Celebrating the stars among us
Banquet honors long-term employees for their commitment
At UF Health, we believe our staff is among the most committed in the health care industry. Our employees’ passion for providing quality patient care and service and their genuine desire to move our organization forward makes this such a strong and successful organization able to meet our patients’ needs. Many of our employees have spent over 10 years with us, and some have even spent 40 years or more! From name changes to new hospitals, these employees have evolved along with our organization and helped propel us forward. Each year, we recognize our long-term employees for their contributions at the annual Milestones Service Awards banquet.
Kristi Gaver, UF Health Shands Human Resources Employee Relations event planner and project coordinator, works with a team to oversee each detail of the event. They spend months planning to ensure that attendees feel like stars.
“My goal is to create an experience that is fun, memorable and meaningful to each guest,” Gaver said. “It is so rewarding to hear guests ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ about the décor, sing along to music in the program or laugh at jokes in the script.”
Honorees attend the March banquet following their 10th year of service, and every five years thereafter. For this year’s event, the newly renovated Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center morphed into a chic VIP lounge to highlight the rock star theme.
A DJ, glamorous lounge furniture and a photo booth were among the treats in store for our guests of honor and their loved ones. Staff members dressed as rock icons made table visits, while the program highlighted UF Health Shands’ history through the years the honorees were hired. The night also included a special tribute to our 45-year honoree Rhea Broyles, M.S.N., R.N. (Turn to page 6 to learn more about Broyles and her roles with UF Health Shands over the years.)
“Planning the Milestone Awards is my favorite part of my job,” Gaver said. “The whole evening is about our employees and making them feel special and proud about their service to our organization, and I am honored to have a part in that.”
To view more photos of the event, visit news-notes.UFHealth.org and search “Milestone Service Awards banquet photos.”