Erin Norris of Diamond is a radiology technologist at the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital. Her contributions extend well beyond taking quality X-rays.
She has made herself an integral part of the Immediate Care and Occupational Medicine teams at Morris Hospital and inspires everyone around her. For all of these reasons, Norris was named December Fire Starter of the Month at Morris Hospital.
“When I think of our team, I feel Erin elevates us,” Danielle Sibert, Immediate Care charge nurse at Morris Hospital, said in a news release. “She helps by anticipating the nursing and doctors’ needs to assist overall patient care. She is always asking what more she can do to help our patients.”
Inspired by her nurse mother, Norris chose a career path in X-ray immediately after high school. After graduating from Kankakee Community College and completing her student training at Morris Hospital, she landed a job with Morris Hospital’s imaging department on the midnight shift in 1998. She switched to afternoons and then to days before transferring to the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center (DRC) when it opened in 2003.
“I found that I was able to take on an expanded role at the DRC,” Norris said. “I really like to be a team player, learn new things, make new friends, and help with the patient flow. I think that’s important in a fast-paced environment like immediate care. I really enjoy being able to help in every area.”
Morris Hospital Immediate Care manager Kim Smith agrees that Norris is a true asset to the team.
“Erin is an integral part of the excellent care given to the patients in Immediate Care,” Smith said in a press release. “She can be counted on to rise to any occasion presented to her, whether it involves X-ray, immediate care, occupational medicine, or even laboratory. Plus, she always comes to work with a great attitude.”
Morris Hospital’s Imaging Services manager Michele Residori is also appreciative of Norris’ many contributions.
“Erin is a wonderful employee,” Residori said in a press release. “She has a strong work ethic and takes initiative to get things done. She is very dependable and a phenomenal team player, always willing to help out with whatever needs to be done. She is very deserving of this award.”
Whether she’s taking care of a patient or assisting a co-worker, Norris is able to find personal rewards in everything she does.
“It feels good when you can assist a child who might be scared by trying to ease their anxiety, or when you can offer that extra hand by trying to find out what’s wrong with the patient,” Norris said. “I try to make a difference, even if I’m going the extra mile for that one special person. It’s a good feeling to know that I’m helping and part of the team.”
In early civilizations, fire starters were the individuals who had the important job of keeping the flame alive.
As Fire Starter of the Month, Norris received a Grundy County Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, a Morris Hospital logoed clothing item of her choice, a special “Fire Starter” lapel pin, and a designated parking spot for the month.
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is the largest employers in Grundy County with more than 1,200 employees.