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A great example of the Gritman Way

Chris Hauck awarded the Gritman Way Award

The Gritman Way Award is annually given to a team member who exemplifies Gritman Medical Center’s values: Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence.

“We want our organization to be one where the values do not just hang from the walls on a sign, but actually walk the halls and bring life to compassionate and respectful care,” Chief Experience Officer Scott Nelson said. “This is what Chris has always done all the years I have interacted with him here at Gritman. Chris leads by example and is a great mentor for the rest of us and what it looks like to live the Gritman values each and every day.”There are many people at all levels of Gritman who consistently display these traits, but this year it was Chris Hauck, a hyperbaric tech/safety coordinator in the Wound Healing Center, who was selected for the award. Chris has been working at Gritman since 2013, and he joined the Wound Healing team in January 2018.

Chris was nominated by Admitting Services Representative Lisa Kathanimane after she witnessed him purchase lunch for a patient.

“There was a patient that was having a procedure done and would not be able to eat in time,” she wrote in her nomination letter. “The patient was hungry and did not have time to get anything. So, Chris bought the patient lunch and we went down and got it. The patient was very grateful! Chris is phenomenal with all of his patients! He is always full of kindness, laughter, and the utmost professionalism!!!”

Wound Healing Center Director Sharon Cofre complimented Chris for always going the extra step to ensure patients are comfortable.

“He remembers the individual things that the patients like and offers those things when they come back the next time,” she said. “He is respectful of all people and a perfect example of the Gritman Way.”

For our patients and their loved ones, it is sometimes the little things that matter the most. Thank you for setting a great example, Chris!

Dedicated to your healing and comfort

Gritman has two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers to help heal wounds.

Hyperbaric chambers

Chris and our amazing Wound Care team had more than 4,400 patient encounters and a wound healing rate exceeding 91% in 2019. Most wounds we treat are healed within an average of 30 days, meaning the majority of our patients are able to quickly go back to living life.

Among the patients we have served are Mary Muench, who came to our center with what had progressed into a life-threatening wound, and Silas Robbins, who was facing the possibility of foot amputation.

Mary patient story image  Silas with family patient story image

Read more about Mary and Silas at Gritman’s Wound Healing Center’s patient stories