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Mindy McLane honored as IVCH Employee of the Year

Lab tech known for 'always putting the patient first'

Mindy McLane (at left) accepts the Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award from Illinois Valley Community Hospital CEO Tommy Hobbs.
Mindy McLane (at left) accepts the Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award from Illinois Valley Community Hospital CEO Tommy Hobbs.

A laboratory technologist described as someone who “always puts the patient first” is the 2020 winner of the Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Mindy McLane, a medical lab tech currently serving as one of the interim supervisors of the IVCH laboratory, was selected by the board of directors of the IVCH Foundation as the winner of the annual award from nominations submitted by hospital employees.

“She is constantly bringing in new ideas and improving the way we test in order for us to provide the fastest and most accurate testing for the patients. She is up to date on all the concerns in our community to ensure the best possible care,” read a nomination from lab assistant Juliet Plut.

A nomination from histologist Deb Baltikauski said McLane, who has worked at IVCH for five years, “always puts the patient first ... and she always spends way more time working than any individual should.”

McLane is a resident of Peru.

The Buckman Award is sponsored by the family of the late George Buckman, a long-time member of the IVCH board of directors.

Other finalists for the 2020 Buckman Award included Jennifer Pickert of Earlville, supervisor of the IVCH CareToday walk-in clinic; Janine Sobin of Spring Valley, the hospital’s infection control coordinator; and Tina Wawerski, of Peru, the director of quality management at IVCH.

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