Employee Awards and Accolades

Employees of the Month

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Five Stairways Behavioral Health employees were recently recognized as Employees of the Month for their outstanding efforts in fulfilling their professional responsibilities.

Debbie Sardini and John Sushereba earned the honor for August and September, respectively, while Josh Thayer and Kari Papinchak were each recognized in October. Bev Wright is the most recent EOM recipient, having garnered the accolade in November.

For performing a heroic act in a life-threatening situation in which she attended to a client who was suffering from a major seizure, Sardini earned the distinction. While meeting one-on-one at the client’s home, Sardini, a blended case manager, called 911 and provided needed information upon the paramedics’ arrival.

Sushereba, a therapist at Stairways Erie Outpatient clinic, was recognized for having a profound impact in the life of a client. Lead therapist Hank Krol was approached at a job fair in August by a young man who wished to thank Stairways, in particular Sushereba, for helping him through a difficult period in his life.

Thayer, an MIS network technician, received his honor for his part in assisting staff and office moves for the Mobile Medication Monitoring program.

Thayer also arranged for the transfer of electronic and communication devices in a simple way for the staff that would not affect programming. He then trained and acclimated the staff on the new equipment, ensuring that everyone felt comfortable using the new devices.

As a Licensed Practical Nurse at Stairways’ Meadville Outpatient clinic, Papinchak was commended for performing a heroic act in a life-threatening situation when she performed the Heimlich maneuver on the infant daughter of a client. Papinchak was conducting an assessment with the mother when she properly dislodged candy from the 1-year-old’s throat.

Wright, in her role as internal audit manager, was instrumental in helping Stairways convert in its transitions from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) version 9 to ICD10 and from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) IV to DSM V. The conversions required Wright to work with the MIS and clinical departments, and work through any issues that arose during the transition process.

Those working with Wright in particular cited the calm, respectful and patient manner in which she worked during the project.


From left, Debbie Sardini, John Sushereba, Josh Thayer, Bev Wright. (Kari Papinchak not pictured)

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