SVMC Goes Big for Staff with First Employee Carnival.
In the cool of Friday evening Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) employees
were not at a loss for things to do. The hospital threw their first employee
carnival, which was open to employees and their families.
With the help of SVMC’s Employees Promoting Positive Engagement and
Comradery (EPPEC) Team, the first annual carnival was packed with people
who enjoyed all the new and exciting things the hospital has to offer.
From carnival games to live music and food, there was not a shortage of
activities for those in attendance to participate in with their families.
Hot dogs were being served, as well as cotton candy and popcorn.
Six carnival games sat in the center of the event, and parents stood by
as their children lined up at each. Small prizes were handed out to those
who won games they participated in.
A rock climbing wall was set up toward the back of the designated carnival
area, alongside a ride similar to a tilt-o-whirl. Some attendees enjoyed
the live band while they ate at the provided tables. Others enjoyed a
photo booth that snapped pictures which were immediately printed out as
a souvenir to take home.
Opportunities to win a prize were abundant, and carnival goers were able
to put their names into a prize drawing for large valuable prizes. Prizes
such as a Chromebook, an Apple TV, a tool chest, a Char Broil Smoker and
many gift cards were up for grabs.
Tracy Canales, the vice president for human resources and executive sponsor
for the EPPEC Team, shed some light as to why the hospital decided to
throw a carnival this year.
“We made a decision in the early part of the year that we wanted
to rebrand our employee-oriented team. So we rebranded from the ACTION
team to the EPPEC team,” said Canales.
“From that we were starting to take ideas of what employees like,
and realizing that we were a 24-hour facility, we wanted to bring something
that was more convenient for our employees. We’ve had off-site events,
but we wanted to bring it here so it was easier for them to attend and
just to try something new.”
SVMC is home to around 1,000 employees who spend a lot of time at work.
The hospital used to prepare a holiday dinner for their staff, but this
year decided to try something different.
Cindy Gomez, a lead on the EPPEC team, shared the motivation behind the
change in event.
“We wanted to give something that the employees and their families
could enjoy and something that was here on site just to show our appreciation,”
SVMC employees seemed excited to attend and some expressed their gratitude
to the EPPEC Team for making the carnival happen.
“I think this fabulous and good for the family,” said Lisa
Lopez, a switchboard operator for the hospital. Lopez was accompanied
by her daughter, Gabrielle Lopez, and her mother, Millie Matthews.
The hospital hopes to keep this event going as an annual employee appreciation
event, and the turnout to this year’s carnival was an encouraging
outlook for the future.
“We are really pleased with the results,” said Gomez. “We
had given out 1,300 tickets for this event for the first time, which is
more than any other event by far.”
SVMC’s CEO, Donna Hefner, enjoyed seeing the families in attendance.
“We really enjoy the family side,” Hefner said. “We spend
so much of our time here at work, and I tell the employees during town
halls that we do spend half our time here at work. So just being able
to see their families and just spend time with them is really exciting.”
SVCM staff is looking forward to the future of this event and giving back
to the employees.
“The family environment, the welcoming environment, is really the
culture we have at Sierra View, so we just want to foster that and keep
building on it,” said Hefner.