciation to staff working in medical/dental by having homemade cinnamon rolls delivered to staff working in these areas. Members of administrative staff shared words of appreciation.
Cambridge SpringsWrote an article honoring medical/dental staff and is holding a raffle for medical/dental personnel to win a box of cookies.
Camp Hill
A nurse at SCI Camp HillWrote an article honoring medical/dental staff.
​Chester
​Allowed staff to bring food in to their work place. Recognized staff by hanging a "thank you" banner in the front lobby. Shared an email thanking them. 
Coal Township
Shared fruit and vegetable trays and water bottles with the medical/dental departments.
Dallas
Hung flyers in the ODR along within the medical and dental department thanking medical/dental staff. Two cakes and cookies were specially made to show  appreciation for all the hard work that medical/dental do. The cakes and cookies were placed in the ODR for all shifts to enjoy. 
FayetteIssued letters of appreciation to medical/dental departments.
ForestShared a virtual recognition presentation for medical/dental staff highlighting what each area has done over the past year.
FrackvilleEach medical/dental employee will be given a hand-written thank-you card from the administration along with a Dunkin Donuts gift card from the Employee Recreation Association. The cards were delivered throughout the week by administrative staff.  Also, each medical/dental employee will receive an email expressing the adminstration's gratitude for a job well done.
GreenePermitting medical/dental staff to bring in food to their work place during the week and sending them special snacks from the dietary department.  
Huntingdon
A banner at SCI HuntingdonRecognized medical/dental staff by placing a banner above the front gate that says "Thank You Medical Department and Dental Staff!" Additionally, pizza was purchased for all shifts for medical/dental personnel on Monday.
Laurel Highlands A nurse at SCI Laurel HighlandsWrote an article honoring medical/dental staff thanking them for their hard work. As a small token of appreciation and thanks, the administration donated their parking spots so that medical/dental individuals (who were nominated by their peers) could park there for the week.
Mahanoy
Placed a banner near the employee entrance thanking them for their efforts, and shared an email to staff recognizing them. All medical and dental staff will also be receiving a $10 Amazon gift card presented by administrative staff.
​Muncy
​Shared an message of support for medical/dental staff, and awarded administrative/manager parking spots to medical/dental staff for the week.
Phoenix A dentist at SCI PhoenixPosted a banner thanking medical/dental staff, and the Employee’s Association, Mentoring Committee and Empowerment Committee will sponsor a random drawing of medical/dental staff. The winner will receive a cup, $25 coupon for Employee’s Association merchandise, $20 Wawa gift card and $10 cash. In addition, Superintendent Sorber and Deputy Sipple handed out sticky-buns and hot chocolate to medical and dental staff.
Quehanna
An inmate is creating a poster to hang in the main lobby that will updated each week with the departments being honored. Every employee will receive a $5 Sheetz gift card in their respective weeks, and the facility is holding a raffle and 50-50 drawing. They are also having a special meal every Friday to honor that particular department being spotlighted.
Waymart
Sent an email acknowledging and thanking medical/dental staff and shared two photo collages of the departments.